The mini-grant program provides funding to promote alternative modes of transportation through an event, campaign, challenge or other project. This will help engage commuters while drawing more users into the system.

Who is Eligible?

Any group who works closely with commuters in the cities of Burbank, Glendale or Pasadena is eligible to apply. These may include: public/private employers, universities/colleges, chambers of commerce, business improvement districts, TMA/TMOs, shopping malls, multi-tenant office and residential buildings.
(Project funders, including Acire, Go Glendale and the Cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena are ineligible).

How May I Use the Funds?

Grantees may use their mini-grant for any internal program promoting alternative modes of transportation while incorporating the Go Verdugo system. Creative applications are encouraged.

Examples include:

Prizes for challenge winners
Single-ride transit tickets for ‘Try Transit’ Events for new riders
An event to promote the Go Verdugo program on-site (Food, supplies, prizes, etc.)
Production of internal marketing materials (special campaign posters, postcards, etc).

Please note that a mini grant cannot be used to fund or replace existing employee commute benefit programs, however it may be used to jump-start a new pilot program.

How Much May I Apply For?

The maximum amount of funding per grantee is based on the number of eligible participants within their group (employees or others who will benefit from the Go Verdugo system). The maximum funding amounts per applicant are listed below.

Organization Size Maximum mini-grant amount
Small $500
Medium (250 – 750 eligible participants) $1,000
Large (>750 eligible participants) $1,500

Note: Mini grant funding is limited, and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to eligible applicants who meet the intent of the program, as determined by the application review committee.

Required Match Details

Applicants must show that they will provide at least 25% in-kind or cash match to the amount of funding requested (e.g., $1,000 of mini-grant funding plus $250 value in match).

Allowable match includes:

Staff or volunteer time

Additional funds spent on prizes, event supplies or other items with cash value

Cost to print marketing materials (in-house or externally)

The value of event space used for Go Verdugo event

Other quantifiable in-kind contributions

How Am I Paid?

Grantees are reimbursed upon completion of their program (funds are set aside when the application is approved).

In order to be reimbursed, the grantee will submit an invoice to Go Glendale, the Project Manager, along with a Project Report form briefly describing the implementation of the project and quantifying the required match with receipts on any project-related expenditures. This will help the Go Verdugo team to report the impact of the program.

When Can I Apply and Use My Funds?

Download a blank application form at the top of this page and follow the email submittal instructions on the form. Applications will be accepted immediately and will continue to be accepted as long as funds are available for the applicant’s city. In the event that funds run out for the applicant’s city, a notice will be posted here.

Projects may take place through the end of 2017, but keep in mind that funding is on a first come, first served basis.

How Does My Organization Apply?

Submit an application to contact@goglendale.orgfor circulation to the three-city review committee. Applications may be submitted at any time. They will be reviewed on a biweekly basis by the committee, then applicants will be informed whether their project has been selected for funding. The application period will remain open until all available funds have been awarded.

Please contact GoVerdugo at contact@goglendale.org or 818-543-7641 with any questions.