2022 Community Grants Program

As Citi Bike’s official wellness partner, Healthfirst is the presenter of the Reduced Fare Bike Share program and supporter of our equity efforts. Healthfirst is New York’s largest non-profit health insurer, offering access to high-quality, affordable care to its nearly 1.4 million members. The company’s mission is to put its members first by working closely with care providers & community leaders to address broader issues that can impact health and well-being.

In 2019, building upon its previous community initiatives, Lyft launched a Community Grants Program through its partnership with Healthfirst. The overarching goal of the program is to extend Lyft’s investment in communities by increasing access to bike share in low-income neighborhoods and underrepresented communities where Citi Bike currently exists and future expansion communities. Community Grants support programs, events, and activities organized by non-profit & community-based organizations that align with Citi Bike’s equity goals.

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR Two informational video webinars will be held for interested applicants on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 5:00-6:00pm EST (RSVP) and Friday, April 8 from 11AM-12pm EST. (RSVP). Both webinars will provide the same overview of the grant guidelines and answer questions from interested applicants. Please RSVP at the links found above.
APPLICATION DEADLINE All applications and application materials should be received by April 30th, 2022 at 5pm ET via NYCCommunityPrograms@lyft.com
COMMITTEE REVIEWSCommittee meets to review all applications and select winning applications from May 2 - 6, 2022.
GRANTEES NOTIFIED Applicants notified of the status of their application by May 9, 2022
GRANT PERIOD6 month time period; Earliest start May 17th, 2022

Example goals for successful grant applications:

  • Engage multigenerational, low-income or underrepresented communities to use bike share.

  • Use bikes to help break down barriers to reliable transportation, food access, economic opportunity, environmental justice, and health in their communities.

  • Encourage community members to sign up for the Reduced Fare Bike Share Program, which can present significant cost savings when compared to a monthly metrocard.

  • Conduct outreach and education to promote Citi Bike as a community resource and partner.

  • Share the stories of riders and the impact bikeshare has had on their lives & their communities.

  • Help people from underrepresented communities feel comfortable taking their 1st ride on a Citi Bike.

Community organizations who feel that they fit the mission of our grant work at Citi Bike are welcome to apply for the 2022 Grant Cycle by downloading the materials below.

When applying, please make sure to download ALL the below documents, including:

Complete an application