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School Travel Plans and Grants
The Virginia SRTS Program offers several funding options:
- QuickStart Non-infrastructure Activities
Have a small activity or program in mind? Look into our Quickstart Mini-grants for $1,000 to get it going. Details on this program are available on the QuickStart Mini-grant page.
Note: Schools that have received mini-grants within the past six months are ineligible to reapply. In cases where the number of applications exceeds the award amount available, preference will be given to applications that focus on walking or biking safety or specifically encourage on walking and biking to and from school.
- Walkabout Mini-grants
Want to learn more about the pedestrian and bicycling conditions in the area around your school? Walkabout Mini-grant recipients receive a walkabout led by the Local Technical Assistance Coordinator serving your region and a walkabout report, also written by the Local Technical Assistance Coordinator. The walkabout is an excellent opportunity for community stakeholders to experience pedestrian and bicycle conditions, share perspectives, and build consensus around potential solutions. The walkabout report will include a description of the conditions observed during the walkabout and photos. Recommended infrastructure improvements may also be included in the report, if the applicant intends to apply for a specific funding opportunity. Apply Online for a Walkabout Mini-grant or learn more from an example Walkabout Report.
- Non-Infrastructure Grants
Non-Infrastructure (Activities and Programs) Grants are available in amounts between $5,000 and $100,000. 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.
All Non-Infrastructure Grant applications start with an Activities and Program Plan (APP). For more information about the APP and a timeline for the 2015 round of Non-Infrastructure Grant funding, please visit the Activities and Programs Plan for Non-Infrastructure Grants page.
- Infrastructure Grants and Projects
The VDOT Local Assistance Division (LAD) Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) is responsible for infrastructure projects under the Virginia Safe Routes to School Program. The FY 2016 round of grant applications are due November 1, 2014. Be sure to review the LAD website for TAP grant information.
Virginia’s Safe Routes to School program started under the previous federal transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU. Click here to see a list of all infrastructure, non-infrastructure, and plan development projects funded through SAFETEA-LU between 2007 and 2012.