SCAG’s Go Human campaign, with support from the California Office of Traffic Safety, has launched the Community Streets Mini-Grants Program (Mini-Grants). Now in its third year of funding community-driven traffic safety projects, the Mini-Grants Program will provide up to $10,000 in project support to community-based organizations, nonprofits, and social enterprises.
Last year, SCAG’s Regional Council adopted a resolution declaring systemic racism a human rights and public health crisis. The resolution affirms SCAG’s commitment to work in partnership with others to close the gap of racial injustice and meaningfully advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and awareness. The Community Streets Mini-Grants Program supports work in alignment with SCAG’s racial equity resolution and emphasizes strategies rooted in co-creation, where community engagement is a key element in the project. The Mini-Grants Program values approaches that use street space for community resiliency, recovery, and resource delivery that prioritize disadvantaged communities and communities most harmed by traffic injuries and fatalities.
The Mini-Grants Program supports organizations invested in safety and mobility justice but that may not have transportation as their core focus, such as organizations that focus on public health, disability justice, social service, parent groups, tribal nations, elders, and rural communities. Applicants are encouraged to propose creative projects that center justice and respond to communities’ evolving needs.
The Call for Projects is now open, and the application deadline is Wednesday, May 19 at 11:59 p.m. Check out the Mini-Grants page for more information, including the Mini-Grants Guidelines and Application. To learn more about the program, the application process, and project possibilities, join SCAG for one of two upcoming informational webinars:
Tuesday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Register here.
Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Register here.
For inquiries, contact Andrés Carrasquillo, Community Engagement Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 630-1401.
In the last round of mini-grants, awardees conducted projects that spanned a range of activities centering the mobility and transportation needs of those most impacted by COVID-19, including a storytelling radio series focusing on transit, virtual workshops for youth, free bike match and repair for essential workers and families, and co-creation of safety resources. Check out the 2020 Mini-Grants Report to learn more about these creative and impactful projects.
As you continue to explore the safe and vibrant use of streets in your community, keep Go Human resources, like the Mini-Grants, in mind. We look forward to expanding the possibilities with you.