THE COMMUNITY CHANGE GRANT APPLICATION FOR 2020 IS NOW CLOSED
We will be emailing all applicants directly by December 2020 with results. There is no need to email about the status of your application.
Previous information on the now closed 2020 grants:
America Walks and generous Active People, Health Nations partners are excited to announce another round of our popular Community Change Grant program. This program will award grantees $1,500.00 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play.
America Walks has seen firsthand that the passion, innovation and hard work of advocates and local organizations to advance safe, equitable, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move are what create the foundation for walkable communities across the US. This grant program will work to provide support to the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create change at the community level.
The goal for this year’s grant awards is to knit together seemingly disparate threads too often considered in isolation, including, but not limited to; racism and the public sphere; climate and environmental justice; access and inclusion; walking and moving as a mechanism for bringing about political change; and how COVID-19, the need for economic recovery and a growing awakening around racial injustice might alter the landscape of our work. Our desire is for proposed projects to have a particular focus on engaging in key issues of the day with new perspectives and diverse partners/ audiences while highlighting the vital role that walking and transportation patterns can play in a new era.
Funded projects must demonstrate that they will show increased physical activity and active transportation in a specific community, work to engage people and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability, and demonstrate a culture of inclusive health and design. Projects will create healthy, active, and engaged communities that support walking as transportation, health, and recreation. Projects must show a strong and intentional foundation of equity and authentic engagement of the whole community.
Applications open October 5th and are due through submission of this form by November 9th at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific.
Awardees will be notified in December 2020. Funds must be used in the 2021 calendar year.
Continue reading about past projects by exploring the links below:
- 2019 Community Change Grantees
- 2018 Community Change Grantees
- 2017 Community Change Grantees
- 2016 Community Change Grantees
- 2015 Community Change Grantees
- Click here to read our 2018 Community Change Grant Stories!
- Community Change Agents Walk On: Report on the 2017 Grant Recipients
- Community Change Agents in Action: Report on the 2016 Grant Recipients
- A Year of Walking: Report on the 2015 Recipients
More about the Community Change Grants:
America Walks appreciates the never-ending and passionate work being done on a daily basis to create places where all community members have safe, accessible, equitable, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active.
Advocates and community members are critical to creating opportunities for all members to see the benefits to individual health and wellness, community interaction, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability that come when walking and walkability is supported by local efforts. This grant program works to provide support to the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create change at the community level.
Applications typically open in the fall and grants are awarded for the full calendar year following. The number of grants awarded varies each year dependent upon funds available.