Grant Application

Our FY 2021 Grant Application window is now closed. Thank you to all who applied! For a glimpse of our funded projects throughout the state, visit our Colorado Safe Routes to Schools Funded Projects map. Find more details on our comprehensive Master List of Colorado Safe Routes to School Grant-funded Projects. Please read on below to learn about our newest grantees' projects, and for resources to help you prepare for our next round of funding. Current grantees, scroll down for forms and other helpful resources!

 Our FY 2021 Grantees

We are excited to introduce our FY 2021 CSRTS grantees! These twelve applicants were selected by our Colorado Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee via a highly competitive process through which we are awarding just over $6M in support of safe, accessible active transportation routes to and from school throughout the state. Thank you to all who applied! 

Non-Infrastucture Grants

Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, Advancing a Culture of Active Transportation in Schools (ACATS): This project will build a sustainable SRTS network in Denver’s K–5 public schools by pairing the City and County of Denver’s active transport infrastructure priorities with safety education modules delivered by trained teacher champions. Piloting at three schools over two program years that are scheduled to receive nearby mobility infrastructure, ACATS will transform the long-term effectiveness of Denver SRTS programs.

Center Consolidated Schools 26JT, Center Schools Safe Routes to School: This project will expand existing SRTS programs to include additional crossing guards. It will further enhance safety programming through curriculum delivery aligned to new Colorado Health and PE standards through programming taking place both in and out of school. Finally, it will promote walking and biking through the Center SRTS Coalition. Additional efforts will be placed on understanding and addressing safety concerns toward the goal to reduce in-town bus routes during warm months.

Grand Valley MPO, Grand Valley Safe Routes to School Smart Project: Mesa County aims to expand upon its 2017 SRTS project, updating existing safe routes maps and further integrating them into an interactive website and mobile app. These new platforms will allow students and parents to look up local safe routes, report safety hazards along routes, and receive encouragement to walk and bike through level-based challenges. The project will also create a countywide educational campaign that will utilize a variety of marketing strategies to help educate students and drivers.

Infrastructure Grants
Town of Center, Center Safe Routes to School Project:
The Town of Center is collaborating with the Center School District to increase the safety for walking and biking to school through planned improvements including two sidewalks running directly through town to Center Consolidated School and a crossing light south of the school.

City of Cañon City, Safe Routes for Washington and Canon Exploratory Students:  Washington Elementary and Cañon Exploratory School are both located on one of the busiest streets in Cañon City. Cañon City plans to provide a safe route for students of both schools, situated 1.4 miles apart, to walk or bike by installing and replacing sidewalks along 9th street. 

Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, Smith Elementary Intersection Improvements: DOTI will open up safe routes to Smith Elementary School by addressing the lack of safe crossings through the construction of eight pedestrian refuge islands at four key intersections. Included in the project design are epoxy continental crosswalk markings, advanced yield markings, and pedestrian crossing signage. The design of each crossing treatment will include ADA-compliant curb ramps.

City of Gunnison, Ohio Avenue Safewalk: The City of Gunnison’s project consists of the construction of a protected bike and pedestrian corridor. This corridor will provide a safe, easy, and obvious route to connect Gunnison schools, residential neighborhoods, Western Colorado University, the downtown business district, existing local trail systems and north/south sidewalks and bike lanes.

City of Salida, Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Improvements for Longfellow Elementary and Salida Montessori Charter School: This project will address the lack of easy connections for residents in the fast-growing southwestern part of the City of Salida to The Monarch Spur Trail, the backbone of the city's off-street bicycle and pedestrian transportation system, and a crucial safe route to access both Longfellow Elementary and Salida Montessori Charter School. The City will create and enhance safe routes to school via shared-use paths and sidewalks connecting to the trail.

City of Arvada, Secrest Elementary Safe Routes to School Sidewalk: The City of Arvada’s project will construct approximately 1050 linear feet of sidewalk and associated ADA curb ramps along a key area of Pierce Street. Pierce is a collector street with approximately 1400 vehicles per day which serves a residential area as a connector to the entrance to Secrest Elementary School, where nearly all the students are in the walk zone.

Town of Mead, Town of Mead Regional Trail Extension: The Town of Mead will install 1/2 mile of the 8'-wide concrete trail which will serve as an extension of an existing trail network and provide a safe route for students living north of the downtown area to reach the Mead Elementary and Middle schools. The trail will be detached from the existing 2-lane rural asphalt roadway, where currently no sidewalk exists.

City of Pueblo, Safe Routes to Haaf Elementary School: The City of Pueblo will provide safe and accessible routes to Haaf Elementary school by 1) constructing multi-use sidewalks and connections to give students a direct route to the school entrance; 2) installation of high visibility crosswalks to alert motorists of pedestrian activity, and 3) installation of ADA curb ramps to improve accommodations for all users. 

Town of Hayden, Hwy 40 Pedestrian/Multi-Modal Safety Project: This project specifically targets youth access to Hayden schools but will provide the enhanced ability for all ages to walk and bike within the town via the installation of 6' pedestrian sidewalks where they do not currently exist along Hwy 40. The sidewalks will enhance pedestrian safety and multi-modal access, and also solidify non-motorized vehicle transportation along Hwy 40 with increased safety to those non-motorized travelers. 

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