Safe Routes to School Program


Non-Infrastructure Grants

Non-Infrastructure grants 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.

Each non-infrastructure grant application must include a VDOT-approved Activities and Programs Plan (APP), which serves as the applicant’s letter of intent. To get learn more about Non-Infrastructure Grants, check out the Virginia SRTS Grant Program Guidelines. Additional details for administering the grants, starting from the initial award notification, can be found in the Grant Procedures Guide.

Important Dates

  • February 1, 2016: Deadline for optional review of APP by LTACs
  • February 29, 2016: Deadline to submit APP to the Virginia SRTS Coordinator (Rob Williams) via the online grants management system for approval prior to submitting a Non-Infrastructure Grant Application
  • April 1, 2016: Non-Infrastructure Grant Application Due

Who can apply for Non-Infrastructure grants?

The entities who may apply for funding include:

  • Schools (public and private)
  • School divisions
  • Local governments (cities, counties, or towns)
  • Regional and state agencies working on behalf of a school or schools
  • Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations working on behalf of a school or schools

Note: Any school or school division that has already received, through VDOT, three SRTS non-infrastructure grants spanning three school years is required to provide a local match of 20% of the total project cost as part of their budget in order to be eligible for additional grants.

Application Information

The first step in applying for a Non-Infrastructure grant 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 the school's SRTS program.

There are both a Reference Guide and Template available for preparing a SRTS APP. The Virginia SRTS Program has also developed a FAQ sheet to help answer common questions that arise while preparing an APP.


Program staff are available to review draft APPs for completeness if you submitted by February 1, 2016. The APPs will be reviewed as they are received, but a response will be provided within two weeks of the request.

Once the APP is completed, applicants should submit their APP (as a PDF) via the online grant management system. Once the APP is approved in the system by the VDOT SRTS Coordinator, the applicant will be able to proceed to the next step in the system - the application form.  All APPs must be submitted via the online system by February 29, 2016, all applications must be complete by April 1, 2016.

What types of programs and activities are eligible under a Non-Infrastructure grant?

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 APP, 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 that are part of a comprehensive program that addresses the “5 E’s” are listed below.

Fundable activities and eligible costs that are part of a comprehensive program that addresses the “5 E’s” are listed below.


  • 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 projects
  • Consultant services for expanding or improving an existing School Travel Plan

Reimbursable SRTS-related Costs

  • 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:  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.


Non-Infrastructure grant recipients to date

Click here for a list of Non-Infrastructure Projects funded from 2007-2015.

Page last modified: April 4, 2016