Safe Routes to School



QuickStart Mini-grants are $1,000 reimbursement grants 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. 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.

  • Spend the full amount—Your application should include a budget that meets or exceeds $1,000.


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


 Online Application – Click here to apply for a QuickStart Mini-grant. 

Preview the application here.


Important Dates

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but will be reviewed periodically, on the dates listed below. Applicants will be notified of a decision within 3 weeks of the next review date following their submission.

To be eligible for reimbursement, grant activities must be completed within 90 days of the award.

 Fall 2022

 Spring 2023

August 25

September 29

March 2

April 6


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.


  1. Schools may benefit from one Quick-Start mini-grant per grant cycle. The grant cycles are fall (August, September, and October due dates) and spring (February, March, and April due dates). This means that a school awarded a grant in the fall may be awarded another grant in the spring. Don't shy away from applying simply because you were awarded a grant in the previous cycle!

  2. In some cases, schools that have been included in a VDOT SRTS Non-Infrastructure Grant may not be eligible for a QuickStart Mini-grant due to a maximum funding limit of $5,000 per school per school year. In most cases, this limit is not a factor. Please contact if you have questions about the funding limit or wish to confirm your school's eligibility.  Otherwise, ineligible schools will be notified of their status upon submitting an application. 


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


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

  • Non-electric scooters
  • Digital camera rental

  • Video camera rental

  • Helmet camera rental

  • Professional services (e.g., safety trainers)

  • Food and refreshments

  • Staff salaries

  • Stipends for volunteers

  • Installation-related costs (e.g., labor costs for installing a bike rack)
  • Fund-raising activities

  • Gift cards

  • Contests, prizes

  • Bicycles for specific individuals

  • Digital camera purchase

  • Video camera purchase

  • Helmet camera purchase

  • Skateboard or electric scooter related costs (equipment, racks, or installation)

* Modest-cost promotional/educational materials with the broadest reach are more likely to be competitive in the application process.


Need some ideas?  Click here. Also, check out this e-blast for ideas on how to use QuickStart Mini-grants during COVID-19.

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 SRTS Program has awarded over 300 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.

View SRTS Mini-Grant Beneficiaries in a larger map 

Page last modified: Aug. 24, 2022