New System Simplifies Safe Routes to School Grant Applications

Sept. 13, 2018 -

The Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is making it easier for public entities to apply for funding with a new and modernized on-line program.

Beginning this month, applicants can apply for a portion of the $5 million available to fund a variety of SRTS projects and programs that enable and encourage children to walk or bicycle to and from school. A total of $4 million is available for infrastructure projects, such as sidewalk installations, intersection crossings improvements, and connector trails. The SRTS program also is providing $1 million for various education projects, such as those that improve skills and knowledge about bicycle safety, and walking to and from school.

Grants are awarded through a statewide, competitive process. Applications must be received by CDOT by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. Eligible entities include schools, school districts, cities and towns, and counties.

Infrastructure grants are a minimum of $100,000, up to a maximum of $500,000. Education project grants are a minimum $5,000.

"We've made the grant process much easier for applicants by streamlining it and placing it online," said CDOT Safe Routes to School Program Manager Leslie Feuerborn. "In addition, we've gone from an annual funding process to a two-year one, which allows us to increase the amount of money that's available."

Another key SRTS event that engages students, parents and communities is the 22nd Annual Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Schools can register online at Access posters, stickers, bookmarks, and other promotional items.

The SRTS program was originally established by Congress in August 2005. This year's projects are funded with federal funds that are managed by CDOT.