SDOT opens applications for Safe Routes to School grants this month

During October’s “International Walk to School Month,” SDOT is accepting applications for Mini Grants of up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety and encourage walking and biking to school.

Some examples of past projects funded by the Safe Routes to School Mini Grants include kick-starting a walking school bus with safety vests and flags for bus “drivers;” supporting walk to school month events with prizes and incentives for walkers; incentives for bike to school commuters, like bike locks, lights, and helmets; bicycle safety and maintenance classes to make sure kids know the rules of the road and how to keep their bikes in tip-top shape; and traffic circulation plans to make sure traffic flows as safely as possible around schools.

International Walk to School Month is held in October each year in over 40 countries worldwide. The event gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to celebrate the many benefits of walking.

For more information and to apply for a Mini Grant, click here. In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be emailed, mailed, or faxed by the application due date.

If you have questions about the application process contact Ashley Harris at ashley.harris@seattle.gov.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on October 31. Recipients will be announced by December 5 and funds will be distributed in January 2015.

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