Bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations play the most important role in improving and increasing biking and walking in local communities, states, and provinces. Rapid Response Grants enable state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations to win, increase, and preserve public funding in their communities.

Application Process |  Scholarships |  Past Grant Recipients

Rapid Response Grants

Thanks to support from SRAM Cycling Fund, Advocacy Advance is pleased to award $100,000 in grants in 2014 to organizations that are a member of the League and Alliance. The Advocacy Advance team provides necessary resources, technical assistance, coaching, and training to supplement the grants.

These Rapid Response Grants help state and local organizations take advantage of unexpected opportunities to win, increase, or preserve funding for biking and walking. These grants, accepted on a rolling basis, are for short-term campaigns that will increase or preserve investments in active transportation in communities where program choices are being made on how to spend federal, state, and local funding.

Past Rapid Response Grant RecipientsPast Advocacy Advance Rapid Response Grant Recipients include (clockwise from top left): East Bay Bicycle Coalition; LivableStreets Alliance; Active Transportation Alliance; and Livable Memphis.


Application Process and Assistance

To apply for a Rapid Response Grant, please download and review the detailed outline, which including guidelines, criteria, and other requirements.

There is no deadline or formal grant cycle for Rapid Response Grants. Submit this proposal form and we will respond to your request with in two weeks. Rapid Response Grants will be reviewed and determined by Alliance and League staff and funding, if approved, will be within one month.


Sample Campaigns:


We Do Not Fund:


If you have questions, need help with your application, or would like feedback, you are strongly encouraged to contact Brighid O’Keane, Advocacy & Programs Director, at (202) 621-5442 or anytime during the application process.


Advocacy Advance Scholarships

Advocacy Advance is not currently awarding scholarships to upcoming events. Check back for future scholarship opportunities. 


Scholarships Awarded in 2013

Walking Summit: Advocacy Advance awarded scholarships to 10 advocates to attend the National Walking Summit on October 1-3, 2013 in Washington D.C. Scholarship participants joined national and local leaders to engage in inspiring conversations and sessions to build capacity, develop strategies, increase momentum and showcase best practices to increase investments in walking and walkability.

Center for Transportation Excellence's Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference: Advocacy Advance awarded scholarships to 9 advocates to attend the CFTE's biannual Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference on June 23-26, 2013 in Atlanta. All scholarship participants are working on current or planned ballot measure campaigns to win public funding for biking and walking projects in their communities.


Past Advocacy Advance Grant Recipients

Since 2009, Advocacy Advance has awarded over $800,00 to support startup, capacity building, and innovation to more than 40 organizations. These campaigns have contributed to dramatic increases in biking and walking around the country, leveraging a public investment of over $100 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

In 2014, Advocacy Advance is continuing multi-year Model Grants to Bike Pittsburgh and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for their campaigns to build political influence and boost federal funding for biking and walking projects and programs. To date, nearly $10.5M has been won, and political leadership in both cities have committed to aggressive 10% mode share goals.

Blue markers = Rapid Response Grant Recipients
Teal markers = Other Past Grant Recipients
Red-orange markers = Past Workshops
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