America Walks Opens 2019 Community Change Grant Applications
America Walks, partners of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, Lyft, WalkBoston, and other generous sponsors, are excited to announce another round of our popular Community Change Grant program. This program will award grantees $1,500.00 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play.
America Walks has seen firsthand that the passion, innovation and hard work of advocates and local organizations to advance safe, equitable, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move are what create the foundation for walkable communities across the US. This grant program will work to provide support to the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create change at the community level.
Funded projects must demonstrate that they will show increased physical activity and active transportation in a specific community, work to engage people and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability, and demonstrate a culture of inclusive health. Projects will create healthy, active, and engaged communities that support walking as transportation, health, and recreation.
Awardees will be notified in December 2019. Funds must be used in the 2020 calendar year.
Please contact Heidi Simon at email@example.com with questions.
Metro Travel options grants
Regional Travel Options grants create safe, vibrant, and livable communities by supporting programs that increase walking, biking, ride sharing, telecommuting and public transit use. In 2019, Metro added a Safe Routes to School specific grant opportunity that provided $900,000 over 3 years to Safe Routes to School programs across the Portland Metro area. Learn more about the RTO grant program here.
In addition, Metro provides Regional Travel Options sponsorships – of which Safe Routes to School program support is eligible. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about RTO sponsorships here.
MUFG Union Bank Foundation
The MUFG Union Bank Foundation is now accepting proposals for its Community Giving Grant Program. The MUFG Union Bank Foundation proactively invests in the communities where MUFG Union Bank, N.A., and its businesses operate (in Oregon, Portland, Tigard and Salem) for the benefit of low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. The Foundation focuses on the following strategic program areas: Affordable Housing (organizations that develop and preserve housing that is affordable and accessible to LMI populations); Community Economic Development (organizations that strengthen communities by expanding access to economic opportunity; Education (education and cultural institutions, and programs that promote academic advancement, increase literacy, and foster imaginative minds; and, Environment (organizations that promote long-term environmental stewardship and sustainability).
To learn more about the MUFG Union Bank Foundation please click here.
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations
Please contact by telephone at 1-800-758-6812 to discuss your project ideas.
OAE Choice Trust Mini-Grants
The purpose of the Mini Grant Award is to support established School Employee Wellness programs with funding up to $5,000. Mini Grant funds are to be used to promote school employee health, well-being and resilience using the OEA Choice Trust Framework of Proven Strategies and Best Practices as a guide. Mini Grant Awards are meant to boost the current efforts of your program or help you develop and implement new parts of your program. Please click here.
Competitive Grant Program:
The majority of the funds, 87.5 percent or greater, are used for a Competitive Grant Program to build street safety projects to reduce barriers and hazards for children walking or bicycling to or from schools. Learn more here.
Rapid Response Grant Program:
Up to 10 percent of funds are used for urgent needs or systemic safety issues that occur in between Competitive Program Grant cycles. Learn more here.
Project Identification Grant Program:
Up to 2.5 percent of funds are used by ODOT to help communities identify projects to reduce barriers and hazards for children walking or bicycling to and from school and that will lead to eventual construction. Learn more here.
Infrastructure program – Project Identification results:
In the infrastructure program, ODOT selected 14 communities this summer, representing 32 schools, to work with on identifying potential projects for future funding. Partners will work together to:
- Identify barriers and solutions for students walking and rolling to/from targeted schools in these selected communities.
- Include these solutions in a newly-created local Safe Routes to School plan.
Communities receiving this assistance are spread across the state and include Bandon, Terrebonne, Oakland, Pendleton and others. The Project Identification Program helps ensure these communities and schools are ready to apply for project funding in future award years.
The next solicitation for ODOT’s Safe Routes to School Program will be summer 2020, when approximately $26 million will be awarded through a competitive process to build street safety projects that address barriers to children walking and rolling to school.
You can keep track of the funds allocated in this program with the interactive Safe Routes to School project tracking map.
ODOT has awarded $2.3 million for the upcoming three-year grant cycle, 2020-2022. Funding for this program comes from the Federal Highway Administration. Recipients range from the Beaverton School District to Commute Options (covering Jefferson County, Sisters, Bend/La Pine, Redmond and Crook County), from the Medford School District to the city of La Grande.
ODOT received 28 applications for the Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Program, totaling more than $4.4 million in funding requests. Staff used a set of principles approved by the Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee to rank the applications: safety, equity, communication, collaboration and coordination. The recommended list of eleven projects for 2020-2022 was approved by the Oregon Transportation Safety Committee on August 14.