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. These grants allow schools and communities to create programs that educate and encourage students to stay healthy and active, and to reduce traffic around schools. Up to $10,000 per school is available, and up $100,000 per applicant. A maximum of $5,000 should be set aside for a Program Coordinator and/or personnel work, with an additional $5,000 eligible for non-personnel expenses. Applications are competitive and funding is limited.
The 2021 Mini Grant RFP is now closed. MFF is aiming to notify applicants in early May about the status of their funding proposals.
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 Considerations: As always, the safety of students is imperative. During this uncertain time, we highly 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 formats.
We understand that the inconsistent nature of the pandemic may interfere with the implementation of your grant compared to a typical school year. As such, we greatly appreciate any early communication related to anticipated difficulties.
Tentative funding decisions for the 2021-2022 academic year mini grants will be made in June.
For questions about the Mini Grant, contact your grant coordinator or Adam Jenks.