Washington Complete Streets Leadership Academy application

The Complete Streets Leadership Academy is a technical assistance program designed to help jurisdictions identify and overcome barriers to implement Complete Streets, which make it safe and convenient for people of all ages, races, and abilities to walk, run, bike, or roll to reach homes, jobs, shops, and schools. Smart Growth America is offering this technical assistance opportunity in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Transportation thanks to a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and support from the Transportation Improvement Board.

This year-long Academy is an opportunity for communities to bring together engineers, planners, public health practitioners, community advocates, and related professionals from their towns, cities, and/or tribal communities in Washington to participate in a series of three two-day in-person workshops, including an on-the-ground site visit, with supplementary distance-learning modules between workshops. A total of three communities will be selected to participate in the Academy, and Smart Growth America will work with the selected communities to schedule the two-day workshops, tentatively taking place at two-month intervals between January and June.

Throughout this technical assistance, communities will work with Smart Growth America to implement demonstration projects, using skills such as tactical urbanism, creative placemaking, and local road safety planning to temporarily transform a dangerous street or intersection in one of their most underinvested communities into a safer, activity-friendly route. Smart Growth America will work with each community to help them identify a site for their project, so communities should not identify projects as part of their applications. Each jurisdiction will receive a sub-award of $10,000 to support the demonstration, and will be required to match this award with $5,000 of funds or in-kind contributions.

As part of the Academy, each jurisdiction will also receive up to $5,000 reimbursement to support travel to other communities within the state. Each jurisdiction will also host one of the three workshops, including securing meeting space and providing coffee and lunch for two days for 35 people.

To apply, please complete and submit this application either through this online form, or submit the PDF version via email to [email protected].

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, October 27.