Advocacy Advance awards $25,000 in grants

Advocacy Advance has awarded $25,000 in grants for 2012, specifically targeting capacity building efforts and helping to grow and professionalize two energetic and promising organizations: Bike Walk Mississippi and Living Streets Alliance in Tucson, Ariz.

Advocacy Advance received 47 applications with project proposals requesting a total of $560,000. Capacity Building Grants in 2012 are made possible with generous funding by Planet Bike.

Since 2009, Advocacy Advance—a partnership of the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists—has awarded more than $750,000 in direct grants to 40 state and local advocacy organizations that have used those dollars to achieve powerful improvements for biking and walking in their communities. 

About the recipients

Bike Walk Mississippi (BWM) will receive a $10,000 matching grant to hire a second staff person to increase its effectiveness throughout the state with targeted campaigns. The new campaign manager will work with communities to develop action plans to increase bicycle friendliness. BWM will create a toolkit of resources leading to increased infrastructure, policy and programs on the local level while increasing representation on and ownership of Mississippi’s statewide Bike/Ped Plan. 

Living Streets Alliance (LSA) will receive a $15,000 matching grant to hire its first full-time executive director to strengthen bicycle and pedestrian advocacy in Tucson. With 23 pedestrian fatalities in the region in 2011, LSA aims to address pedestrian safety through grassroots mobilization to galvanize support for their 2012-2013 Pedestrian Safety & Comfort Campaign. The goal of this multi-tiered campaign is to make walking a safer and more desirable transportation choice through the inclusion of a $25 million county bond package to create "safe neighborhood streets" in 2013. LSA will also supplement their successful bicycle programs and events with Cyclovia Tucson, the city’s open-streets event. 

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