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 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.

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"Big Ideas" Grants

Note: The deadline for "Big Ideas" grants has passed. We will be announcing the "Big Ideas" Grantees in early November.


This fall 2014, Advocacy Advance announced 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” Rapid Response 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.

Note: 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. More information is available below.


Priority Areas for "Big Ideas" Grants

Advocacy Advance 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:

For more detailed descriptions of these four priority areas, please read our "Big Ideas" Grant Outline (PDF).


Application process for "Big Ideas" Grants

To apply for a "Big Ideas" Grant, please download and review the detailed outline (PDF), which including guidelines, further descriptions of the four priority areas, other requirements. Please also complete and submit the application form (DOCX). Applications should adhere within the stated word limits.

"Big Ideas" Grant Materials to download:

Proposals will be reviewed by staff representatives of the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists.



Rapid Response Grants

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): Bike East Bay; LivableStreets Alliance; Livable Memphis; and Active Transportation Alliance.


Sample Campaigns:


Rapid Response Grants do not fund


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.


Rapid Response Grant materials to download:


If you have questions, need help with your application, or would like feedback, you are strongly encouraged to contact Brighid O’Keane, Advocacy 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 $800,000 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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