Rapid Response Grants enable state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations to win, increase, and preserve public funding in their communities. Thanks to support from REI, Advocacy Advance is excited to offer our Rapid Response Grants in 2015 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.
Rapid Response Grants help state and local organizations take advantage of unexpected opportunities to win, increase, or preserve funding for biking and walking. Thanks to support from REI, these grants 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. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Past Advocacy Advance Rapid Response Grant Recipients include (clockwise from top left): Bike East Bay; LivableStreets Alliance; Livable Memphis; and Active Transportation Alliance.
Organizations whose primary purpose is not advocacy
General or ongoing organizational support
Events, rides or education activities
Campaigns for political candidates
Long-term campaigns or campaigns that are not directed to winning public funds for biking and walking projects
Application Process for Rapid Response Grants
To apply for a standard Rapid Response Grant, please review the detailed outline (PDF), which including guidelines, criteria, and other requirements.
There is no deadline or formal grant cycle for Rapid Response Grants. Submit the proposal form (DOCX) and we will respond to your request with in two weeks. Applications will be reviewed and determined by Alliance and League staff and funding, if approved, will be within one month.
If you have questions, need help with your application, or would like feedback, you are strongly encouraged to contact Christy Kwan, Outreach Coordinator, at (202) 621-5459 or Christy [at] AdvocacyAdvance.org anytime during the application process.
"Big Idea" Grants
In fall 2014, Advocacy Advance announced its “Big Idea” Grants. Modeled after our successful Rapid Response Grant program, Advocacy Advance awarded $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 in the areas of equity; safety / Vision Zero; health / walking; and innovative local or state funding campaigns.
“Big Idea” 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 "Big Idea" grantees and campaigns are:
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Oregon Walks
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
To learn more about these campaigns, please read our blog post, and stay tuned to this page for campaign updates and potential models for your own community.
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 $800,000 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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