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Safe Routes to School Boost grant solicitation


Solicitation now open

Oct. 7, 2020 to Nov. 25, 2020

Safe Routes Boost grant overview

Safe Routes to School Boost grants are intended to help boost Safe Routes to School efforts! Through these grant awards, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will support communities with existing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) plans, or other comprehensive SRTS approaches, in advancing non-infrastructure strategies for schools that support making it safe, easy and fun for students to walk and bicycle to school. More detailed information on eligibility, reporting requirements, and funding restrictions are within the Guide for Safe Routes to School Boost grant applications.


This funding does not require any in-kind or matching funds. There is up to $200,000 of State SRTS Funds available for this solicitation. Applications should be a minimum of a $5,000 request and a maximum of a $35,000 request. If awarded, the funding is available on a reimbursement basis with proper documentation and reporting.

Application and guide

Below are the documents to download in order to complete the SRTS Boost grant application.

Informational webinars

A webinar will be provided to review SRTS Boost grant application requirements on November 2, 2020 at 11am Central. Join the meeting at that time at the link below or email the SRTS coordinator for more information here.

SRTS Boost Grants Informational Webinar
Nov. 2, 2020 at 11am Central

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The Boost application needs to be submitted online by 5pm on November 25, 2020. SRTS Boost grant awards are intended to begin work in March of 2021, completing work by June 2021. This condensed period of work makes this grant unsuitable for ongoing position or program funding beyond the 20-21 school year.

Scoring and review

A committee will review all applications using the scoring criteria in the application guide and a mindset of geographic balance. The review committee will be comprised of MnDOT staff and external partners with a knowledge of Safe Routes to School strategies. Information provided in the grant application will become public data after awards are selected.

Frequently asked questions

A FAQ document will be updated with any new questions submitted to MnDOT by Friday of each week on the MnSRTS Grant Website. Please contact Dave Cowan, Safe Routes Coordinator with any questions. Dave.Cowan@state.mn.us | 651-366-4180