10 Cities to Receive $25K Grants for Street Transformation

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and Bloomberg Philanthropies have selected ten cities to each receive $25,000 grants for street transformation projects. These community-based projects will work toward adapting public spaces to provide health services information to residents, creating space for safe mobility, and bolstering local economies.

The projects include:

  • The City of Alexandria is partnering with Casa Chirilagua to build a safe, comfortable, and WiFi-connected outdoor space for students in a neighborhood where many households don’t have access to reliable Internet;
  • The Atlanta Department of Transportation is partnering with Georgia STAND-UP and TransFormation Alliance to convert several streets into COVID information hubs;
  • The Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) will provide technical assistance and materials to small businesses that are especially vulnerable during the pandemic;
  • The City of Detroit is working with three community-based organizations to temporarily close streets near neighborhood schools and parks to create outdoor community hubs for young people and other residents;
  • The City of Durham is partnering with a community-based organization, SpiritHouse, to provide open recreation space for residents;
  • The city of Long Beach and its partners will focus on small businesses in four historically under-served communities by creating inviting spaces for outdoor dining in public rights-of-way;
  • The Minneapolis Department of Public Works will create more Mobility Hubs in low-income neighborhoods;
  • New York City DOT is partnering with RISE to transform underutilized space to provide greater connectivity to transit and community facilities, provide space for COVID testing and information distribution, and create outdoor seating for public programming;
  • The City of Philadelphia will work with local restaurants in communities of color to enhance the outdoor dining program; and,
  • The Portland Bureau of Transportation is expanding their Frontline Communities Partnership Program (FCPP) to provide resources to a historically Black neighborhood to design and build open spaces that will allow for safe shopping, eating, and community activities.