The following information outlines the federal and state funding available to the SRTS program for grants and statewide programs for the next two years. The state fiscal year begins July 1, 2016, which means $1 million in non-infrastructure SRTS funds is available to the program for 2016-2017. The schedule, programs and grant funding levels were developed by MnDOT under advisory from the SRTS Steering Committee. This information is preliminary and may change throughout the next two years. Applications and solicitation details will be available in the fall.
Safe Routes to School federal funding was distributed to every state from 2005-2012. In 2012, the federal Safe Routes to School program was replaced with the Transportation Alternatives Program, a program that SRTS projects are eligible to apply for. More info on TAP and future Minnesota TAP solicitations. Additional federal funds were designated for Safe Routes to School by MnDOT leadership to transition between the original program and the changing funding sources. These federal funds require a 20 percent match.
In 2012, the Minnesota State Legislature created a state Safe Routes to School program modeled after the federal program. In 2013, the state invested $250,000/year in non-infrastructure programs from the general fund. In 2014, the state increased this to $500,000/year and also provided a $1 million one-time investment of infrastructure funding in 2015.
In 2013, MnDOT contracted with Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota to develop a Minnesota specific safety curriculum for youth that meets state standards. BikeMn trains teachers and school-related staff to teach Walk! Bike! Fun! and also provides technical assistance to schools and communities.
The development and management of the statewide MnSRTS resource center.
MnDOT staff time, as well as funding for trainings and support of the resource center.
Grants to schools and communities to develop SRTS travel plans. Plans are completed by regional development organizations or a statewide SRTS consultant. Since 2006 MnDOT funded more than 200 schools.
The next solicitation combines two 2014-2015 solicitations into one program. Communities can apply for small grants to start or expand SRTS school programs (crossing guards, bike trains, Walk to School Day) or they can apply for bicycle fleets and supplies to teach Walk! Bike! Fun!.
Grants to communities to construct infrastructure to improve access and safety around schools. Past grants included sidewalks to schools, trails along state highways, and improved crossings on school walking routes. A SRTS plan is required to apply.
Visit the MnDOT SRTS website for more information on solicitations.
Communities in Minnesota are most successful at creating positive changes and developing comprehensive SRTS programs when they have multiple funding sources. The following list is not exhaustive and will be updated over time:
The Statewide Health Improvement Program helps Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives by preventing the leading causes of chronic disease: tobacco and obesity.
SHIP grants are awarded to community health boards, which are made up of one or more counties and cities. SHIP grants are coordinated by a local SHIP Coordinator who helps communities in their region plan and implement strategies to support the health of Minnesotans. Safe Routes to School is a popular SHIP strategy and SRTS coordinators work with communities to develop SRTS plans, support programs in schools, and provide mini-grants and funding for SRTS projects.
Many SRTS programs are supported by grants or volunteer hours from local organizations. Examples across Minnesota include: grants for bike rodeos from local businesses, support for programs through Lions Clubs gambling revenues, health organizations providing staff support or funding for programs, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota Center for Prevention Active Living Demonstration Project grants.