2019 Great Streets challenge resources

See below the 2019 Community Partners Application Guide, which was used to support applicants through the application process, with application requirements, instructions, and a scoring criteria. You may download the Application Guide here.

You can find the Challenge grant training presentation here.

We created a specialized Great Streets Mapping Tool to help applicants answer the 2019 application questions. Many of our partners found the map helpful on a variety of other projects. Feel free to email us at greatstreets@lacity.org if you'd like more information about the data.

frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Q: What is the Great Streets Challenge Grant?

A: The Great Streets Challenge is a program of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative that grants community groups up to $28,000 in funding for outreach, technical support from an urban planning consultant and if selected as a finalist, approximately $500,000 in infrastructure investments to begin to transform a neighborhood corridor into a safer and more vibrant public space.

Q: Who is eligible to apply for the Great Streets Challenge Grant?

A: Eligible applicants include:

  • Nonprofit or community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) status

  • Schools and universities

  • Faith centers and institutions with 501(c)(3) status

  • Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) or businesses registered in the City of Los Angeles

  • Chambers of Commerce

Neighborhood Councils are encouraged to partner with eligible applicants listed above, but cannot serve as the lead applicant.

Q: Are there specific examples of projects that the Challenge Grant will fund?

A: We are looking for projects that fundamentally re-imagine the street as a vibrant public place. We are not looking for specific proposals but a reflection on the specific challenges and opportunities in your proposed project area. Check out Challenge Grant Reports to see past award recipients and their projects.  

 Q: How will the Challenge Grant recipients be selected?

A: Applications will be evaluated by a committee using following criteria:

  • Community Readiness

  • Project Area Attributes and Alignment with City Priorities

  • Challenge Statement

  • Outreach Strategy & Budget

Q: What is the expected of Challenge Grant recipients?

A: Challenge Grant recipients will have approximately six months to work with a consultant to complete outreach.  Recipients will then present their design concept to a committee, which will select four finalists to receive approximately $500,000 in infrastructure investments from the City. These finalists will conduct additional outreach, finalize their design and coordinate with the City until the infrastructure improvements are implemented in 2020.

Q: Can a proposal be made for any street in the City of Los Angeles?

A: Yes, however, there are few exceptions. See the 2019 Community Partners Application Guide at for more information.  

Q: If I have other questions about the application process, who do I contact?

A: For more information on the Great Streets Challenge Grant, check out our 2019 Community Partners Application Guide. We also encourage all applicants to attend a community workshop for application assistance. If you have any other questions about the application process, you may also email us at greatstreets@lacity.org.