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Safe Routes to School

Planning assistance grants

Solicitation closed January 2018. Stay tuned for updates on our next solicitation.

Since 2006, MnDOT has funded SRTS planning at almost 300 schools across Minnesota. SRTS plans have been used engage community stakeholders to successfully to identify barriers and opportunities for youth to walk and bicycle to school and 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


The application deadline for the 2017-2018 planning grants has passed, below are example applications and guides. We expect to open another solicitation in the fall of 2018.


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

Application guide

Basics of Safe Routes to School Planning

If you are interested in learning more about the Safe Routes to School planning process and how it might support your community, there are three Safe Routes Planning 101 webinars available on the Minnesota Safe Routes to School Resource Center.

Application webinar

Do you still have questions about the application, scoring criteria or eligibility? MnDOT will be hosting a webinar to answer questions and provide direction on the 2017-2018 planning assistance grants. Mark your calendars and use the Skype link below for audio/video:

Monday, November 6, 2018
2pm Central Time

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New in 2018

  • 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, 2019 (work may begin summer/fall 2018)

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