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Safe Routes to School

The SRTS planning assistance solicitation is open. Applications are due by January 10, 2022 at 5pm.

Planning Assistance grant solicitation

Safe Routes Planning Assistance Overview

Through planning assistance awards, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will support SRTS plans for K-12 schools across Minnesota. Successful applicants will receive planning assistance provided by the Regional Development Organization (RDO), Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) or, if their services are not available, a statewide planning consultant.

Plans will include an analysis of existing conditions, public outreach and identification of potential infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions to help more children walk and bicycle safely to school. More information on the planning process and type of assistance available through this grant is available in the Planning Assistance Application Guide.

Applicants for planning assistance should be prepared to support plan development by providing information, completing an online assessment tool, surveying parents and students, helping to arrange and publicize public workshops, and participating in identifying local issues and solutions that will help more children walk and bicycle to school. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate a commitment to implementing the plan once it is complete.


The SRTS planning assistance solicitation will utilize up to $400,000 of federal and state SRTS funds to provide planning assistance to awarded communities. MnDOT enters into a grant agreement directly with the Regional Development Organizations, MPO’s, and a statewide planning consultant to provide planning services to the applicant. The local community does not receive funding directly from MnDOT.

Application and Guide

The SRTS planning assistance application and guide to completing the application can be found below.

Informational Webinars

A webinar will be provided to review SRTS planning assistance application requirements on Oct. 15 at 10am Central. Join the meeting at that time at the link below or email the SRTS coordinator for more information here.

SRTS Planning Assistance Grants Informational Webinar:

Webinar #1: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 hours) Microsoft Teams Meeting

Webinar #2: Monday, November 1, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (1 hours) Microsoft Teams Meeting


The planning assistance application needs to be submitted online by 5pm on January 10, 2022. Planning awards are intended to begin work in Fall of 2022, and complete the plan by June 2023.

Scoring and Review

A committee will review all applications using the scoring criteria outlined in the application guide and a mindset of geographic balance. The review committee will be comprised of MnDOT staff and external partners with a knowledge of Safe Routes to School strategies. Information provided in the grant application will become public data after awards are selected.

Frequently Asked Questions

A FAQ document will be updated as new questions arise. Please contact Dave Cowan, Safe Routes Coordinator with any questions not answered in this document. Dave.Cowan@state.mn.us | 651-366-4180

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.

Learn more about SRTS planning.