Community Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Local, State, and Federal Agencies for
Active Transportation, Bicycling, and Community Development Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 178561
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation




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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, city and county departments and agencies, and state and federal agencies that are working locally on projects related to active transportation, bicycling, and community development. July 21 is the deadline to submit an LOI.

The majority of funding is intended for bicycle infrastructure projects, such as:

- Bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges
- Mountain bike facilities
- Bike parks and pump tracks
- BMX facilities
- End-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, bike repair stations and bike storage

Some advocacy projects will be considered, such as:

- Programs that transform city streets, such as CiclovĂ­as or Open Streets Days
- Initiatives designed to increase ridership or the investment in bicycle infrastructure
- PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs. For advocacy projects, staffing may be funded if it is directly related to accomplishing the goals of the initiative.

The Grant Committee will evaluate each application based on the following criteria:

- Project quality - project scope, applicant's ability to complete project successfully, resources available, alignment between community need and project response, thoughtfulness in location and purpose
- Benefits to the community - population(s) reached, reason and methods for picking this project at this time, potential to increase ridership
- Measurement and evaluation - measurement methodology, applicant's ability to conduct measurement
- Community support and partnerships - reasons for project prioritization, capacity to make the project a success, community, business, and leadership engagement
- Role of PeopleForBikes funding - ability of granted funds to make a difference, match or leverage of PFB funds
- Diversity - geographic, project type, size of community

PeopleForBikes accepts requests for funding of up to $10,000.

PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. PeopleForBikes only funds projects in the United States. Requests must support a specific project or program; general operating costs are not funded.

PeopleForBikes does not fund:

- Feasibility studies, master plans, policy documents, or litigation
- Signs, maps, and travel
- Trailheads, information kiosks, benches, and restroom facilities
- Parking lots for motorized vehicles
- Bicycles, helmets, tools, and other accessories or equipment
- Events, races, clinics/classes, or bicycle rodeos
- Bike recycling, repair, or earn-a-bike programs
- Education programs
- General operating costs
- Staff salaries, except where used to support a specific advocacy initiative
- Rides and event sponsorships
- Planning and retreats
- Projects in which PeopleForBikes is the sole or primary funder
- Projects outside the U.S.

PeopleForBike (PFB) does not require a specific percentage match, but leverage and funding partnerships are looked at very carefully. Grant requests in which funding would amount to 50% or more of the project budget will not be considered.

The PeopleForBike (PFB) Community Grant Program application has two parts:

1. Letter of Interest: Interested applicants should submit an online letter of interest (LOI) through the PFB website. LOIs will include basic information about the applying organization and contact person, as well as an overview of the project proposed for funding.

2. Full Application: PFB will request a full project application from a short list of qualified applicants. Invited organizations will receive access to the online application.

Please note that the PeopleForBikes application and review process is fairly competitive and only 10-15% of the received proposals will be funded.

Application information:

Spring 2017 Grant Cycle:
- Online application opens: December 16, 2016
- Online Letter of Interest due: January 20, 2017
- Notification of LOI status: February 24, 2017
- Full Application due: April 7, 2017
- Grant award notifications: by May 26, 2017

Fall 2017 Grant Cycle:
Online application opens: June 12, 2017
Online Letter of Interest due: July 21, 2017
Notification of LOI status: September 1, 2017
Full Applications due: October 13, 2017
Grant award notifications: by December 1, 2017

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the LOI online:

Invited organizations will receive access to the online application.

For questions, contact Zoe Kircos, Director of Grants and Partnerships, at 303-449-4893 x106 or

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