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Safe Routes to School

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These programs and grants are funded through the state non-infrastructure program, federal and Safe Routes to School transition funds designated for Safe Routes to School by MnDOT. They are subject to change as funding changes occur each year.

Greater Minnesota Transportation Alternatives (Infrastructure opportunity, now open - LOI due Oct. 31, 2019, final application due Jan. 3, 2020)

Safe Routes to School is an eligible program for the Transportation Alternatives Solicitation. Greater Minnesota communities are eligible to apply to this competitive infrastructure program.
Greater Minnesota Transportation Alternatives

Planning assistance grants (now open! Application due Jan. 10)

Grants to schools and communities to develop comprehensive SRTS plans. Plans are completed by regional development organizations or a statewide SRTS consultant. Since 2006 MnDOT has funded almost 300 schools.
Planning assistance grants

SRTS Boost grants (now open! Application due Jan. 10)

Intended to boost local walking and bicycling efforts, SRTS Boost grants fund non-infrastructure strategies to help support current SRTS plans or programs.
SRTS Boost grants

Engineering Studies grant (now open! Application due Jan. 17)

SRTS engineering studies are intended to bridge the gap between potential safety strategies documented in a SRTS plan and implementation. Engineering Studies grants

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 2018.
Bicycle fleets

Infrastructure grants

Grants to communities to construct infrastructure to improve access and safety on prioritized routes to and at schools. Past grants have included sidewalks to schools, trails along state highways, and improved crossings on school walking routes. A SRTS plan is recommended to apply.
Infrastructure grants


Communities can apply for small grants to start or expand SRTS school programs (crossing guards, bike trains, Walk to School Day)

Local coordinator grant

This federal funding supports a part-time or full-time staff position for three consecutive school years. 
Local coordinator grant


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. Sign up for our MnDOT SRTS email list for updates on funding opportunities and more.

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. The legislature repeated the $1 million dollarThose funds continue to fund non-infrastructure strategies through the Safe Routes to School program at MnDOT.