Apply for a BBSP Mini-Grant!

by Tangier Barnes Wright, Senior Partnership and Program Manager

Our 2024 grant round is open! Nonprofit community-based organizations, cities, and shared micro-mobility operators are encouraged to submit a proposal for grants ranging from $2,500–$10,000.

Spring is here! And while the chilly weather will linger for a while in many places, systems across the country are no doubt preparing for the inevitable uptick in ridership. As these preparations are being made and people everywhere are looking forward to more riding, we’re proud to announce that our ninth round of mini-grants is officially open!

These grants are funded by PeopleForBikes as part of the Better Bike Share Partnership and range from $2,500 – $10,000. They’re available to any non-profit community-based organization, municipality, transit agency or shared mobility operator working to make bike and scooter share more equitable and inclusive. We’re also open to collaborations between any of the above, as long as all projects support small, time-bound programs or events in 2024.

In order to be eligible for funding, projects must work to increase access to and use of shared micromobility in low-income and BIPOC communities.

Our most recent round of mini grants was in 2023 when we awarded 6 grants to organizations that increased access to bike share for BIPOC and lower income communities through hands-on engagement, registration support, free passes and more. In Honolulu, Bike Share Hawaii raised awareness for their Biki Access Program and improved the application process to make it easier for residents to sign up for the program. In Baltimore, the City’s Dockless Vehicle Program partnered with local nonprofits to increase access to bike share for transportation insecure neighborhoods through education, registration events, and by providing free passes. And in Los Angeles, BikeLA partnered with Metro Bike Share and Bicycle Transit Systems to offer 90-minute, no-cost classes featuring bicycle safety education, demos on how to use the bike share system, group rides, and 30-day Metro Bike Share passes.

You can see that we will consider a wide variety of projects, so get creative! Here are some examples of projects that would qualify for funding:

  • Events that focus on or include shared micromobility such as a ride series, tours in partnership with local businesses, shared micromobility demos, or other community-based events
  • Ambassador programming focused on a specific community or demographic, such as a Learn-to-Ride event. Examples of specific demographics include, but are not limited to older adults, immigrants, people with disabilities, or youth
  • Marketing initiatives or art projects such as bike wraps
  • Connecting people to an existing equity pass program combined with hands-on education

BBSP will not fund:

  • Bike share stations, bicycles, scooters, or equipment related to the function of the shared micromobility system
  • Bicycle facilities such as bike lanes or paths
  • Bike libraries, bike clubs, bike give-aways, programming that is not open to the public
  • General operating costs
  • Projects that propose to use a majority of funds to purchase passes
  • Programming related to shared micromobility systems that have not yet launched

Mini-grant applications are due April 22, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. MST.

For more information about eligibility, deadlines, and requirements, please visit our Grants page for the Mini-Grant Guidelines. You can also direct any questions about these guidelines or the mini-grant application to Tangier Barnes Wright, PeopleForBikes’ Senior Partnership and Program Manager.

Access the application form here.