Community Mobility Design Challenge 2023

Planning Grant Pitches

The four teams that developed promising mobility solutions pitched them on April 29th. Watch the recording, read the transcript, or explore the slides here. 

Grant Timeline

Application Released  —  June 21, 2023

Informational Webinar  — June 29, 2023 @ 1:00 pm ET  

Application Deadline  —  August 4 by 11:59pm ET

Projected Start of Projects  —  October  2023

Projects Completed  —  April 30, 2024


Goals of the Grant

The goal of the NCMM Community Mobility Design Challenge 2023 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 2023 is complete, teams will have designed a solution and determined its feasibility, potential effectiveness, and financial sustainability.


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.

How to Apply

Download the RFP for detailed instructions. 

Deadline for receipt of application: August 4, 2023, 11:59 PM ET. A complete application will be a single PDF document. 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,; answers will be posted here.

Pre-Application Webinar

June 29, 2023. This webinar covered

  • The grant application process 
  • Eligibility
  • The timeline for grant milestones
  • The main activities of the design challenge
  • The what and how of human-centered design and ethnographic-style interviewing
  • Audience questions

Frequently Asked Questions

All questions pertaining to the Community Mobility Design Challenge grant and application process will be answered here. Please send questions to William Reckley at

  1. Do you have examples of past projects?
    Yes! You can read about a few past planning grantees on our blog.


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