Safe Routes to School Program

 

 


QuickStart Mini-grants are designed to get your Safe Routes to School program going and build momentum. They can be used to fund a range of activities that encourage safe walking and bicycling to school, but please keep the following in mind as you prepare your application.

  • Proposed Mini-grant activities must advance the purpose of Safe Routes to School, which is to encourage or enable students to safely walk or bicycle to school—Activities that don’t advance this purpose cannot be funded, e.g., activities that promote physical activity but don’t encourage walking or biking to school or don’t include pedestrian or bicycle safety education.
  • Proposed Mini-grant actives should reach the broadest possible audience within the school community—Activities that exclusively target a fraction of the school community (e.g., a class or club) are generally discouraged; however, activities may target a smaller group if they also include outreach to the broader school community. Use this opportunity to build excitement for walking and biking!
  • Consider involving students in activity identification and planning—Students have great ideas and often a good sense of what will resonate with their peers. Involving students in event planning also gives them valuable leadership experience. 
  • Think creatively—We value creative ideas for encouraging safe walking and bicycling to school.

 

Check out our QuickStart Mini-grant Learn it. Do it. Live it. for additional application tips.

 

 

Online Application Click here to apply for a QuickStart Mini-grant.

 

 

Important Dates

Applications for QuickStart Mini-grants are accepted year round. The applications are reviewed and funding is awarded six times a year, three times in the fall and three times in the spring.

 

2016

2017

Spring

February 4

March 3

April 7

February 2

March 2

April 6

Fall

August 11

September 8

October 13

August 10

September 14

October 12

 

Successful applicants will be notified within 3 weeks of the due date, and to be eligible for reimbursement, grant activities must be completed within 90 days of the award.

 

Who can apply for QuickStart Mini-grants?

Eligible applicants include:

  • Elementary or middle schools
  • Adult-supervised elementary or middle school groups or clubs;
  • Adult-supervised high school groups/clubs that wish to partner with a nearby elementary or middle school;
  • Faculty, staff, or parent volunteers at elementary or middle schools;
  • Local governments;
  • Tribal governments; and/or
  • Community-based or private non-profit organizations that will work with a school to improve safety and/or increase the number of children who safely walk or bicycle to school.

 

What can be purchased with QuickStart Mini-grants?

Below are examples of items that can and cannot be purchased according to federal regulations. Please note that these lists are not exhaustive. Because of the small award size, these restrictions differ slightly from those associated with the typical VDOT SRTS grants. If you have questions about funding eligibility for specific activities or items, please email Jim@VirginiaSRTS.org.

Allowable

Not Allowable

  • Promotional materials*
  • Educational materials*
  • Safety items (e.g., reflective vests and bands, bicycle helmets, bicycle lights)
  • Bicycle racks
  • Bicycles that benefit groups of students
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Digital camera rental
  • Video camera rental
  • Helmet camera rental
  • Professional services (e.g., safety trainers)
  • Food and refreshments
  • Staff salaries
  • Stipends for volunteers
  • Fund-raising activities
  • Gift cards
  • Contests, prizes
  • Bicycles for specific individuals
  • Digital camera purchase
  • Video camera purchase
  • Helmet camera purchase

* Modest-cost promotional/educational materials with the broadest reach are more likely to be competitive in the application process.

 

Need some ideas?  Click here

What can I purchase with $1,000?  Click here for a list with the per item price ranges for commonly purchased items.

 

QuickStart Mini-grant recipients to date

The Virginia Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program has awarded over 150 QuickStart Mini-grants since the program began in the fall 2012. The map and table below shows the schools benefiting from QuickStart Mini-grants. Click on a marker on the map to see the school and brief description of the activities funded with the grant.


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School

QuickStart Mini-grant Project

Alvey Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Andrews School Bike rodeo
Antietam Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Ashburn Elementary School Bike Safety Rodeo
Ashlawn Elementary School Walking school bus program
Bassette Elementary School Bike rodeo
Bayview Elementary Walk to school event
Belle View Elementary School Bike racks and Bike Safety Assembly
Bellwood Elementary School Bellwood Elementary Walk to School Day
Bensley Elementary School BikeSmart curriculum in grades 4-5
Berkeley Glenn Elementary School Berkeley Glenn Elementary SRTS new sidewalk ribbon cutting event
Berkeley Middle School Walk to School Day events
Berryville Primary School Light up the Ride Town Bike Rodeo
Beville Middle School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Booker T. Washington Elementary School Healthy Steps Walk to School Day
Bristow Run Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Burnley-Moran Elementary School Burnley Moran Walk-A-Thon
Butts Road Primary School Chesapeake Public Schools Walk to School Day
Buzz Aldrin Elementary School Bike to School Day Event
Crossing Guard Assistance, Reflective Safety Incentive Items
Cedar Point Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Central Elementary School Walk-A-Thon and Bear’s Mileage Club
Centreville Elementary School Walk to School Week recognition program
Chesterbrook Elementary School Walk to School Day material and bike rack
Chesterfield County Public Schools Keeping You Safe, Bike Helmet Safety
Clover Hill Elementary School Clover Hill Elementary Safe SWARM to School
Crestwood Elementary School Crestwood Safe Travels Program
Cub Run Elementary School Walk to School Day event
Cumberland County Elementary School Bicycle safety education
Cunningham Park Elementary School Walking Wednesdays, Bike Rodeo, and Pedestrian and Bike Safety
Dale City Elementary School Bike Safety and Education Program
Daniel's Run Elementary School Daniel's Run Elementary International Walk/Bike to School Day
Dublin Elementary School Safe Routes to School initiative
Featherstone Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Fitzgerald Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Garfield Elementary School Garfield Bike Rodeo
Gate City Middle School Crosswalk designation and proper marking
George Mason Elementary School Walk to school day event
Ginter Park Elementary School Ginter Park Elementary Walk to School Day
Glen Allen Elementary School School crosswalk and safe travel route event support
Graham Road Elementary School Share Graham Road and Bike Rodeo
Gravely Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Herndon Elementary School Bike rodeo with frequent biker program
Hickory Elementary School Chesapeake Public Schools Walk to School Day
Hopkins Road Elementary School Bike Rodeo
Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences  Walk to School Day, bike rodeo, education and training
J B Watkins Elementary School  School Bike Safety Program
James River Elementary School Walk to School Day events
JEB Stuart Elementary School J.E.B. Stuart Walk to School Day Event
Jennie Dean Elementary School  Harvest Moon Family Fun & Fitness Festival, including a bike rodeo and bike/walk safety promotion
Johnson-Williams Middle School Light up the Ride Town Bike Rodeo , Bike to School Day rodeo and helmet distribution
Kent Gardens Elementary School Bike it!
Kilby Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
King Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Lake Anne Elementary School Pedometers for students who pledge to walk to school
Lake Ridge Middle School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Larchmont Elementary School Walk and bike to School Day event and safety assembly
Laurel Ridge Elementary School Promote Biking to School with Bike Rack
Linwood Holton Elementary School After school enrichment bicycle class
Loch Lomond Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Louise Archer Elementary School International Walk to School Day, Walking Wednesdays, Vienna Bike/Walk to School Challenge
Lynbrook Elementary School Lynbrook Bike Rodeo
Incentive Items
Macy McClaugherty Combined 5-K Walk to School
Marshall Road Elementary baseball field Monthly "Walking Wednesdays" and "Bike Trains"
Marstellar Middle School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Marumsco Hills Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Matthew Whaley Elementary School Walk to School Day events
Maybeury Elementary School Maybeury Elementary Walk to School Day
Mill Run Elementary School Bike safety assembly and bike racks
Minnick Education Center (Harrisonburg) Bicycles, helmets, and bicycle maintenance tools
Minnick Education Center (Roanoke) Bicycle Safety Training
Montclair Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Neabsco Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Nokesville Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Nottingham Elementary School Walk to school event, Bike Safety Unit
Oakridge South Elementary School Walk to School Event
Bicycle Safety Training and Incentive Items
Occoquan Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Olde Creek Elementary School Bike to School Day Bike Rodeo and day-of Event
Incentive items, safety vests, and “Drive Slowly” Signs
Parkside Middle School Bike Safety and Education Program
Peak View Elementary School Bike Rodeo/Bike Club
Phenix Elementary School Saturday Safety Initiative
Pleasant Valley Elementary School Bicycle and helmets for new PE school biking program
Preston Park Elementary School Preston/Eureka Park Bike Safety Event
Robious Elementary School A Walking School Bus on Our New Sidewalks!
Rockledge Elementary School Bike Rodeo
NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Rosa Parks Elementary School NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety curriculum materials
Russell Middle School Bicycle Rodeo
Salem Church Elementary School Bike Safety Unit for 4th and 5th grades
Sanders Corner Elementary School Sanders Corner Walk to School Program
Seldens Landing Elementary School Bike Safety Rodeo
Shoemaker Elementary School Crosswalk designation and proper marking
Shrevewood Elementary School Healthy Elementary Health Living Week and Festival
Skyline Middle School 'Risk Watch' Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education
Smithland Elementary School 'Risk Watch' Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education
Spotswood Elementary School 'Risk Watch' Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education
Spring Hill Elementary School Walk to School Wednesday incentive program
Stonewall Middle School Stonewall Striders- Morning Walking Club
Sunrise Valley Elementary School Monthly Bike and Walk to School Days
Swansboro Elementary School Swansboro Walk to School Day Event
Thomas Harrison Middle School Thomas Harrison Middle School Bike to School Day event support
Thomas Jefferson Middle School Bicycle education program and club
Tomahawk Creek Middle School Bicycling Intramural Club
Van Pelt Elementary School Walk to School Day Event
Venable Elementary School Venable School Walk to School Day Event (Healthy Habit/Healthy Mind)
Vienna Elementary School Walking Wednesdays
W H Keister Elementary School SafeKids Summer Safety Event, Walk to School Day
Harrisonburg bike rodeo
Waterman Elementary School Graphing Our Steps, Walk to School Day-Harrisonburg, bike rodeo
Westbriar Elementary School W&OD Safety Awareness and Bike Rodeo, Wednesdays are for Walking and Biking
Western Branch Primary School Chesapeake Public Schools Walk to School Day, Western Branch Primary's Family Fun Runs
Westover Hills Elementary School Walk to School Day
Williamsburg – James City County Schools Bicycle rodeos and incentive items

 


 

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