Grant Application

We've Updated Our Grant Application!

We are accepting applications through Nov. 4 2020 and look forward to reviewing starting Nov. 5! Shortly after releasing our call for FY 21 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Projects, the decision was made to earmark approximately $2M of $7M available for grants to support communities experiencing hardships due to COVID. Specifically and for the first time ever, CDOT will accept applications from communities meeting the criteria outlined below without the normally required 20% match. Click here for complete details on this update

How to Prepare Your Safe Route to Schools Application

What You Can Do Today

We want to make sure you have all the information your organization needs to apply for funding. We are rooting for your success! If you are interested in pursuing this upcoming opportunity, here are five simple steps to take before applying:

  1. Determine your eligibility. To apply for a Colorado Safe Route to Schools (CSRTS) grant, applicants must be a political subdivision of the state. For a definition of "subdivision of the state", go to Justia US Law.            

  2. Identify what type of grant your project might qualify for, infrastructure or non-infrastructure: On our website, you can find helpful documents featuring sample infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects as well as the top-scoring applications from 2018 for your reference.

  3. Go to You will need to sign up for an account, after which you will be able to access our online application. If you have previously registered, check your username and password to ensure you're ready to go!

  4. Read through our Grant Application Guide. We have provided a thorough run-down of both infrastructure and non-infrastructure applications so you know exactly what to expect and have the tools to be successful. Throughout this guide, we provide additional explanations to items in the various sections as well as helpful resources. If possible, print out or pull up this guide so it is readily available to reference while you are filling out your application. 

  5. Talk to us. We held a Google Meet Session, How to Prepare your CSRTS Application, on Wednesday, August 26, at 11 am. From that session, we prepared a Grant Application Q and A document highlighting key questions. We will continue to update this document as questions come in. We further recorded the session for you to view if you were unable to join us or would like to review what was discussed. For those who have questions specific to an individual project, our Colorado Safe Routes to School Manager, Melissa Trecoske Houghton, offering brief 1-1 phone consultations. Email [email protected] to schedule. 

    Prospective applicants, we understand that the current situation is greatly impacting school plans. Please bear in mind that final projects will not be selected until February-March 2020, with start dates beginning in the summer of 2021 and later. If you are not already on our email distribution list, please email [email protected] to be added. We will be sending out communications regarding this funding opportunity throughout the open application window! Thank you for joining us in our efforts to improve student and community health and well-being!

Grant Application Guide

Other Helpful Resources

Top-Scoring Applications:

Colorado: The Official State Web Portal