Complete Streets Activation Mini-Grants

**The second round of mini grants is delayed until 2021, in conjunction with Moving New Orleans Bikes plan construction on the East Bank**

The Complete Streets Activation Mini Grant funds civic groups, community leaders, and individuals to develop an event or project that builds grassroots support for safe and accessible streets and highlights the benefits of the City’s expanded low-stress bikeway network. Our hope is to empower residents to engage their peers and celebrate the complete streets improvements currently under construction as part of Mayor Cantrell’s ‘Moving New Orleans Bikes’ initiative.

We will be offering a total of $15,000 through our mini grants. In our first round, we granted 10 organizations an average of $750 for their events and projects, and are currently supporting their implementation. You can find more information below. Our second round of mini grants will open in 2021 in conjunction with Moving New Orleans Bikes’ construction of complete streets in the East Bank. While applications are not yet open, you can learn more about the process here.

Current Recipients

Learn more about our Mini Grant recipients and their projects by clicking on their logos. 

Positice Impact & UpLift NOLA - Algiers Peace Ride

We’re proud to support Uplift NOLA and Positive Impact NOLA to host the Algiers Peace Ride, an opportunity to practice mindful riding and connect with the surrounding environment, including some of New Orleans’ newest bike lanes in Algiers.

Learn more about the ride by clicking here. 

Sprout NOLA Farmer's Market

Sprout NOLA is a weekly farmer’s market that happens every Monday from 4-7pm at 2606 St. Louis Street.

With the support of  a Complete Streets Activation Mini Grant, Sprout NOLA is offering a discount to folks who walk, bike, or take public transit to the farmer’s market. We’re proud to not only support amazing local farmer’s and food, but also encouraging folks to use all kinds of transportation to get their groceries.

Heart n' Hands - 'Heart Health on the Bayou'

In partnership with New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition, Heart N Hands
is hosting “Heart Health on the Bayou”, a series featuring heart health education and
wellness activities on Bayou St. John. The series launched on Saturday, August 29th.

 

Photos from events

BAWSE Bike Collective

We are supporting BAWSE (Bad Ass Women Shred Everything) Bike Collective in giving away free bike lights and bells. With the influx of newer/returning riders due to COVID-19, BAWSE is ensuring that everyone who bikes has bike lights and bells to ride safely.

BAWSE Bike Collective’s last bike lights and bells giveaway was on Saturday, September 5th and they will have another giveaway soon.

Aurora West Civic Association

Aurora West Civic Association held a neighborhood family bike ride in Algiers to bring attention to safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists, bikers and car drivers.

The group got to experience some of the newest complete streets built in New Orleans and was joined by Councilmember Kristin Palmer.

Read more about the Algiers Family Bike Ride on our blog post from the organizer of the event, Angela Baldwin.

NOLA to Angola Bike Ride

We’re proud to support this year’s Nola to Angola annual bicycle ride to Angola Prison to support and fund the Cornerstone Builders Bus Project, which connects families to their incarcerated loved ones.

This year, the NOLA to Angola ride will be self-paced, which means you don’t have to be in New Orleans to participate! Riders will have 4 weeks to complete their 170 mile journeys. ⁣⁣

Click HERE to join the NOLA to Angola 2020 ride!

Why 170 miles? Because that’s the distance from New Orleans to Angola prison. The largest prison in the USA. A prison with over 6,000 incarcerated folks and no direct public transportation for visitors. ⁣⁣Each rider will be asked to raise $170 for Cornerstone, $1 for every mile you ride.

NOLA to Angola working hard on putting together a ride that’s safe during this pandemic. Registration will open on September 1 and the ride will take place from October 1-31. On November 1, we will have a short, in-person, socially distanced ride (with masks) to Orleans Parish Prison where we will hear Minister Leo and other community leaders speak.This year will be different but we are excited that ANYONE can participate from ANYWHERE in the world. Join us!

Old Algiers Main Street's Complete Streets Open House

Old Algiers Main Street Corporation hosted an open house to explain the changes to parking and bike paths along the upper blocks of Newton Street, in Algiers. They were joined by Councilmember Kristin Palmer, School Board Member Leslie Ellison, and the New Orleans Complete Street Coalition.

These leaders and representatives helped residents and businesses understand how the new bike lanes and crosswalks are designed to benefit the community. It’s these initiatives that engage the community on street improvements coming to their neighborhood that our mini-grant program was designed to support.

Heart n' Hands - 'Heart Health on the Bayou'