Local-Motion Grant Program Accepting Proposals For Bike/Ped Projects And Programming

(BLOOMINGTON) – The City of Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission (BPSC) is seeking ideas that incorporate bicycle and pedestrian mobility into local events, programs, or other community activities. 

Local-Motion grants of up to $2,000 per project will be awarded to proposals for initiatives that celebrate and promote Bloomington’s walk- and bike-friendly culture and infrastructure and advance active mobility accessibility.  The BPSC will make their announcement of the Local-Motion Grant award announcement near the beginning of November. 

Nonprofit organizations, locally owned businesses, and neighborhood associations are invited to email a short summary of the proposed idea, along with a timeline and budget, to the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Mallory Rickbeil and schedule a call or videoconference to review the proposal by Friday, September 18.  After the meeting, grant seekers will be directed to complete an online application by 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 4 and prepare a short presentation of their proposal to present to the BPSC at a Project Pitch meeting Monday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m.  Prospective applicants may find guidelines for Local-Motion grants here.   

Proposals may encompass any number of activities that showcase biking and walking as safe, practical, economic, and sustainable forms of transportation.  Whether envisioning a live performance, tour, class, or other activity, Local-Motion grant seekers should propose programming to complement and activate the City’s bike infrastructure.  Emerging and established organizations and businesses may submit ideas for projects that take place within Bloomington city limits. 

Grant seekers should send a brief summary of their proposed idea to Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Mallory Rickbeil at rickbeilm@bloomington.in.gov and schedule a call or videoconference to discuss the proposal at 812-349-3529.