Though we’re reluctant to do so, we’re temporarily postponing the second round of our mini-grants for civic groups, community leaders, and individuals to create events or projects that build grassroots support for safe and accessible streets and highlight the benefits of the New Orleans’ newly expanded low-stress bikeway network. We’re doing so largely due to the abundance of great projects underway creating great experiences for local residents over the next few months.
We plan on reopening the application process in late October. Look out for an announcement over the coming weeks.
The NOCSC Activation Mini-Grant program aims 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 are looking for civic and community leaders, artists/creatives, entrepreneurs, church members, and neighborhood residents based in New Orleans to lead an activity, host an event, or design a project that will help inform their community about the benefits of complete streets and the low-stress bikeway network. Eligible activities include (but are not limited to): community bike rides, walking tours, temporary art installations, essay/photo contests, and community events.
The grant size will continue to range from $500-$2000, with an average award of $1,000. The Complete Streets Coalition aims to award between 10-20 grant proposals, varying in size and scope. Our goal is to empower residents to engage their community in this work; we welcome all costs associated with delivering a successful project.