Safe Routes to School

 

Non-Infrastructure Grants

 Important Links 

Non-Infrastructure Grant Procedures
Non-Infrastructure Grant Guidelines
Program Plan Template
 (Word)
Program Dashboard (Excel)
Online Grant Management System                Sample Application
      Sample Letter of Intent     
      Budget Worksheet (Excel)
Local Match FAQs (Updated 2/2021)


2021 Non-Infrastructure Grant Application Timeline

April 16 - Application Closes
June 4 - Awardees Notified and Grant Agreement Process Begins
       Budget revisions (if necessary)
       Activity list revisions (if necessary)
June 25 - Final activities and budget due
June 30 - Post agreements to portal
July 16 - All signatures completed
July 30 - Send out NTPs
August 1 - Grant Period Begins

Non-Infrastructure Grants between $5,000 and $100,000 can be used to fund programs related to Safe Routes to School (SRTS) that pursue Safe Streets, Welcoming Campuses, Safe Behaviors, a Supportive Culture, and an Equitable and Sustainable ProgramLearn more about the SRTS Building Blocks.

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 local jurisdiction or school division to promote and facilitate SRTS activities at a minimum of three schools.

Each non-infrastructure grant application must include a VDOT-approved Program Plan, which serves as the applicant’s Letter of Intent (LOI).  

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. For more information regarding the local match requirement, refer to the Local Match FAQs (includes a list of school divisions that now require a local match). 

Application Information

The first step in applying for a Non-Infrastructure Grant is to create a SRTS Program Plan. The Program Plan is the first phase of any SRTS effort and outlines a school or community's intentions for making active 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 Program Plan also serves as a legacy document for the school's or division's SRTS program.

The Program Plan includes the Program Plan Template (a Word document) and the Program Dashboard, a separate Excel document that provides additional details on schools, issues, and proposed activities. (If using Google Sheets, please follow this tutorial to open the Excel document and add it to your drive).

During each application period, program staff are available to review draft Program Plans for completeness. The Program Plans will be reviewed as they are received, and a response will be provided within two weeks of the request. Each application period will include a deadline for Program Plan review. Any Program Plans received after the deadline will be reviewed as time and resources allow.

Once complete, applicants should submit their Program Plan (as a PDF) as an attachment with their Letter of Intent (LOI) via the online grant management system. VDOT staff will review the Program Plan and grant the applicant access to the rest of the application within the online grant management system. Note: Being granted access to the system does not indicate that the Program Plan meets all of the necessary requirements, and the applicant may be asked to revise the Program Plan prior to submitting the completed application.

The Program Application in the grant management system is the second step in applying for a Non-Infrastructure Grant and focuses on the details of your funding request.

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

Only the types of programs and activities identified as “Activities” in the Program Plan will be eligible for funding. If an applicant seeks funding for a program or activity that is not included in the corresponding Program Plan, the application will not be considered as written. If you are unsure as to whether a certain program or activity is eligible, please contact the Virginia SRTS Coordinator

The Non-Infrastructure Grant is framed around five Program Building Blocks, including a foundation—Equitable and Sustainable Program—and four pillars—Safe Streets, Welcoming Campuses, Safe Behaviors, and Supportive Culture. These components support more students safely walking and biking. Learn more about the building blocks and example activities in this document. Some examples of fundable activities that are often part of a SRTS program are listed below.

Equitable and Sustainable Program

  • Hire a SRTS division coordinator
  • Establish a division-wide SRTS steering committee
  • Deliver presentations on SRTS to school PTA/PTO groups
  • Provide support/resources for annual student travel tallies
  • Provide support/resources/coordination for a division-wide bike camp for students with disabilities
  • Conduct a division-wide equity assessment

Safe Streets

  • Work with local government to ensure that key walking and biking routes to school are included in its transportation plans, maintenance budgets, and capital projects 
  • Establish a system for reporting and addressing infrastructure-related pedestrian and bicycle safety concerns
  • Provide support/resources/coordination for annual or biannual walk audits to note ped/bike infrastructure deficits near schools

Welcoming Campuses

  • Provide support/resources for student safety patrol program
  • Provide direct assistance on arrival and dismissal procedures to schools that request it
  • Assess bicycle parking needs and provide support for procuring bike racks
  • Educate principals regarding school division liability policies pertaining to walking and bicycling to school and SRTS activities

Safe Behaviors

  • Provide support/resources for bicycle safety/skills education (e.g., bicycle rodeos)
  • Provide support/resources for pedestrian safety/skills education
  • Provide support/resources/coordination for anti-bullying or anti-harrassment training for students who walk/bike to school
  • Provide support/resources for traffic gardens

Supportive Culture

  • Provide support/resources for Walk to School Day, Bike to School Day, and/or Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
  • Provide support/resources for a frequent walker/biker program or mileage club
  • Provide support/resources for establishing remote drop-off locations and park & walk programs
  • Provide support/resources for walking school buses and bicycle trains

Non-Infrastructure Grant Recipients to Date

Click here for a list of non-infrastructure projects funded from 2007-2019.

Page last modified: May 6, 2021