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2014-2016 SRTS Grant Awards Announced

MnDOT made available $4.8 million in federal grant funding for 2014-2016 Safe Routes to School projects. It was a highly competitive grant process with 85 applications received, requesting nearly $11.3 million in funding. Funding was awarded to 138 schools in 50 communities for planning and infrastructure projects.

Planning Assistance Grants

  • Received 46 applications for 123 schools requesting an estimated $1 million in planning funds.
  • The median amount awarded by plan varies by locations, size of the schools, and other variables.
  • Planning work will begin in August 2014 and wrap up in summer 2015.
  • Plans are completed by local Regional Development Commissions. Schools located in Non-RDC areas work with a planning consultant hired by MnDOT each year to provide assistance to schools selected in the solicitation.

Infrastructure grants

  • Received 39 applications requesting $10.3 million in federal funds, $13 million in total project costs.
  • This solicitation allowed high schools to participate and required a 20% match.
  • Projects were awarded funding for either 2015 or 2016.
  •  Some communities will begin work this spring on preliminary engineering.
  • Construction of projects will be completed during the summer of 2015 or 2016.

2014-2016 SRTS Grant Awards

2014 Planning
103 schools will receive SRTS planning assistance from their Regional Development Commission or a planning consultant. $400,000 was awarded to the Regional Development Commissions to provide this assistance to 66 schools. Approximately $400,000 will go towards one planning consultant to complete plans in 37 schools.

2014 Planning- Regional Development Commission Communities

  • Arrowhead Regional Development Commission- Grand Marais, Moose Lake, Fond du Lac, Esko, Barnum, Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor—15 schools         
  • East Central Regional Development Commission—Hinckley, Mora, Ogilvie – 6 schools
  • Headwaters Regional Development Commission —Bemidji and Park Rapids—3 schools     
  • Mid-Minnesota Development Commission- Olivia, Bird Island, Dassel and Hutchinson—6 schools
  • Region Five Development Commission- Little Falls, Cass Lake—6 schools       
  •  Region Nine Development Commission- Blue Earth, Fairmont, Madelia, North Mankato/Eagle Lake, New Ulm and St. James—21 schools
  • Southwest Regional Development Commission- Heron Lake, Okebena and Worthington—4 schools        
  • West Central Initiative- Ashby, Glyndon, New York Mills, Waubun-Ogema-White Earth, and Rothsay—5 schools

2014 Planning- MnDOT Planning Consultant Communities

  • Becker—3 schools
  • Buffalo- 1 school
  • Big Lake—4 schools
  • Jordan—2 schools
  • Maplewood—2 schools
  • Forest Lake—6 schools
  • Grandview Middle School, Mound—1 school
  • JJ Montessori Magnet School, St. Pau—1 school
  • Mahtomedi —3 schools
  • Seward Montessori School, Minneapolis--1 school
  • South Washington County Schools—9 schools
  • St. Charles—2 schools
  • Rogers—3 schools

2015-2016 Infrastructure

34 schools in 18 communities were awarded infrastructure funding for $4 million in projects to be completed in either 2015 or 2016. 

Deer River, Itasca County (2016) -- Sidewalk connections to King Elementary and Deer River High School. SRTS Award: $203,600.

Two Harbors & Silver Bay, Lake County (2016) -- Path and crossing improvements for Two Harbors High School and William Kelly Schools. SRTS Award: $165,500.

Cloquet, Carlton County (2016) -- Path connection and crossing improvements for Churchill Elementary, Cloquet Middle School, and Washington Elementary School. SRTS Award: $113,400.

Grygla, Marshall County (2015) -- Sidewalk, lighting and crossing improvements along TH 86 to Grygla School. SRTS Award: $144,960.

Sartell, Stearns County (2016) -- Sidewalk and crossing improvements along 2nd Street S for Pine Meadow Elementary, Sartell Middle and High School. SRTS Award: $435,287.

Frazee, Becker County (2015) -- Multi-use trail connection to Frazee Elementary and Frazee-Vergas High School. SRTS Award: $196,032.

Battle Lake, Otter Tail County (2015) -- Sidewalk connection along Main Street, Olaf Ave, and Roosevelt Ave Path from the north to Battle Lake School. SRTS Award: $283,888.

Perham, Otter Tail County (2015) -- Sidewalk along 9th Street, off-road path to the elementary school, crossing improvements along 2nd Avenue SW, and separate bus one way exit for HOL Elementary and Prairie Wind Middle School. SRTS Award: $216,800.

Red Wing, Goodhue County (2015) – Reconstruction of intersection in front of Twin Bluff Middle School and improvements to crossings. SRTS Award: $343,575.

Stewartville, Olmsted County (2016) -- Sidewalk connection on 3rd Ave SW, 8th Street SE, and 6th St SE for Bonner Elementary and Stewartville Middle School. SRTS Award: $140,000.

Wells, Faribault County (2015) --Sidewalk connections and crossing improvements along Garlock St, 2nd Ave SW, SW 7th St, 6th Ave SW, 3rd St SW, and 4th Ave SW for United South Central School. SRTS Award: $262,086.

Lakefield, Jackson County (2015) -- Path connection and crossing improvement from the south neighborhood to Pleasantview Elementary School. SRTS Award: $157,766.

Maplewood, Ramsey County (2015) --   Multi-use trail and crossing improvements along County Rd B and sidewalk connection on White Bear Ave N for Weaver Elementary and John Glenn Middle School. SRTS Award: $392,800.

West St. Paul, Dakota County (2016) --  Sidewalk/path connections and crossing improvements along Wentworth and Bellow Street to Garlough Elementary School. SRTS Award: $125,200.

Rosemount, Dakota County (2016) -- Sidewalk and crossing improvements along 144th to Rosemount Elementary. SRTS Award: $110,000.

Forest Lake, Washington County (2016) -- Path connections along US Hwy 61, 8th St SE, and 11th Ave SE to connect Forest Lake High School, Century Junior High School, Saint Peter's Catholic School, and Lakes International Language Academy. SRTS Award: $471,795.

Jordan, Scott County ( 2016) -- Sidewalk and crossing improvements along Sunset Drive for Jordon Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. SRTS Award: $80,600.

Rosemount, Dakota County (2016) -- Path connection to the school from the south and improve crossing on Evermoor Pkwy for students from the east. SRTS Award: $103,000.

Note: Safe Routes to School projects applying for the Transportation Alternatives Program solicitations through MnDOT or the Metropolitan Council will be notified by the region you applied to. 

Safe Routes to School History

Grants overview

In 2013, MnDOT awarded $4.3 million to local SRTS projects in more than 60 communities. 13 infrastructure projects, 9 implementation grants, and 37 schools are currently working on planning using this funding to plan or implement SRTS programs. These grants went to 80 schools statewide with a combined student population of more than 60,000 students.

The $18.5 million in federal SRTS funds designated for Minnesota from 2006-2012 have been spent on the following programs:

SRTS infrastructure

  • Infrastructure grants in Minnesota have gone to support local SRTS infrastructure projects to improve safety and access around schools. Examples include: traffic calming measures, multi-use trails, sidewalks, and other safety improvements
  • Of the $18.5 million in SRTS federal funds Minnesota received from 2006-2012, 80 percent of funds have gone to infrastructure projects
  • Federal Funds Spent: $3.6 million in 2011, $3.5 million in 2013, $4 million announced in 2014

SRTS travel plans

  • SRTS plans involve creating a SRTS team, collecting existing conditions around schools, and developing an action plan for infrastructure and implementation of SRTS activities
  • Due to the increased benefits seen from planning, MnDOT is moving towards requiring SRTS planning efforts for infrastructure
  • 70 percent of 2013 implementation grants awarded had completed SRTS planning
  • MnDOT has funded planning in more than 130 schools around the state since 2006
  • 109 new school plans funded since 2012
  • Federal Funds Spent: $721,000 in 2012, $365,000 in 2013, $700,000 announced in 2014 (awards in April), *2006-2011 planning was not tracked separately

SRTS implementation

  • Non-infrastructure implementation grants provide funding for school and community programs related to SRTS
  • This has included purchasing bike fleets, hiring regional coordinators to organize activities, providing incentives for events, and implementing walking schools buses and crossing guard programs
  • MnDOT no longer has funding remaining for this type of grant but Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program has SRTS initiatives all across the state
  • Federal Funds Spent: $168,000 in 2012, $525,000 in 2013

Statewide programs

In addition to the grants listed above, MnDOT also contracted with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, and Community Design Group to develop the Safe Routes to School Curriculum, provide regional trainings, and offer local technical assistance to schools and communities. Watch for more statewide programs in 2014!

Previous 2014 grants information

Planning assistance grants for 2014-2015 school year

Applications were due on Jan. 31, 2014. Awards will be announced in April. We're looking forward to sharing the news! Check out planning assistance grants details.

2015-2016 statewide infrastructure grants

Applications were due Jan. 31, 2014. This solicitation resembles the 2013 solicitation for Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects. Projects that are fully developed and able to be delivered quickly are encouraged to apply directly to MnDOT’s Safe Routes to School program for funding. A 20 percent match is now required, construction and engineering both eligible activities, minimum project cost is $100,000.

2017-18 grants

Metropolitan Council Transportation Alternatives Program

Due to federal funding changes, the Metropolitan Council will be holding a separate solicitation for TAP projects including SRTS projects. Applicants in the MnDOT Metro area can apply for this funding or the statewide Safe Routes to School 2015-2016 solicitation. Solicitation information is available from the Metropolitan Council.

Greater Minnesota Transportation Alternatives Program grant

The application deadline for this grant has passed. A Letter of Intent from those interested was due Nov. 15, 2013. Applicants who submitted a Letter of Intent will be hearing from their local Area Transportation Partnerships regarding the next step in the application process. Applications and deadlines vary by ATP. Applicants who have submitted a Letter of Intent for this 2017-2018 solicitation, are welcome to apply for the 2015-2016 if projects are advanced enough and funding the local match sooner is possible.

The Transportation Alternatives Program is a new competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more. Minnesota will be soliciting approximately $13 million across the state.

SRTS projects compete with other infrastructure projects for funding using the criteria established by each ATP; a 20 percent match is required, engineering is not an eligible expense.

Non-Infrastructure implementation funding

Minnesota Safe Routes to School Program

In 2013, the Minnesota legislature funded the MN SRTS program with $500K for the biennium to be used for non-infrastructure projects. The MnDOT SRTS Steering Committee is working to advise MnDOT on how to manage the funds and to develop statewide programs and resources to support SRTS.

Minnesota Department of Health, Statewide Health Improvement Program

SRTS is an eligible activity under MDH-SHIP. County Health Boards who identified Active School Day and Active Living strategies in their programs can work with local public health to implement non-infrastructure SRTS programs. Visit MDH website for details.