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Deadline: November 13, 2015

PeopleForBikes Foundation: Bike Share Grants

The PeopleForBikes Foundation, as part of the Better Bike Share Partnership, will make grants to collaborations of non-profit community-based organizations, cities, and bike share operators to support the development and implementation of strategies to increase bike share use in underserved communities. There are two grant opportunities available:

1. Funding for pilot strategies to address barriers to and increase the use of bike share systems in underserved communities. Approaches may include:

  • Station access; while this grant will not pay for new bike share stations, new or expanding systems may propose using grant funds to engage underserved communities in station siting decisions
  • Ambassadorial outreach initiatives to introduce and promote bike share as a transportation option
  • Marketing and communication efforts to reach and demonstrate inclusiveness of all residents of the community
  • Partnerships with existing community-based organizations that offer resources and programs in the community, to provide outreach and/or education on bike share
  • Partnerships with organizations focused on workforce development, healthcare, transportation, social services, or others with experience working with residents in underserved communities
  • Facilitating or expanding links to transit systems to improve transportation options
  • Development or expansion of other strategies based on the specifics of the community, the geography, and the city

Preference will be given to projects led by community-based organizations with support from the bike share operator, City department(s), and other local non-profit organizations

2. Funding for the development, implementation, and documentation of strategies in the following areas:

  • Employer-based programs: Programs to engage lower-wage employees of anchor institutions or other large employers, including hospitals, hotels, universities and the city/county, or small to medium employers joined by geographic location
  • Kiosk design: Assessment of existing design(s) including language, graphics and format, and development of key elements of effective kiosk design, which may be extended to informational or promotional materials; partnership among two or more cities is encouraged

Amount: $25,000-$75,000 per award. Grantees must provide a minimum match of 20%, of which at least 50% must be a cash match.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or city or county government offices. While one of these types of entities should be the lead applicant with responsibility for administering and reporting on the grant-funded activities, measurements, and outcomes, at least one additional partner is required on the grant application and additional partners are encouraged. Partners may include the bike share operator, local non-profit organizations, established community-based organizations, additional city/county offices, or anchor institutions such as a hospital or university.

Link: http://betterbikeshare.org/2015/10/05/request-for-proposals-creating-equitable-and-replicable-strategies-for-bike-share/

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