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Current application due dates are:

  • April 17
  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 16

Who can apply for  VDOT_SRTS_Quick_Start ?

All elementary and middle schools in Virginia are eligible to apply, regardless of past participation in a VDOT SRTS grant. If you're planning an event for this spring or have another great way to use these $1,000 grants, you'll want to apply for one.  The on-line application is here.    

The first two rounds of QuickStart Mini-Grants in 2014 are due February 20 and March 20, but they will be evaluated in the order they are received (hint: apply early!).

Eligible applicants include:

  • 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.

How can VDOT_SRTS_Quick_Start  be used?

QuickStart Mini-grants may be used to fund a range of activities that encourage and enable children to safely walk and bicycle to school, including activities that:

  • Encourage safe walking, bicycling, and driving habits
  • Increase the number of students walking and bicycling to school

Mini-grant activities should occur within 90 days of award.

The Virginia Safe Routes to School program encourages applicants to use student creativity along with student and adult leaders to identify their school's needs and interests and to propose safe walking/bicyclng activities that address those needs and interests.

What types of items can we purchase with the funds?

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 .

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.


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

Ready to apply?  Click here for the online application form.  

QuickStart Mini-grant recipients to date  

The Virginia Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program has awarded 105 QuickStart Mini-grants since the program began in the fall 2012. These $1,000 grants are used to encourage and support student travel-to- and from-school by walking and bicycling.  The map and table below shows the schools benefiting from QuickStart Mini-grants. Click on a marker on the table to see the school and brief description of the activities funded with the grant.

View SRTS Mini-Grant Beneficiaries in a larger map


QuickStart Mini-grant Project

Andrews School Bike rodeo
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
Booker T. Washington Elementary School Healthy Steps Walk to School Day
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

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
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
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!
Lake Anne Elementary School Pedometers for students who pledge to walk to school
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
Louise Archer Elementary Schl 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"
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
Nottingham Elementary School Walk to school event, Bike Safety Unit
Oakridge South Elementary School

Walk to School Event

Bicycle Safety Training and Incentive Items

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
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


Page last modified: April 14, 2014