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What are Non-Infrastructure Grants and Activity & Program Plans?
In January 2015, VDOT announced another year of Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure (Activities and Programs) Grants, with applications due by March 31. These grants, for amounts between $5,000 and $100,000 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. A SRTS Coordinator is a part- or full-time SRTS advocate who works within a school division to promote and facilitate Safe Routes to School activities at a minimum of three schools in the division. Detailed information about eligible applicants and activities can be found in the Virginia SRTS Program Guidelines.
- February 28, 2015: Deadline for optional review of APP
- March 1, 2015: Online Non-Infrastructure Grant Application system opens for submissions
- March 13, 2015: Deadline to submit APP to Rob Williams for approval prior to submitting a Non-Infrastructure Grant Application
- March 31, 2015: Non-Infrastructure Grant Application Due
Click here for a list of Non-Infrastructure Projects funded since 2007.
The first step is to complete a SRTS Activities & Programs Plan (APP). The APP is the first phase of any SRTS effort and outlines a school or community's intentions for making travel to and from school safer and more sustainable. It's a great way to organize programs, projects, and people in support of SRTS. Once complete, the APP also serves as a legacy document for new people becoming part of the school's SRTS program.
There are both a Reference Guide and Template available for preparing a SRTS Activities & Programs Plan. The Virginia SRTS Program has also developed a FAQ sheet to help answer common questions that arise while preparing an APP.
- SRTS Activities and Programs Reference Guide downloadable (PDF)
- SRTS Activities and Programs Plan Template downloadable (Word)
- SRTS Activities and Programs Plan Template Section 3 ONLY (Word)
- Tips for Working with Tables in MS Word (Word) -NEW!
- SRTS Activities and Programs Plan Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
As in previous years, the LTAC for your region will once again be available to review your draft or final APP. The APP should be submitted to your LTAC via email by February 28th. APPs will be reviewed as they are received, but a response will be provided within two weeks of the request. Those received by February 28th will be guaranteed a response by March 11th, and those submitted well in advance of the deadline will likely have a quicker turnaround time.
Once your APP is complete, you will submit it through our online grant application system as the first step in the completion of your application. Please note that the Non-Infrastructure Grant Application will draw from information contained in the Activities and Programs Plan, but also requires detailed cost estimates for the submitted programs and activities. Applicants seeking funding for a local coordinator will also need to describe her/his intended role in the SRTS program.
The grant application system will be open for submissions on March 1. Submit APPs for the Program Coordinator’s comments and approval by March 13. All grant applications must be substantially complete and submitted by March 31.
Eligible Grant Programs and Activities
Safe Routes to School funding is intended for projects and activities that specifically serve the SRTS Program purpose and that are part of a comprehensive program that addresses the “5 E’s”. Also, SRTS funding is intended for new activities, start-up programs and infrastructure projects without traditional funding sources.
Only types of programs and projects identified as “Strategies” in the target school’s SRTS Activities and Programs Plan will be eligible for funding. If an applicant seeks funding for a program activity or project that is not included in the corresponding School Travel Plan, the application will not be considered. If you are unsure as to whether a certain project or activity is eligible contact the Virginia SRTS Coordinator. Fundable activities and eligible costs are listed below.