2024 APPLICATION SEASON IS now closed
*ATTENTION: If you applied for bikes and DID NOT receive a confirmation email from our executive director, then we did not receive your application. Please email us so you can be included.
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Eligible applicants include 501c3’s serving marginalized communities in Dane County and southern Wisconsin and public schools.
If you are searching for a bike for yourself or someone else, please contact a nonprofit you receive services from or, contact your school social worker. You can call our shop at (608) 405-0385 if you are having a transportation crisis and we’ll work with you to provide assistance.
We distribute bikes through our vast network of 501c3 nonprofit partners who already serve marginalized communities and through public schools in southern Wisconsin. We give bikes to both kids and adults.
• Applicants can apply for up to 100 bikes so we can equitably provide bikes throughout the region. Please note that our giveaways are dependent upon the success of our bike donation drives so the number you request cannot be guaranteed.
• Organizations in Dane County will be prioritized for our giveaway season in spring but southern Wisconsin organizations are invited to apply.
• Looking for a bike? Please reach out to your school social worker or a nonprofit you receive services from. They receive our bikes and determine the recipients.
Bikes for Kids handles collecting and repairing bikes but we rely on our distribution partners to select our bike recipients to ensure they’re going to those most in need. These organizations then register bike recipients for the bike giveaway program in the spring.
Applications are reviewed on an individual basis. For first time applicants, it’s best to talk with us about the process before you apply. Applying for bikes requires organizations to have one point of contact to register recipients and coordinate the giveaway event with your families in April/May. Please send an email to start the conversation.