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THE 2022 COMMUNITY SPARK GRANT APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.
AWARDEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN AUGUST. THANK YOU!

 

About the League's Community Spark Grant Program

Overview

With generous support from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity and General Motors (GM), the League of American Bicyclists is delighted to announce its Community Spark Grants to support local advocates and organizations working to improve their communities through bicycling. These grants will award up to $1,500 to each organization to build local capacity for projects and programs that reach people across the wide range of a community's demographics and help create communities where bicycling is a safer, easier, and a more accessible option for people of varying ages, abilities, and disabilities. These efforts are part of the CDC’s Active People, Healthy Nation℠ Initiative which is working to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027.

The League is looking to support the growing number of grassroot advocates and organizations across the country who are creating local change every day. The League’s Bicycle Friendly America program will award Community Spark Grants to 10 organizations, with five of those being organizations in GM home communities. (See the list of eligible GM Cities here.) Eligible organizations are nonprofits and public or government organizations/agencies, and priority will be given to organizations and partners led by or directly serving people from racial and ethnic minority groups. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we encourage everyone to apply. Reach out to the League if you have questions. 

Through the Community Spark Grants, we hope to catalyze and fund projects that will strengthen and build Bicycle Friendly Communities and capacity for local changemakers. Our desire is for organizations to propose projects that uplift the community, center around issues faced by people from ethnic or racial minority groups, and build or create inclusive coalitions that can shed new light on current issues. Funds may support a wide range of bicycling-related projects such as, but not limited to, short term pop-up events, campaigns, tactical urbanism demonstrations, signage, educational events or resources, accessibility audits, or street safety improvements. We are especially looking for projects with new perspectives that increase opportunities for healthy and active ways to get around and include authentic engagement with the community.

The deadline to apply for a Community Spark Grant is July 15, 2022, at 11:59pm PT. Awards will be announced in August 2022.

Eligibility

  • Public or Government Agencies/Organizations (Ex. Parks and Rec Department)
  • Non-Profits - 501c3, 501c4, and 501c6
  • Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • U.S.-based organization

Examples of Projects

We welcome and encourage your creativity and ingenuity when it comes to your project submission. However, we also want to give you some examples and guidelines around things that cannot be funded.  We especially want to call your attention to the below websites and ideas for inspiration:

Grant Restrictions 

  • The League of American Bicyclists’ Community Spark Grant will not be able to fund most permit-required infrastructure, such as sidewalks or concrete for road widening. 

    • Bike racks or bike fix-it stations would be allowable. 
    • Some other things that are allowable are materials for temporary structures or demonstration/quick builds including paint, vertical delineators, bollards, and signage. 

Technical Note:

This online application system allows multiple users to collaborate on an application together. There is a “manage collaborators” button at the top of the online application where applicants can manage who has access to the form and allow for more than one person to fill out answers. We encourage communities and organizations who are applying for a grant to work with others in their local community to submit one joint application. For more information about collaborating on the application, see our application portal FAQs page.

Questions: 

If you have questions, please email Anna Tang at anna@bikeleague.org 

We look forward to receiving your application!