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Announcing: “Big Ideas” Grants

Cross-posed from the Advocacy Advance blog.

Over the past three years, Rapid Response Grants have supported campaigns that have won over $120 million in public investments for active transportation projects. The grantees have produced real-world campaign plans to show other advocacy organizations how it has been done.

This fall 2014, Advocacy Advance is announcing its “Big Ideas” Grants. Modeled after our successful Rapid Response Grant program, Advocacy Advance will award $30,000 total—3 grants of $10,000 each—to organizations that are pushing forward on some of the most important areas of bicycling and walking advocacy. “Big Ideas” Grants are intended to help with unforeseen opportunities, short-term campaigns or to push campaigns into the end zone to win funding for biking and walking infrastructure and programs.

The Advocacy Advance partnership seeks to fund innovative campaigns addressing the most pressing issues in bicycling and walking advocacy investments. Therefore, we are especially interested in funding campaigns in the following categories:

  • Equity
  • Safety / Vision Zero
  • Health / Walking
  • Innovative local or state funding campaign

Completed applications for “Big Ideas” grants are due no later than 5:00 p.m. eastern on Friday, October 17, 2014. To learn more about the “Big Ideas” Grants, including further detail about the priority areas and information on how to apply, please

Past Rapid Response Grant Recipients include (clockwise from top left): Bike East Bay; LivableStreets Alliance; Livable Memphis; and Active Transportation Alliance. Advocacy Advance will continue to award our standard Rapid Response Grants through 2014. These grants range from $1,000 – $3,000 and are accepted on a rolling basis. 

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