Funding Sources


  • 2018 AARP Community Challenge Awards Announced

    The AARP Community Challenge is awarding grants to fund quick-action projects — in areas such as housing, transportation, and public space — that spark change and build momentum toward improved livability for all residents. If your idea is big, no project is too small! Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. Applications are due May 16, 2018.

    For the 2018 AARP Community Challenge, AARP will prioritize projects that aim to achieve the following outcomes:

    • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability and/or access to public and private transit.
    • Create vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
    • Support the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options.
    • Other community improvements. We want to know the most important needs in your community and the best quick-action ideas you have to address them.

    For program details, eligibility requirements and to apply online, visit

  • Micro Grant Funding Available

     America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the second year of Micro Grant Funding. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to increasing walking and walkability.

    Funded projects will increase walking and benefits of walkability in communities, work to develop the walking movement by growing the number and diversity of people and organizations pushing for more walkability, and they should make walking safe, easy, and enjoyable for all community members. Click here to learn more about the grant program.

    Applications are due November 18, 2016 at 5 pm Eastern. Questions? Contact Heidi Simon.

  • Funding Assistance to Attend Walkability Action Institute

    The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s (NCCDPHP) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), seeks applications from Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) regions for competitive funding assistance to support attendance at the second annual walkability action institute, entitled “Step It Up!: Action Institute to Increase Walking and Walkability,” which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on April 26-28, 2016. The purpose is to prepare interdisciplinary teams from MPO regions to pursue policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) supports for walking and walkability. This action institute will provide teams with the most up-to-date academic and applied learning methods, and will reinforce and support implementation of significant national public health policy statements promoting walking and walkability, such as Step It Up! — The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities (SGCTA). NACDD and CDC are interested in applicant teams who can commit to all of the project deliverables outlined in this request for funding assistance (RFA) and produce measurable PSE outcomes after attending the action institute.

    To submit a question about this application, please email Karma Edwards, the Walkability and Healthy Communities Project Lead, at All submitted questions will be compiled and answered within two business days on the FAQ list, and updated to the website.

    Application Due Date: January 22, 2016 by 11:59 ET

    For more information on this RFA and corresponding documents, please visit:

    For further information on the CDC DNPAO programs and efforts, please visit:

    For further information on NACDDs 2015 Healthy Community efforts, please visit:

    For further information on the US SG CTA released in September 2015, please visit: and

  • Aetna Foundation Cultivating Healthy Communities


    The Aetna Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program. We recognize that health is local: it begins in our homes, schools, jobs, and neighborhoods. By creating more chances to make healthy choices in these places, we can empower whole communities to lead healthier lives.

    With this RFP, we seek to fund programs that will increase opportunities for health in underserved, low-income communities. We’re focusing on five target areas:

    • Healthy Behaviors
    • Community Safety
    • Built Environment
    • Social/Economic Factors
    • Environmental Exposures

    To strengthen our impact, we’ve selected specific indicators of success–outlined in the RFP–that programs should address. Though the scope of this year’s RFP is broader, we’re still committed to programs promoting physical activity, urban gardening, and local food. With the addition of new focus areas, we hope to reach more spaces in the communities we serve.

    This will be our only open RFP this year. We expect to award up to $2 million in grants to organizations in the continental United States through this program.

    This will be a highly competitive, multi-staged funding opportunity and application process. All Stage 1 applications must be received by April 15th 2016 at 3PM ET. We will not accept any late or incomplete applications. You must submit a Stage 1 application in order to be considered for Stage 2.

    For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website, and review the RFP. Some frequently asked questions appear at the end of the RFP. Due to the anticipated number of applicants, regretfully, the Foundation is unable to respond to individual questions about the program.

  • PeopleForBikes Community Grants

    PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program “supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives to make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride.” Non-profit organizations focused on bicycling, active transportation or community development, city and county agencies, and state and federal agencies are eligible to apply. PeopleforBikes focuses most grant funds on infrastructure projects such as bike paths, lanes, trails and bridges, mountain bike facilities and end-of-trip facilities like bike racks, parking and storage, as well as on advocacy projects that work to transform city streets, increase ridership or the investment in bicycle infrastructure. Click here for grant guidelines, visit the PeopleForBikes website for more information, and if you are ready to apply, click here. The online application process opens on June 13, 2016 for the Fall 2016 grant cycle.