In this issue:
  • Safe Routes, Safer Communities reports now available
  • 1k Friends Webinar Series
  • Funding Opportunities
Safe Routes, Safer Communities
1000 Friends of Wisconsin was awarded a grant from Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) in partnership with two Green Tier Legacy Communities (GTLC) to improve community health by promoting pedestrian and bicycle access for children and families, specifically by addressing active transportation gaps to schools and parks. The reports, which include narrative, photos, video, and maps of demographic and environmental data, are now available...Click here to read more.
Webinar: Safe Routes, Safer Communities
Wednesday, January 18, 12-1pm
Join us for the first webinar of 2023! 1000 Friends of Wisconsin partnered with Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids to assess active transportation routes to schools and parks in their respective cities. Over the course of 6 months, 1000 Friends Community Programs Director worked with city planners from Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids to identify key public locations, plan walk/roll audits with community participants, and develop detailed recommendations for infrastructure improvements. They present their findings in this webinar.

Funding Opportunities
Active People, Healthy Nation is accepting applications for the Walkability Virtual Academy through January 13, 2023. Click here to learn more and read the RFA.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is accepting applications for Public Art Challenge grants through February 15, 2023. Cities with a population of at least 30,000 can apply for amounts up to $1 million. Click here to learn more and apply.

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is awarding grants of $500-1000 to preserve Wisconsin's rare plants. The deadline is February 1, 2023.

Applications are now open for the latest round of Road to Zero Community Traffic Safety Grants. Funded by NHTSA, these grants support projects, programs, and research that put the Road to Zero strategy into practice. The deadline is January 6, 2023. Learn more and apply here.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the Thriving Communities Program. The TCP facilitates the planning and development of transportation and community revitalization programs for historically under-resourced communities. Click here to read more about funding opportunities and deadlines.

In mid-December, USDOT released new information about RAISE grants for 2023. Click here to learn more.
*Rails to Trails is hosting a webinar January 12 at 1pm Central time: "RAISE Grants: How to Make Your Application Competitive." Click here to register.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is offering $25,000-50,000 for placemaking in local communities through the Vibrant Spaces Grant. Deadline is January 31, 2023. Learn more and apply.

WisDOT is accepting applications for the STARS (Safe Transportation Alternative for Rural Schools) program through March 24, 2023. Priority will be given to non-urbanized areas with a population of 5,000 or less. Learn more here.
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What Active Wisconsin provides to participating communities:
  • Resources (grant opportunities, tool kits, etc.)
  • Local and statewide advocacy opportunities
  • Collaboration and educational presentations during network-wide calls
  • A platform (social media and email newsletters) to share your work

Please reach out with questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you!