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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.

Applications must be completed and submitted through our online application system, but you can download and review the application questions here.

Important Dates:

  • 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.


How do I apply for a Non-Infrastructure Grant? 

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.

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.





SRTS-related Costs

  • Creation of educational materials
  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety skills training for students and parents (some qualifications)
  • Bicycle rodeo to teach on bike on-bike skills
  • Personal safety skills training for students and parents
  • Health, environmental and sustainable transportation benefits of walking and bicycling to students
  • Educate parents and caregivers about safe driving procedures at the school
  • Training, including SRTS training workshops that target school- and community-level audiences
  • SRTS promotional campaigns and materials
  • Incentive programs that encourage safe walking and bicycling over time
  • Walking School bus programs
  • Bike Train programs
  • International Walk to School Day or other special event
  • Walking and biking mileage clubs
  • Community safe driving awareness and education campaigns
  • Crossing guard training programs and equipment
  • Parent or student patrol programs
  • Lower speed limits in school vicinity
  • Neighborhood Watch initiative
  • Photocopying, duplicating and printing costs, mailing costs for data-gathering
  • Conducting school-wide Student Travel Tallies (counting the number of students who walk and bicycle to and from school; mandated for funded projects)
  • Tracking the number of crashes within 2 miles of school
  • Conducting Parent Surveys (measuring parent and guardian perceptions of safety  (mandated for funded projects0
  • Consultant services for expanding or improving an existing School Travel Plan
  • Equipment and Supplies used for SRTS activities  (some qualifications)
  • Educational Materials
  • Promotions, Incentives or Publicity
  • Printing, Copying and Postage
  • Consultant Services - Education and Training
  • Costs to Employ Area-wide Program Manager:  A position to direct the start-up of a SRTS program for an entire city, county, or some other area-wide division (3 or more participating schools) for the identified non-infrastructure elements in the School Travel Plan.  Funded program managers coordinate the efforts of numerous stakeholders and volunteers, and manage the process for implementation at the local or regional level.  Requests for funding Program Managers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis; the position is time-limited and funding should not supplant existing funding for staff who are already responsible for these types of activities.



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