Community Change Grants

Community Change Grants

The Community Change Grant program supports the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies working to advance walkability. Grants are awarded to innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects that create change and opportunity for walking and movement at the community level. 

Applications for grants open in the fall and are awarded for the full calendar year following. The number of grants awarded varies each year, depending on available funds.


Stories and Examples of Past Grantees

2020 Grantees

Life Enrichment Advancing People / LEAP (Wilton, Maine)

Accessibility swings, pathway restoration

Walnut Creek Elementary School (Austin, Texas)

School yard beautification

Rose Park Neighborhood Association (Long Beach, California)

Alleyway construction, alleyway regulation updates

Plenty Inc. (Floyd, Virginia)

Little River Walk – public walking trail

Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. (Taos, New Mexico)

ADA accessible public walking trail

Bethel School District (Eugene, Oregon)

School district safety demarcation

St Louis University (St. Louis, Missouri)

Grief Garden – public space for communities to grieve injustices.

Choptank Heritage Trail (Cambridge, Maryland)

Pop up demonstration bringing awareness for walkability and safety improvements in traditionally underserved neighborhoods

Day One (Pasadena, CA)

Partnership with NAACP Pasadena and PasCSC to improve and promote the “African American History of Pasadena Walking Tour”

Community Care of West Virginia, Inc. (Rock Cave, West Virginia)

Pocket park with a series of walking trails

Allegheny County Health Department (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Create a special walking safety edition of Let’s Move Pittsburgh Bingo!

The Neighborhood Academy (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Design, implement, and create the “The Neighborhood Academy Community Outdoor Trail”

Mayor’s Health Task Force (Lawrence, Massachusetts)

Increase the number of students walking and biking to school safely

The Community Change Grant program is partly funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We invite you to join their Active People, Healthy Nation initiative and become part of a national movement of individual influencers, organizations, and community champions that support the goal of increasing physical activity in the United States.

For more information, download the Active People, Healthy Nation handout.