Application Information

Climate Summer 2014 Dates: June 8th – August 17th


Summer 2014 Application TimelineApplications are Posted - by October 15th



Summer 2014 Application Timeline

    • Applications are Posted - by October 15th
    • Priority Application Deadline - December 6th
    • Regular Application Deadline - January 17th
    • Application Deadline - March 1st (or until the programs are filled.)
    • UPDATE (4/7/2014) – We are waiting for final decisions from a number of accepted applicants. Additional applicants will be considered during this time. Based on our experience, we believe that we will be able to accept 5 additional applicants for Climate Summer 2014. If you think this program is right for you, please apply!

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as Better Future Project will accept a higher percentage of applicants from the earlier application periods. Applicants will be considered from all three application periods. We plan for a range of participants (this year 25-35). While we will not conduct a recruitment push after we hit the lower number on our range, we are able to continue to accept qualified applicants as late as May (though we cannot guarantee that positions will be open at that time).


Application Process

Step 1: Submit the online application form.

Step 2: Schedule an Interview. If our staff feel that you are a good fit for one of our programs, you will be invited to schedule a telephone interview. If we do not offer an interview, we will provide you with feedback on your application and any suggestions we have for other opportunities that might be available to you.

Step 3: Interview! (Note: after your interview, you may be asked to schedule a second interview with a different staff member before we make a final decision concerning your application).

Step 4: Notification. Usually within a week of your interview, you will be notified of the status of your application (acceptance to a program, wait-list, or non-acceptance).

Step 5: Commit! If you are accepted to a program, we will ask you to make a firm commitment within a few weeks. If you cannot confirm your participation in that timeframe, you may ask to be placed on the wait-list until after the next round of applicants has been processed. If you place yourself on the wait-list, we cannot hold a position for you in the program. Because Climate Summer requires significant advance work with communities and detailed logistical planning, it is important that we know exactly how many riders we will be supporting. We anticipate the the 2014 cohort be 25-35 riders strong.

Step 6: Welcome! Once you confirm your participation in the program, you will receive a Welcome Packet (with the 2014 Packing List and Gear Guide and other materials to help you prepare).

Step 7: Prepare! Time to gather your gear, get on your bike (or the indoor bike, depending on your location and the severity of the winter), and get ready for a transformative summer. We will connect you with past riders and with others who plan to ride in 2014, schedule regular check-ins with you, and send more resources your way.

Community Partners

We ride throughout New England, and our routes change yearly. Sometimes we come to a town because local leaders ask us to come and work with them! If you or your organization would like participate as a 2014 community partner, please contact Marla Marcum marla[at]betterfutureproject[dot]org.

Past host communities include:

Connecticut: Bridgeport, Hartford/East Hartford, Mansfield, Middletown, Mystic, New Haven

Maine: Augusta, Belfast, Biddeford, Brunswick, Cumberland, Lewiston/Auburn, Portland, South Portland, Rockland, Waterville, Windham, York

Massachusetts: Acton, Amherst, Arlington, Barnstable, Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River,  Fitchburg, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Holyoke, Hull, Jamaica Plain,  Kingston,  Lawrence,  Lexington,  Lowell,  Marblehead,  Marshfield,  Medford,  New Bedford, Newburyport, North Adams, North Andover, Northampton, Pittsfield,  Somerville, Springfield, Waltham, Wareham, Westport, Winchester, Worcester

New Hampshire: Concord, Dover, Durham, Gilford, Hanover, Keene, Lancaster, Manchester, Milford, Nashua,  Peterborough, Portsmouth, Star Island

Rhode Island: Providence, Westerly
Vermont: Bradford, Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, Montpelier, Richmond, Rutland, South Royalton, Vergennes,  Waterbury

Other Opportunities to Support Climate Summer

If you cannot participate as a rider or host community, please consider helping us to connect to others who may be interested in hosting or by supporting the program financially.

For information about giving to Climate Summer, please visit our Donate page, through our secure partner,