Safe Routes to School

 

 


QuickStart Mini-grants are designed to get your Safe Routes to School program going and build momentum. They can be used to fund a range of activities that encourage safe walking and bicycling to school, but please keep the following in mind as you prepare your application.

  • Proposed Mini-grant activities must advance the purpose of Safe Routes to School, which is to encourage or enable students to safely walk or bicycle to school—Activities that don’t advance this purpose cannot be funded, e.g., activities that promote physical activity but don’t encourage walking or biking to school or don’t include pedestrian or bicycle safety education.
  • Proposed Mini-grant actives should reach the broadest possible audience within the school community—Activities that exclusively target a fraction of the school community (e.g., a class or club) are generally discouraged; however, activities may target a smaller group if they also include outreach to the broader school community. Use this opportunity to build excitement for walking and biking!
  • Consider involving students in activity identification and planning—Students have great ideas and often a good sense of what will resonate with their peers. Involving students in event planning also gives them valuable leadership experience. 
  • Think creatively—We value creative ideas for encouraging safe walking and bicycling to school.

 

Check out our QuickStart Mini-grant Learn it. Do it. Live it. for additional application tips.

 

 

Online ApplicationClick here to apply for a QuickStart Mini-grant.

 

 

Important Dates

Applications for QuickStart Mini-grants are accepted year round. The applications are reviewed and funding is awarded six times a year, three times in the fall and three times in the spring.

 

2017

2018

Spring

February 2

March 2

April 6

February 1

March 1

April 5

Fall

August 10

September 14

October 12

August 10

September 14

October 12

 

Successful applicants will be notified within 3 weeks of the due date, and to be eligible for reimbursement, grant activities must be completed within 90 days of the award.

 

Who can apply for QuickStart Mini-grants?

Eligible applicants include:

  • Elementary or middle schools
  • 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.

 

What can be purchased with QuickStart Mini-grants?

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 Jim@virginiasrts.org.

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.

 

QuickStart Mini-grant recipients to date

The Virginia Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program has awarded over 150 QuickStart Mini-grants since the program began in the fall 2012. The map and table below shows the schools benefiting from QuickStart Mini-grants. Click on a marker on the map to see the school and brief description of the activities funded with the grant.


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Name

Description

Alvey Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Andrews School

Bike rodeo

Anthony Burns Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Antietam Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Ashburn Elementary School

Bike safety rodeo, Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Ashland Elementary School

Bike rodeo, bike safety program

Ashlawn Elementary School

Walking school bus program

Barcroft Elementary School

Crossing guard equipment and education, walking school bus program (fall 2016)

Bassette Elementary School

Bike rodeo

Bayview Elementary School

Walk to school event

Belle View Elementary School

Bike racks and bike safety assembly, bike rodeo

Bellwood Elementary School

Walk to School Day (fall 2013, fall 2014), bicycle safety festival (spring 2017)

Belmont Ridge Elementary School

Belmont Ridge safe walking and biking initiative

Bensley Elementary School

BikeSmart curriculum in grades 4-5

Berkeley Glenn Elementary School

New sidewalk ribbon cutting event

Berkeley Glenn Elementary School

Walk to School Day parade (fall 2016)

Berkeley Middle School

Walk to School Day events, bike rodeo

Berryville Primary School

Bike rodeo

Bessie Weller Elementary School

Bike rodeo

Beville Middle School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Bon Air Elementary School

Bon Air Bike Safety Day (fall 2015)

Booker T. Washington Elementary School

Walk to School Day

Bristow Run Elementary School

Student safety training

Buford Middle School

Bike safety assembly as part of bike safe unit in Physical Education class; Bike parade (spring 2016)

Burnley-Moran Elementary School

Walk-A-thon; Bike parade (spring 2016)

Butts Road Primary School

Walk to School Day

Buzz Aldrin Elementary School

Bike to School Day events

Campbell Elementary School

Walk and Bike to School Day

Canterbury Woods Elementary School

Walking and biking Wednesdays program

Cardinal Forest Elementary School

Cardinal Forest Walk to School Day event

Cedar Point Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Central Elementary School

Walk-a-thon and mileage club

Centreville Elementary School

Walk to School Week recognition program (fall 2012), bike and walk to school program (spring 2017)

Chesterbrook Elementary School

Walk to School Day material and bike rack

Chesterfield Academy

Bike safety demonstration (fall 2015)

Chesterfield County Public Schools

Bike helmet safety initiative

Chimborazo Elementary School

Walk to School Day and bicycle safety education (fall 2015), Walk to School Day (fall 2016)

Chris Yung Elementary School

Chris Yung Parent/Student Safe Walking Train to School (fall 2015)

Clark Elementary School

Bike parade (spring 2016)

Clover Hill Elementary School

Safe SWARM to School

Conway Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Crestwood Elementary School

Safe Travels Program (fall 2012), walking and biking encouragement program (fall 2016)

Crestwood Elementary School

Walking Our Way Into The 2015-2016 School year

Crystal Spring Elementary School

Bike rodeo (fall 2016)

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 (fall 2015)

Daniel's Run Elementary School

International Walk/Bike to School Day

Discovery Elementary School

Safe Routes to School Program (fall 2015)

Dublin Elementary School

Safe Routes to School initiative

Dumbarton Elementary School

Walk to school events

Elizabeth Davis Middle School

Bicycle safety program

Fairfield Court Elementary School

Walk to School Day and bicycle safety education (fall 2015)

Falling Creek Elementary School

Read & Ride A Bike Awareness

Falmouth Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Featherstone Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum, walk incentives

Ferr Farm Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Fitzgerald Elementary School

Bicycle program, materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Fort Hunt Elementary School

Bike to school event (spring 2015)

Francis C. Hammond Middle School

Earn-a-bike program (fall 2016)

Garfield Elementary School

Bike rodeo

Garrisonville Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Gate City Middle School

Crosswalk designation and proper marking

George Mason Elementary School

Walk to school day event

George Washington Middle School

Walk and bike safely to school initiative

Ginter Park Elementary School

Walk to School Day (2015), Walk to School Day (2016)

Glebe Elementary School

Walk, ride & roll program, APS SRTS bicycle safety seat covers

Glen Allen Elementary School

School crosswalk and safe travel route event support

Grafton Village Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Graham Road Elementary School

Share Graham Road initiative and bike rodeo, Bike Rodeo and Street Smart Ride (spring 2015)

Gravely Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum; Count your steps program (spring 2016)

Greenbrier Elementary School

Bike parade (spring 2016)

Guilford Elementary School

Helmet safety presentation and bike rodeo (spring 2017)

Gunston Middle School

Earn-a-bike program (spring 2016), earn-a-bike program (fall 2016)

Hampton Oaks Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Hartwood Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Herndon Elementary School

Bike rodeo with frequent biker program

Hickory Elementary School

Walk to School Day

Hillsboro Charter Academy

Bike and walk safe program (fall 2016)

Hillside Elementary School

Monthly walk to school days and bike rodeo (fall 2016)

Hines Middle School

Project Walk and Bike (fall 2015)

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

Jackson-Via Elementary School

Bike parade (spring 2016)

James River Elementary School

Walk to School Day events, bike rodeo

JEB Stuart Elementary School

Walk to School Day event, bike safety program (fall 2015), Walk to School Day (2016)

Jennie Dean Elementary School

Harvest Moon Family Fun & Fitness Festival, including a bike rodeo and bike/walk safety promotion

John C. Myers Elementary School

Walk and Bike to School Day and pedestrian and bicycle safety education (spring 2016), Walk to School Day (fall 2016)

Johnson Elementary School

Bike parade (spring 2016)

Johnson-Williams Middle School

Light up the Ride Town bike rodeo, Bike to School Day rodeo and helmet distribution, Bike to School Day (spring 2015)

Kate Collins Middle School

Walk to School Day parade (fall 2016)

Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Keister Elementary School

Bike and pedestrian safety course (fall 2015), walking school bus program (fall 2016)

Kenmore Middle School

Earn-a-bike program (spring 2016), earn-a-bike program (fall 2016)

Kent Gardens Elementary School

Bike it!

Kilby Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

King Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Lake Anne Elementary School

Monthly walk and roll to school days (spring 2016)

Lake Ridge Middle School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Lakeside Elementary School

Bike safety program and rodeo (spring 2016), bicycle education and rodeo (spring 2017)

Lakeview Elementary School

Bike rodeo

Larchmont Elementary School

Walk and Bike to School Day event and safety assembly, Walk and roll to school event (spring 2017)

Laurel Hill Elementary School

Walk and roll days and SRTS awareness and programming (spring 2016)

Laurel Ridge Elementary School

Bike rack

Linville-Edom Elementary School

Bike rodeo (spring 2015)

Linwood Holton Elementary School

After school enrichment bicycle class, Bike rodeo and bike month activities (spring 2017)

Loch Lomond Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Louise Archer Elementary School

International Walk to School Day, Walking Wednesdays, Vienna Bike/Walk to School Challenge

Lovettsville Elementary School

Bike rodeo (spring 2017)

Lowes Island Elementary School

Walking Wednesday (fall 2015); Walking Wednesdays and walk-a-thon (spring 2016)

Lynbrook Elementary School

bike rodeo; health fair and bike rodeo; health fair and bicycle safety skills and education station (spring 2015)

Macy McClaugherty Combined School

5-K Walk to School

Magruder Elementary STEM Academy

Safety Patrol Program & Student Produced Safety Videos

Margaret Brent Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Marshall Road Elementary School

Monthly Walking Wednesdays and bike trains

Marsteller Middle School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Marumsco Hills Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Mary Mumford Elementary School

Walk to School Day (fall 2016)

Mary Williams Elementary School

Bike rodeo (spring 2016), Bike rodeo (spring 2017)

Matthew Whaley Elementary School

Walk to School Day events

Maybeury Elementary School

Walk to School Day

McGaheysville Elementary Schools

Bike rodeo (spring 2016)

Mill Run Elementary School

Bike safety assembly and bike racks

Minneville Elementary School

Walk to school day event

Minnick Education Center (Harrisonburg)

Mountain biking unit, biking unit for K-10th graders as well as special needs students, bike safety program

Minnick Education Center (Roanoke)

Bicycle safety training

Minnick School-Wytheville Campus

Bicycle safety program

Moncure Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Montclair Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Mountainview Elementary School

Bike safety education program (spring 2015); Bike rodeo (spring 2016)

Neabsco Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Nokesville Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Norge Elementary School

Walking program

Nottingham Elementary School

Walk to school event, bike safety unit (fall 2012), crossing guard equipment and education (fall 2016)

Oakridge South Elementary School

Walk to school event, walk/bike to school Wednesdays, bicycle safety training

Occoquan Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Olde Creek Elementary School

Bike to School Day bike rodeo and day-of event, Bike to School Day 2014; Bike to School Day 2015 and bike rodeo; Bike to school day and rodeo (spring 2016)

Park Ridge Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Park View Elementary School

Walk to school events

Parkside Middle School

Bike safety and education program

Patrick Henry Elementary School

Patrick Henry Elementary School's Save Their Noggins Bike Helmet Drive (spring 2015)

Paul H. Cale Elementary School

Mountain biking club (Spring 2016)

Peak View Elementary School

Bike rodeo, bike club

Phenix Elementary School

Saturday Safety Initiative

Pinebrook Elementary School

Walk to School and Bike Rodeo (spring 2015); Bike rodeo (spring 2016)

Plains Elementary School

Bicycle and pedestrian safety course (spring 2016)

Pleasant Valley Elementary School

Bicycle and helmets for new PE school biking program

Preston Park Elementary School

Bike safety event

Rawls Byrd Elementary School

Bike rodeo

Riverside Elementary School

"Fire up your feet" fitness challenge

Robious Elementary School

Walking school bus program

Rockhill Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Rockledge Elementary School

Bike rodeo, materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Rocky Run Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Rosa Parks Elementary School

Materials for NHTSA Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum

Russell Middle School

Bicycle rodeo

Salem Church Elementary School

Bike safety unit for 4th and 5th grades

Sanders Corner Elementary School

Walk to school program (fall 2013), Walk to School Day (fall 2014), walk to school events (spring 2017)

Sanford Elementary School

Project Walking and Biking to School

Seldens Landing Elementary School

Bike rodeo (fall 2013, fall 2015), bike safety event (fall 2016)

Shoemaker Elementary School

Crosswalk designation and proper marking

Shrevewood Elementary School

Healthy Elementary Health Living Week and Festival

Simonsdale Elementary School

Decreasing Simons Eagles Carbon Footprint (spring 2015)

Skyline Middle School

Risk Watch pedestrian and bicycle safety education

Smithland Elementary School

Risk Watch pedestrian and bicycle safety education

South River Elementary School

Walking mileage club (spring 2016)

Spotswood Elementary School

Risk Watch pedestrian and bicycle safety education, bike and pedestrian safety course (fall 2015), walking school bus program (fall 2016)

Spring Hill Elementary School

Walk to School Wednesday incentive program

Stafford Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Stone Spring Elementary School

Bike and pedestrian safety course (fall 2015)

Stonewall Middle School

Morning walking club

Stratford Program

Bicycle education (spring 2015)

Suburban Park Elementary School

Bicycle club and safety program (fall 2016)

Sunrise Valley Elementary School

Monthly bike and walk to school days

Swansboro Elementary School

Walk to School Day event

Swanson Middle School

APS SRTS bicycle safety seat covers (fall 2013), earn-a bike program (fall 2016)

T. C. Miller Elementary School

Bike rodeo

Taylor Elementary School

Crossing guard equipment and education (fall 2016)

Thomas Harrison Middle School

Bike to School Day events, bicycle safety and skills program (fall 2015)

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Bicycle education program and club (spring 2013), earn-a-bike program, earn-a-bike program (fall 2016), crossing guard equipment and education (fall 2016)

Tomahawk Creek Middle School

Bicycling intramural club

Van Pelt Elementary School

Walk to School Day event

Venable Elementary School

Walk to School Day event; Bike parade (spring 2016)

Victory Elementary School

Biking to Victory program, Portsmouth Public School bike rodeo

Vienna Elementary School

Walking Wednesdays program (fall 2012, fall 2014, fall 2016)

Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School

Bike safety program (fall 2015); Bike safety program (spring 2016)

W H Keister Elementary School

SafeKids summer safety event, Walk to School Day, bike rodeo, walking school bus program

W. H. Taylor Elementary School

Walk to School Day, walk and roll during recess, bike to school group (fall 2016)

Walker Upper Elementary School

Bike parade (spring 2016)

Walt Whitman Middle School

Bike to School Day

Waterman Elementary School

Graphing Our Steps initiative, Walk to School Day, bike rodeo, bike and pedestrian safety course (fall 2015), walking school bus program (fall 2016)

Wenonah Elementary School

Walk to School Day parade (fall 2016)

West Springfield Elementary School

Bike to School Day (spring 2016)

Westbriar Elementary School

W&OD Safety Awareness, bike rodeo, walking and biking Wednesdays program, monthly walking/biking Wednesdays (fall 2015); Monthly walking and biking events (spring 2016), walk to school program (fall 2016)

Western Branch Primary School

Walk to School Day, family fun run

Westover Hills Elementary School

Walk to School Day

Westwood Hills Elementary School

Walk to School Day parade (fall 2016)

Widewater Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

William Henry Ruffner Academy

Pedestrian safety program (fall 2016)

William Perry Elementary School

Walk to School Day parade (fall 2016)

Williamsburg Middle School

Earn-a-bike program (spring 2016), earn-a-bike program (fall 2016)

Winding Creek Elementary School

Story walk (spring 2016)

Woodville Elementary School

Walk to School Day and bicycle safety education (fall 2015), Walk to School Day (fall 2016)

 

Page last modified: Aug. 25, 2017