MnDOT offering “Safe Routes to School” grant opportunities

MnDOT offering “Safe Routes to School” grant opportunities

October 16, 2020 ---School News - KKIN/KFGI/KLKS/WWWI News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (10/15/20)

(Minnesota) — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is now offering schools and communities the opportunity to develop safer places for students to walk and bicycle with three different grants from the Safe Routes to School program.

Communities and schools can apply for planning assistance grants to help assess current conditions and create plans to improve walking and bicycling through programs and infrastructure. “Boost” grants support existing work with the application deadline for these grants being November 25th.

Infrastructure grants can fund projects that create safer streets to walk and bicycle. For those interested in this funding, must submit a letter of intent by October 31st.

After a plan is developed, schools and communities can use that plan to apply for funds to advance infrastructure such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and signage or non-infrastructure solutions such as community engagement, educational programming and encouragement events. The planning process works to engage stakeholders, analyze existing data, and set a prioritized list of strategies to make it easier for youth to walk and bicycle to work.

More information and deadlines for Safe Routes to School grants can be found on MnDOT’s website.