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2024 Community Spark Grants Now Accepting Applications

Looking for a spark of inspiration to build better bicycling in your community? The League of American Bicyclists is thrilled to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the third year of Community Spark Grants!

Launched in 2022, this mini-grant program awards organizations for projects and initiatives that catalyze a community’s ability to create places where bicycling is safer, easier, and more accessible. 

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The League’s Community Spark Grants support the growing number of local grassroots changemakers and organizations nationwide working to improve their communities through better bicycling with $1,500 mini-grants. Any nonprofit organization or public agency can apply to receive this funding. The goal is for organizations to propose projects that spark change by expanding capacity for local leaders and creating inclusive coalitions that help build more Bicycle Friendly Communities. Learn more about project eligibility here.

In 2024, 15 Community Spark Grants will be awarded. Generous support for these grants comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the CDC’s Active People, Healthy Nation℠ Initiative, which aims to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. Generous support for the grants also comes from General Motors (GM). Of the 15 organizations to receive awards, 7 must be in GM home communities.

2024 Community Spark Grant Timeline

  • Application Opens: November 20, 2023
  • Application Closes: February 1, 2024 at 5pm ET
  • Applications Reviewed: February 2024
  • Applicants Selected and Notified: March 2024
  • Project Execution: March-December 2024
  • Final Reports Due: End of December 2024

We hope this seed funding can be the spark that puts your next idea into action! Learn more about the Community Spark Grants, how to apply, project eligibility, deadlines, and read about past winners on the Community Spark Grant webpage.