Safe Routes to School Program

 

 

Virginia SRTS Grants

The Virginia SRTS Program offers several funding options. Click on the name of each grant in the table below to learn more and apply.

Grant Type

Amount

Due Dates

QuickStart Mini-grants

 

QuickStart Mini-grants are $1,000 grants for schools that are interested in funding a small (or large) Safe Routes to School activity.

$1,000

Six times per year;

spring and fall

Walkabout Mini-grants

 

Walkabout Mini-grant recipients receive a hands-on walking and bicycling infrastructure survey and written report about the walking and bicycling conditions in the area around their school coordinated by the LTAC serving their region.

Varies

Twice a year;

spring and fall

 

Non-Infrastructure Grants

 

These grants can be used to fund education, encouragement, evaluation and enforcement programs related to Safe Routes to School. The Non-Infrastructure Grant can also be used to fund a SRTS coordinator.

$5,000 - $100,000

Once a year;

Due April 1

 

Infrastructure Grants

 

The VDOT Local Assistance Division (LAD) manages the application and award process for all Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) for infrastructure projects, including SRTS-designated projects.

 

Varies

Once a year;

Due November 1


Overview of SRTS Funding

The Safe Routes to School Program is a federally-funded program created under Section 1404 of the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)

As written in SAFETEA-LU, the purpose of the SRTS program is to:

  • Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school;
  • Make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age;
  • Facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

In July 2013, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) became law, folding SRTS into a new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). SRTS projects are now eligible to compete for funding alongside other programs, including the Transportation Enhancements program and Recreational Trails program.

The passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) in December 2015 largely maintains TAP structures and funding shares. VDOT’s Local Assistance Division manages the Transportation Alternatives Program for infrastructure projects. Click here for more information.

SAFETEA-LU non-infrastructure funding is currently still available, and VDOT plans to award a round of non-infrastructure funds in August 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year.

 

 

Page last modified: March 31, 2016