Each year, the JAM Fund provides grants to developing riders who demonstrate a commitment to cycling. The grant comes in the form of financial and/or equipment support, and any cyclist between the age of 10 and 25 may apply. JAM Fund is looking for passionate cyclists who are interested in becoming better members of society. We encourage young people to be community stewards while we support them as they move through the ranks and work toward joining our fully-supported JAM Fund Cycling Team. Our program is growing and we are proud to more than double the number of grants from 13 in 2016 to 35 in 2018. We thank our donors and supporters that allow us to have such a successful development program. See the list of grant recipients here.
JAM Fund GRANT Process In FOUR phases
1. Apply for a JAM Fund Grant
If you are between the age of 10 to 25 and love racing your bicycle, then we encourage you to apply for our grant by filling out the JAM Fund Grant Online Application. Since we are in the Massachusetts Pioneer Valley, we give priority to cyclists in our surrounding area.
2. Join the NORTHAMPTON CYCLING CLUB
The JAM Fund encourages all grant applicants to join our partner and longtime supporter, the Northampton Cycling Club. The NCC offers racer rewards that qualifies you for even more financial support. Our grants are meant to be a supplement to a good club structure. In the JAM/NCC network, you'll get some of the best mentoring in the U.S., and be encouraged to train with our team members.
3. SELECTION TO the JAM FUND TEAM
After you received a JAM Fund Grant and continue to prove yourself dedicated to racing cyclocross and volunteering your time in the NCC and greater cycling community, you may be selected to the JAM Fund Development Team. During the spring and summer we support a long team on selected events to push the level of competition beyond the regional scene. Riders in the development pipeline are invited to local and national events based on progression and available transportation. Examples of funded team events are the Rasputitsa Gravel Road Race, Paris to Ancaster, and the Mt. Tremblant UCI Canada Cup. Four elite riders who are committed to becoming professional cross racers are selected for JAM's professional track each cross season, and very strong preference is given to riders who are NCC members and former grant winners.
4. Join the Professional Ranks
Once you've cut your teeth as a member of the JAM Fund Cycling Team, and you've proven yourself to be an exceptional racer and an even better member of the cycling community, the JAM Fund will help get you noticed and placed in one of the country's best professional cycling teams.
commonly asked QUestions
Who is eligible for a grant?
- Anyone between 10 and 25 years old may apply for a JAM Fund Grant.
- There are no USAC category requirements, and racers of all abilities are encouraged to apply.
- We are a regional program, so priority is given to athletes in our geographic area.
How and When do I Apply?
Fill out the online JAM Grant Application. We accept applications in spring. Winners will be contacted in early summer.
How do I increase my chances of winning a JAM Fund Grant?
It is essential that the applicant sees the value in our work. We are proud of our mentoring program and volunteerism. We want riders who wish to learn from our recent JAM Fund Team grads. We want riders willing to volunteer at community events, especially those who are willing to get their hands dirty to make the cyclocross scene better-- stomp in a few thousand stakes, wrap course tape, stand at a course crossing for a few hours in the rain-- and do the hard parts that create an unforgettable experience for other people. In your application tell us if you've done these things.
When will I know if I received a JAM Fund Grant?
JAM Fund Grants are announced each summer and presented at our annual Grand Fundo ride in Southampton, Massachusetts. You must be present at the event to receive your grant. Helping out with the Fundo is strongly encouraged. The Grand Fundo is the JAM Fund’s signature event and a major source of the team’s fundraising.
What if I don’t get a JAM Fund Grant?
If you don’t get a JAM Fund Grant this year, we encourage you to join and volunteer with our longtime supporter the Northampton Cycling Club and apply again next year. There are many enriching events over the season that will help with rider development. The JAM Fund holds several events and group rides with the NCC.