The following information outlines the federal and state funding available to the SRTS program for grants and statewide programs through July 2019. The state fiscal year began July 1, 2017 which means $1 million in non-infrastructure SRTS funds is available to the program for 2018-2019. 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. Applications and solicitation details are available as they develop on the grants page. Sign up for our MnDOT SRTS email list for updates.
Types of Funding
- Federal funds: Safe Routes to School was a stand along federal program from 2005-2012, federal funding was distributed to every state . In 2012, the federal Safe Routes to School program was replaced with the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), a program which SRTS projects are eligible to apply for. More info can be found on TAP and future Minnesota TAP solicitations on the TAP website. 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.
- State funds: In 2012, the Minnesota State Legislature created a state Safe Routes to School program modeled after the federal program (Minnesota State Statute 174.40). 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. Those funds continue to fund non-infrastructure strategies through the Safe Routes to School program at MnDOT.
2018-2019 Grants and Programs
Note: The programs and grants below are funded through the state non-infrastructure program and SRTS transition funds designated for SRTS by MnDOT. They are subject to change as funding changes occur each year. Visit the MnDOT website or the MnSRTS Resource Center for additional funding sources and information.
- Walk! Bike! Fun! bicycle and pedestrian safety curriculum: 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 and provide technical assistance to schools and communities.
- Minnesota Safe Routes to School Resource Center: Visit www.mnsaferoutestoschool.org to find resources to start a SRTS program, find additional funding sources, share success stories, access a toolkit of SRTS materials to use at your school, and more. The MnSRTS is updated with new and relevant resources as we identify needs in Minnesota communities.
- Planning Assistance Grants: 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 has funded almost 300 schools.
- Walk and Bike to School Day event coordination
- Bicycle Fleets: Bike fleets are essential parts of a successful bicycle education program, this solicitation offers the opportunity to apply for bicycle fleets, trailers and supplies to teach Walk! Bike! Fun!. A solicitation was held in 2016 and another will be held in late 2017/early 2018.
- Mini-grants: Communities can apply for small grants to start or expand SRTS school programs (crossing guards, bike trains, Walk to School Day)
- Infrastructure Grants: Grants to communities to construct infrastructure to improve access and safety around schools. Past grants have included sidewalks to schools, trails along state highways, and improved crossings on school walking routes. A SRTS plan is required to apply.
- Program Administration: MnDOT staff time, as well as funding for trainings and support of the resource center