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    HMBA (Indiana) awarded $10K Bikes Belong Grant!

    Hoosier Mountain Bike Association awarded $10,000 from Bikes Belong

    Over the summer the HMBA submitted a grant proposal to the Bikes Belong Coalition www.bikesbelong.org seeking additional funding for the Brown County RTP Project. We received word today (Nov. 7) that our proposal was approved. This is great news and goes a long way to ensuring that the aggressive goals for BCSP put forth by the HMBA can proceed quickly and smoothly.

    Join me in congratulating the HMBA and thanking Bikes Belong for their generous grant.

    Congratulations HMBA! Thank you Bikes Belong! A great way to show Indiana that Bikes do belong!

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    JmZ,

    Congrats! It always feels good to be awarded a grant to help forward your cause. I wrote a grant request to get our club almost $2K in REI grant money for tools.

    BTW, what is the HMBA going to do with the money?

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    The money will be used for the HMBA trail fund/to help match a RTP grant. The trail fund will be used to help build trails in Brown County State Park in Columbus Indiana, about a hour south of Indianapolis.

    The trail fund is used for the day to day funding of the trail building going on int the park. HMBA was required to raise matching funds equal to 20% of the $150,000 grant or about $37,500. Progress has been pretty good and HMBA has made swift progress towards that goal.

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    Has the call for bids gone out for this project, if applicable? What government agency, if any, is HMBA working with?

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    Yea, what is the game plan to spend the $187,500? How many miles is this for? Is there some big money, low miles deal in this (like a paved parking lot)?

    It's a long way from S Carolina, but for $187500, we can make a special trip.

    Has HMBA given any thought to using volunteer hours to help match the grant? If so, how many?

    Inquiring contractors want to know!

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    We have been working with trail solutions and a local contractor so far. I suspect there be a need for sub contractors as well. The layout of trails is completed.

    The grant includes building an ADA accessible shelter, with a water fountain and source,

    a 1/2 mile gravel connection to a paved bike trail at the park's gate. (not on photo)
    1mile of absolute beginner (already laid out) (not on photo)
    1.5-2.0 miles of beginner trail (already laid out) (green on photo)
    2.5-3.00 of intermediate trail (already laid out) (light blue on photo)
    and
    ~5 miles of expert trail. (blue on map) (dark blue) these trails will connect into the existing (non grant) trails at the far northern end of the photo.



    for other images of the terrain we are going through and trails hmba has already built
    look in.

    http://www.hmba.org/index.php?option...d=88&g2_page=1

    we are excited because of the elevation and rock features and other natural features that the trail showcases that would be otherwise unaccessible in the park. It is terrain that is truly unique in our region.

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    Who has the grant/ cuts the checks? HMBA, or a gov't agency?

    If HMBA, how do you guys manage to spend the money first and get reimbursed by RTP later? Incremental expendatures and reimbursement, or an advance? Just curious.

    If not HMBA, what gov't agency - Indiana State Parks?

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    HMBA has the grant , and will be in charge of writing checks. we have started a statewide trail fund used to cash flow grant work. Given that there is ~an 8 week delay in check to reimbursement. HMBA's goal is to get ~30k into the trail fund. (feel free to donate) I believe the bikes belong grant is being used to augment the trail fund.

    We are looking to actually get the remaining matching 20% in volunteer hours. this should be achievable.

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    HUGE props to HMBA. That's a lot of money. Best of luck w/ the fundraising, volunteering and getting those miles on the ground.

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    Can you give me an idea on how you coordinated the RTP and Bikes Belong Grants in terms of being able submit the RTP w/ the $10k from Bikes Belong? That's a great way to match w/o committing your volunteers and resources to more than is feasible.

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    Wow! Awesome project! HMBA is doing everything right.

    My company is definitely interested in sub-contracting if needed.

    Dewayne

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    Any idea on when the RFP will go out?

    It would be nice to combine work with a family visit and a visit to the old stomping grounds.

    I'll hound the boys down in PRB too.

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    Best bet to keep informed on details of what's going on with Brown co is to visit the HMBA message boards.

    www.hmba.org and check in on the Brown Co board.

    There are plenty of people that are involved and can accurately answer questions.

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