Minnesota elementary and middle schools and their partners are invited to apply for Safe Routes to School grant funds for projects that will help more children safely walk and bicycle to school. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, and are available at www.mndot.gov/saferoutes/.
Kindergarten through eighth-grade schools in Minnesota may apply for grants in three categories:
· Infrastructure implementation grants - Schools, in partnership with cities or counties, will receive grants to support infrastructure that improves safety or access for children walking and bicycling to school.
Non-infrastructure implementation grants - Schools will receive small grants to support education, encouragement, enforcement or evaluation activities related to safe walking and bicycling to school.
· Planning assistance - Schools will receive expert assistance to complete a Safe Routes to School plan, which will analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions.
Minnesota has $3.2 million available for infrastructure grants and $800,000 available for non-infrastructure and planning grants for 2013-14. All SRTS grants use federal funds, and no local match is required.
All non-profit organizations and government entities in Minnesota may be eligible partners, including tribal nations, schools, school districts, cities, counties and regional planning organizations. Infrastructure grants require a city or county sponsor.
Since 2005, MnDOT has awarded $11.3 million in federal funds to communities to support SRTS. The majority of funding--$9.9 million--was awarded for infrastructure projects. The remainder is allocated for non-infrastructure items and activities, such as SRTS planning, education, encouragement and enforcement. Funding for Safe Routes to School is available in all 50 states.