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for Projects to Benefit Individuals With Mobility Challenges

Community Mobility Design Challenge 2022

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National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM)

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Deadline Date:

07/15/22 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $25,000 and in-kind support to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects to benefit individuals with mobility challenges. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to design transportation services for community members facing mobility barriers. In addition to the cash grant, applicants will receive intensive technical assistance throughout the grant.

NCMM’s Community Mobility Design Challenge 2022 grants, with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, will support communities in seeking innovative ways to address the personal well-being of community members that face transportation barriers to recreation and physical activities, healthy food, personal safety, economic opportunity, or community and peer support opportunities. 

Goals of the Grant

  • The goal of the NCMM Community Mobility Design Challenge 2022 is to enable multi-sector community teams to develop promising mobility solutions that are inspired and informed by the results of community research. Communities should be entering the Design Challenge with a clear, well-researched understanding of the needs in their community, not a proposed solution.
  • Once the work of this Design Challenge 2022 is complete, teams will have designed a solution and determined its feasibility, potential effectiveness, and financial sustainability.

Grant activities that can be funded include the following:

  • Stipends to cover costs of team member participation, including time and travel for participatory design/co-design sessions, additional research with individuals, stakeholder meetings, and other post-application data-gathering activities
  • Personnel costs related to project activities
  • Expenses related to convening the team and/or larger groups of partners
  • Development of prototypes, or low-cost visual representations of concepts, to share with partners and customers. This activity may include the cost of consultants and vendors, such as graphic designers and artists. The funds cannot be used for marketing purposes.
  • Production of the final presentation for the team pitch session

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197387

Number of Grants:

NCMM plans to select four communities.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Design Challenge up to $25,000 is the first in NCMM’s series of three grants. The second grant opportunity, or the Learning Launch grants up to $20,000, enable teams to refine and test the solutions they created during the Design Challenge to ensure they are operationally feasible, financially viable, and, above all, responsive to customers’ needs. The third grant opportunity, or the Ready to Launch grants, provide up to $75,000 in funding to then pilot the tested solutions. Teams are well positioned to apply for the second and third grant opportunities after completing their Design Challenge activities.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant organization must be a nonprofit organization or a government agency that is able to receive, or be a subrecipient of, federal funding. Teams who have previously received an NCMM Design Challenge grant are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.

Note that the funds cannot be used to purchase consultant services to fully implement the work of the Design Challenge project; applications that propose such a use of funding will not be selected. There is no substitute for the knowledge and experience team members gain when they work together to solve issues of mutual importance. Consultants can be used for activities such as conducting secondary research and creating visual prototypes of potential concepts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community Mobility Design Challenge - Informational Webinar

NCMM has released the application for the Community Mobility Design Challenge. Join for a webinar discussing the opportunity and how to apply.

Jun 23, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline
- Application Released: June 15
- Informational Webinar: June 23 at 1:00pm ET
- Application Deadline: July 15 by 11:59pm ET
- Accepted Applicants notified: Early September
- Projects Completed: February 2023

Lead organizations must be registered in the federal System for Award Management database ( and provide their DUNS number or unique entity identifier (UEI) with their application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application packages should be emailed to William Reckley,, by the submittal deadline. Applications submitted via other methods will not be considered. Questions during the application period can also be addressed to William Reckley.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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