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Planning assistance grants

MnDOT is offering up to $500,000 in planning assistance grants to K-12 schools. Since 2006, MnDOT has funded SRTS planning at more than 200 schools across Minnesota.

SRTS plans have been used successfully to identify barriers and opportunities for youth to walk and bicycle to school and have been used to leverage significant investments in infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions.

MnDOT’s planning assistance grant provides planning expertise and plan development support to schools. Planning is completed by the local regional development organization, metropolitan planning organization, or the statewide SRTS planning consultant team. MnDOT will contract directly with the planning organizations and consultant. Applicants should be prepared to supply:

  • A list of the applicant’s SRTS team
  • Summary of SRTS work to date
  • Description of the community’s ability to implement a plan
  • If known, the number of children who currently walk and bicycle to school
  • Letters of support from the school and local government organizations

New this year

  • Mix of federal and state funds—high schools are eligible for funding
  • New flexible planning options to better meet school and community needs
  • All planning work must be completed by June 30, 2017 (work may begin spring 2016)


Applications are due at noon on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.


The planning assistance grant application is available as a word document. Please download the application, application guide and support materials to apply.

Application guide

Additional materials

Planning examples

  • Coming soon!

Want to learn more about SRTS planning? Visit the planning webpage at www.mnsaferoutestoschool.org.