NACTO will award grants of $50,000 to projects in ten NACTO member agencies, and will base selections on the following criteria:
- Projects must be directly and demonstrably related to COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
- Projects must be physical or operational changes to public spaces.
- Projects must center the needs of populations disproportionately harmed by COVID-19’s public health, social, and economic impacts. Needs assessment can be based on existing (pre COVID-19) and/or new community engagement-based data. Recent and updated engagement specifically directed at the proposed project within the context of COVID-19 needs is strongly encouraged. See Section 3 of this application for further discussion of project engagement expectations.
- Projects must be developed with a community-rooted partner who holds expertise and relationships with local residents.*
- Projects must demonstrate a high level of project readiness, evident in clear support, strong community partnerships and/or project ownership, and a high likelihood of being implemented within the grant timeline.
- Applicants should be interested in and willing to participate in a knowledge sharing cohort.
* We are looking for city agencies partnering with a community-based, not-for-profit organization with a mission that includes addressing the needs and issues in the community it serves, and/or city agencies partnering with individuals who live and/or work directly in the community. NACTO welcomes applications that include additional partners that do not meet these definitions, such as local chambers of commerce, business development organizations, or elected officials representing the community. If you are working with a partner who is rooted in the community, but you are concerned that they don’t meet the above descriptions, please feel free to email [email protected]
Eligible strategies will focus on physical or operational changes to public space, including the roadbed, sidewalks, and other spaces such as parking lots or plazas that are being converted to support a community need. All strategies should respond to the needs of populations disproportionately harmed by COVID-19’s public health and economic impacts.
NACTO member cities and transit agencies may apply. Each application must identify the city government agency serving as Lead Applicant with oversight of the project.
We will select applicants that represent a diverse range of city population sizes, geographic locations, and transportation challenges and opportunities. Agencies that received funding through this program in 2020 can apply again, but preference may be given to new agencies that were not able to participate in the first year. Each NACTO member may only submit one application.
Application and Deadline
The deadline for this application is 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Please submit your completed application and any other relevant documents to [email protected] with the subject “[Your city / agency] Grant Application.”
Application available here (pdf) >>
Yes. Successful grant applications will provide a thorough description of a community partner-centered project model and analysis of how proposed strategies will provide benefits or alleviate burdens of specific populations and communities.
Yes, your agency can use the grant to fill gaps or match funding for projects or programs that are already underway as long as they meet the selection criteria.
Your agency may use the grant to fund some or all of the work that a community partner is doing with you. However, the city agency must be an implementation partner rather than simply a funder.
If your agency is unable to directly receive grant funds, you may work with one of the community partners involved in this project to receive the funds on your behalf. You may not ask an uninvolved community-based partner to receive funds on your behalf.
NACTO will not award grants to projects that do not align with our stated policies, including:
– Projects that increase capacity for or encourage increased travel in single occupancy vehicles.
– Projects that directly fund or require local law enforcement to manage public space.
– Projects that reduce the availability of options for people walking, biking, or rolling.
– Projects that diminish access for people with disabilities.
Projects must demonstrate a high level of project readiness, but that does not necessarily mean that the specific project needs to have demonstrated support from a Mayor or City Manager. You can show that your project has support from other decision-makers within your agency and from community leaders and members (City Councilperson, agency head, etc.).
NACTO will announce the grant winners within several weeks of the application deadline, and agencies should be prepared to complete their projects within a five month window of the award date (mid-June through mid-November 2021).
Yes, your agency can submit an application for a portion of a larger project. However, the project must still meet the selection criteria for this grant, including having a community partner-centered project model.
We anticipate that this application will take approximately 20-25 person hours total, including writing, review, and approval. If you are finding that this application is taking significantly more time, please send an email to [email protected] letting us know.
Each NACTO member may only submit one application. If your agency wants to apply for funding to support a multi-site implementation (e.g., pop-up bike lanes in 4 neighborhoods), those can be included in one application. If your agency has multiple project ideas (e.g., a program to support food vendors and an open streets program), you should determine which project best fits the selection criteria for this grant and submit an application for that project. If you are not sure how to decide which project to select, please send an email to [email protected] and we may be able to answer questions that can help you decide.