Mini Grants are a great way to ease into the Safe Routes to School movement, and start building a culture of walking, biking, and rolling at your school. Mini Grants afford schools and communities to create programs that educate and encourage students to stay healthy and active while reducing traffic around schools. Up to $10,000 per school is available, and up to $100,000 for those applying for 10 or more schools. Personnel costs and time to support program implementation and communication is available with a maximum of $5,000 per school for personnel, which cannot be transferred to non-personnel if the applicant determines they do not need said funds, or the limit is not reached. Applications are competitive and funding is limited.
The 2022 Mini Grant RFP is now closed. MFF is aiming to notify applicants in early May about the status of their funding proposals. Tentative funding decisions for the 2022-2023 academic year Mini Grants will be made in May.
Refer to the non-infrastructure sections of the eligibility list for what could be eligible under the SRTS Mini Grant. You can view the Eligible Programs and Budget Example document to brainstorm ideas for your program and review an example of a typical budget.
COVID-19 Modifications: We recommend that all applicants and prospective coordinators read through our guidance on program modifications. Here you will find helpful information on how your programming may need to be adapted depending on changing learning environments. We also understand that the inconsistent nature of the pandemic may interfere wit the implementation of your grant compared to a typical school year. As such, we appreciate early communication should you anticipate difficulties.
For questions about the Mini Grant, contact Program Coordinator Adam Jenks or your grant coordinator.