Park Tool has announced Recyke y’bike Newcastle as one of the winners of its fourth annual Community Tool Grant.
The Park Tool Community Tool Grant Program started in 2016 as a way to help local non-profit organisations from across the globe with tools and kit to help them make a difference in their communities. The ten winners each receive over $1,400 worth of tools, repair stands and kit.
The first ever winner in the UK, Recyke y’bike in Newcastle-upon Tyne is an organisation committed to helping its local community through developing skills and improving the quality of life of socially or economically disadvantaged people in the North East of England. The organisation also promotes cycling to improve health and educates people in the safe use, re-use and maintenance of bikes.
Eric Hawkins, Park Tool’s President and Chief Mechanic, said: “It has been great to look back and see how our past Community Tool Grant winners have benefited from the tools we’ve provided and all the people they’ve helped with properly working with bicycles. We’ve been blown away each year reading the stories and applications. There are so many deserving organisations doing such wonderful work out there and we’re proud to be able to help in this way.”
As well as Recyke y’bike, nine other winners have been chosen, with the full list available to view on Park Tool’s website here.
If your organisation is interested in applying for the 2020 Community Tool Grant Program, applications will open again in Autumn this year. Keep an eye on the Park Tool Blog, website and social media for details of this year’s application process.
Hawkins spoke to CIN about what’s in the pipeline for Park Tool, including the brand’s new workshop e-bike lift, in the latest episode of the CIN Podcast, you can listen here or via the player at the right of the website.