Grant Application

Grant Application

Our Fiscal Year 2023 Grant Application period is closed. We're pleased to have already received inquiries about our next grant cycle. We anticipate making our next application open in early August 2024. We want to make sure you have all the information your organization needs to apply for funding and will be updating this page with new information as soon as it's available. Please keep checking in for the most current information. 

In our most recent Fiscal Year 2023 grant cycle, over $3M in funding was awarded to seven applicants. For the first time in our grant history, our Colorado Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee was able to consider awarding 100% funding to projects from qualifying communities. For an overview of all projects funded throughout the state, please visit our Master List of Colorado Safe Routes to School Grant-funded Projects.

We're rooting for your success! Read on below for our previous grant period timeline and a sense of what to expect in our next cycle. You will also find helpful steps to consider before applying. It's never too early to start preparing! 

Grant Application Timeline for Fiscal Year 2023

  • Noon Monday, August 8, 2022: Application url released
  • 11 am Tuesday, August 23, 2022: Google Meet Session--How to Prepare Your CSRTS Application
  • 4 pm Friday, November 4, 2022: Applications due
  • November - 11, 2022: CSRTS Team Technical Review
  • Mid-January 2023: Colorado Safe Routes to School Advisory Community meets to select projects
  • Mid-February/Late March 2023: Projects recommended to Transportation Commission for approval
  • Late March 2023: Applicants notified
  • 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Tuesday, May 9, 2023: Fiscal Year 2023 Grantee Meeting; Google Meet Invitation to be sent to Awarded Grantees. This is a required meeting for all new grantees. Please mark your calendars! 
  • Summer 2023: Contracts completed between CDOT and Grant Recipients
  • August 2024: Fiscal Year 2025 Grant Funding Application period opens (tentative)
  • Summer 2025: Estimated Deadline for Project Completion

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 some simple steps to take before applying:     

  1. Determine your eligibility. To apply for a CSRTS grant, applicants must be a political subdivision of the state. For a definition of "subdivision of the state", please click this link:
  2. Identify what type of grant your project might qualify for, infrastructure or non-infrastructure: On our website, you can find the Fiscal Year 2021 top-scoring infrastructure application and the Fiscal Year 2021 top-scoring non-infrastructure application for your reference. Please note, in order to offer these applications in the most useful and readable format, we have transferred information from Salesforce into new, modified documents. These documents do not represent the exact format of the application. 
  3. Read through our Fiscal Year 2023 Grant Application Guide. This updated guide provides a thorough run-down of both infrastructure and non-infrastructure applications so can anticipate what to expect and ready the tools to be successful. Once all details of our next application period are finalized, we will share an updated Grant Application Guide for Fiscal Year 2025. In the meantime, our previous guide will provide a detailed snapshot of the whole process.
  4. Get familliar with our community engagement toolkit, Working Together to Make Meaningful Change: A Toolkit for Engaging Communities Across Colorado. Created by Safe Routes Partnership with support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado Safe Routes to School, this resource offers tips and strategies for authentic and equitable community engagement which we love to see incorporated into projects. Utilizing suggested strategies will be vailable to your application and the success of your programming. For a thorough overview of the toolkit, check out the recording from one of our webinars on this topic!
  5. Contact us! Beginning in March, our Colorado Safe Routes to School Program Manager Melissa Trecoske Houghton will be offering 20-minute individual consultations, during which she can answer questions and talk to you about your project. Further, we are pleased to share that if you need Spanish interpretation for this consultation, we have the capacity to arrange this. Please email Melissa at [email protected] to schedule.  
  6. Coming soon: you will need to sign up for an account at . This is currently unavailable. However, once it's open and you are set up, you will be able to access our online application. 

Fiscal Year 2023 Grant Application Guide

Looking for a form?

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