Divvy is launching our program for community grants totalling in $100K so that we may collaborate with Chicago non-profits and community-based organizations. This is the first step as part of Lyft’s 50M commitment to Chicago as the Divvy system goes citywide. The purpose of these grants is to increase Divvy use in low to moderate income communities.
In the past, Divvy has given $45K annually to deserving organizations. For instance, Divvy supported Bronzeville Summer Nights in 2018 by leading a series of community bike rides throughout Bronzeville area geared to increase residents knowledge of Divvy and the Divvy for Everyone program. And we sponsored the food for two community bike rides with We Keep You Rollin’. They engage people by encouraging more physical activity and to get healthier by teaching community members about walking & biking safety.
Beginning in 2019, and years to come, we want to give more to our communities to see what further successes we can all bring when we come together. So Divvy is giving out a total of $100k in the form of community grants in amounts between $500-$5,000 depending on the scope of work presented by each organization.
Examples of what these mini-grants could fund are:
Outreach initiatives to introduce and promote bike share for transportation and recreation
Marketing and communication efforts to be representative of and reach all residents of the community
Community-based organizations that offer resources and programs in the community, to provide outreach and/or education on bike share
Organizations focused on workforce development, healthcare, transportation, social services, or others with experience working with residents in underserved communities
Facilitating or expanding links to transit systems to improve mobility options
Development or expansion of other strategies based on the specifics of the community, geography, and the city
If you and/or your organization has an amazing idea that you think would qualify for a Divvy community grant fill out our online application by July 26, 2019. We cannot wait to see what ideas everyone has for bike share in Chicago!