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Community Spark Grant Project Ideas
We welcome and encourage your creativity and ingenuity when it comes to your project submission. We especially want to call your attention to the below websites and ideas for inspiration as well as give you some guidelines around ideas that cannot be funded.
- Tactical Urbanism Guide
- AARP The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit
- Discover Traffic Gardens
- #RedCupProject demonstration for protected bike lanes
- The Takoma Park Equity Walk
- Dance Mob Pop-Up demonstration for dangerous intersections
- Discover Traffic Gardens
- Strategies to Increase Physical Activity from the CDC
- 2022 Community Spark Grant Recipients
- 2023 Community Spark Grant Recipients
- AARP’s Bike Audit Tool Kit
These ideas are intentionally vague to offer inspiration and help spark ideas that will work best for your community.
- Develop vibrant community spaces, creative public participation, and/or community engagement
- Offer ways to get out to ride a bike
- Center equity and accessibility that builds the social fabric of a community
- Promote civic engagement through events or projects that get community members and civic leaders involved
- Training or actions to support bike infrastructure
- Bike educational opportunities that help people feel more comfortable or connected to biking
- Events that involve under-resourced neighborhoods to help build local capacity to support more bikeable places
- Enhance high-use public space with bike amenities that impact the broader community in a meaningful and inventive way
- Collaboratively develop public art and/or creative programming to promote and encourage bicycling
- Build coalitions to create programming or projects that improve accessibility and ease of biking
- Temporary projects that use evaluation data to support long-term change
Previously Awarded Projects:
Seniors: Cycle That Pain Away
Physicians are well-positioned to present the health benefits of physical activity to patients but rarely are these efforts to increase physical activity targeted to communities of color or seniors who often face health ailments that make physical activity difficult. Bicycle Oven Company plans to initiate discussions, offer Smart Cycling courses for seniors, as well as sponsor webinars and lunch-and-learn events, with physicians in the area about promoting the health benefits of bicycling as a low-impact sport to their patients.
13th Annual Mattapan on Wheels: The Musical Flavors of Mattapan
“Mattapan on Wheels (MoW) is a youth-led biking event created to encourage Mattapan residents to engage in physical activity, bring the community together, bring awareness to the city of Boston that Mattapan and black/brown people do bike, and provide route options about where riders can go on their bikes from Mattapan.”
Global District Open Streets
Tulsa Global District will host an open streets event as an implementation effort of the NACTO Streets for Kids Design Workshop. This event would close down 21st Street and help residents and City officials visualize how it could be used in a way that prioritizes families and children. Open Streets activities include offering community resources, kids’ games, a visioning station, and temporary elements to create a safer space for people with pedestrian crosswalks, bike lanes, street art, etc.