Communities throughout the United States now realize that growing a program in active transportation is an essential way to help all citizens live fuller, healthier, longer lives. The Made To Move grant program from Degree® Deodorant and Blue Zones, LLC, is a competitive funding opportunity created to assist communities in advancing active transportation through local project development, implementation and supporting policies. With the ultimate goal of promoting more walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly environments for all ages, incomes and abilities, this funding opportunity will be awarded to five mid-sized communities in the United States. Each community will receive $100,000 plus technical assistance from the Blue Zones, LLC, built environment team. The funding period is divided into two phases, outlined below.
Phase 1 of this work will occur over the first 90 days of community effort and will include workplan development to incorporate time-based goal setting, including the details of community engagement, partner involvement, required resources, and specific outcome goals. During Phase 1, representatives from selected communities will travel to Minneapolis, MN, for a 2-day workshop on advancing design efforts, as well as indicate relevant agencies and community policies necessary to ensuring and sustaining progress. Funding for Phase 1 will be awarded upon executed agreements. Funding for this phase is $10,000 and is to be spent on planning efforts such as blueprint development, charrettes, training, and community engagement – which can include meetings, open street events and pop-ups.
Phase 2 is ten months in duration and will include implementation of the approved community project and policies. It will be funded only after Phase 1 planning and resources are demonstrated. Community efforts will include both demonstration projects and long-term policy or systems improvements. Phase 2 will also include the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. Funding for this Phase is $90,000.
Awarded communities will receive both grant funding for specific projects and technical assistance to ensure success:
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
An eligible policy effort can be:
This opportunity is geared towards communities with populations between 100,000 and 300,000. This funding opportunity is open to all non-profit groups—agencies, companies and local and regional governments—serving, and located in, communities of this size. Regardless of team lead, all teams must have the required sectors represented on their team.
The following attributes will be considered as applications are reviewed:
Contact the team at [email protected] with any questions. FAQs and answers will be posted weekly while the application is open.
The anticipated timeline is as follows:
The Danish Twin Study established that only about 20 percent of how long the average person lives is dictated by genes, while about 80 percent is influenced by lifestyle and environment.
The world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron, run marathons, or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it.
Research has shown that the way neighborhoods and communities are created can have positive or negative effects on the physical and mental health of residents.