QuickStart Mini-Grant

Grants to Virginia Schools, Groups, Individuals, Nonprofits,
and Agencies to Help Students Walk or Bike to School

GrantWatch ID#: 179853
Agency Type:


Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)


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Grants of $1,000 to Virginia elementary and middle schools, school clubs and groups, faculty, staff, parent volunteers, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations for projects that enable students to walk or bike to school. Applicants may wish to involve students in planning and activity identification. Creative proposals are encouraged.

Proposed Mini-grant activities must advance the purpose of Safe Routes to School, which is to encourage or enable students to safely walk or bicycle to school. Activities that don’t advance this purpose cannot be funded, e.g., activities that promote physical activity but don’t encourage walking or biking to school or don’t include pedestrian or bicycle safety education.

Proposed Mini-grant actives should reach the broadest possible audience within the school community. Activities that exclusively target a fraction of the school community (e.g., a class or club) are generally discouraged; however, activities may target a smaller group if they also include outreach to the broader school community.

Allowable Expenses:
-Promotional materials*
-Educational materials*
-Safety items (e.g., reflective vests and bands, bicycle helmets, bicycle lights)
-Bicycle racks
-Bicycles that benefit groups of students
-Bicycle rentals
-Digital camera rental
-Video camera rental
-Helmet camera rental
-Professional services (e.g., safety trainers)

*Modest-cost promotional/educational materials with the broadest reach are more likely to be competitive in the application process.


Grant activities must be completed within 90 days of the award.

Eligible applicants include:

-Elementary or middle schools
-Adult-supervised elementary or middle school groups or clubs;
-Adult-supervised high school groups/clubs that wish to partner with a nearby elementary or middle school;
-Faculty, staff, or parent volunteers at elementary or middle schools;
-Local governments;
-Tribal governments; and/or
-Community-based or private nonprofit organizations that will work with a school to improve safety and/or increase the number of children who safely walk or bicycle to school.

Unallowable Costs:

-Food and refreshments
-Staff salaries
-Stipends for volunteers
-Fund-raising activities
-Gift cards
-Contests, prizes
-Bicycles for specific individuals
-Digital camera purchase
-Video camera purchase
-Helmet camera purchase

Applications for QuickStart Mini-grants are accepted year round. The applications are reviewed and funding is awarded six times a year, three times in the fall and three times in the spring.

2017 Deadlines:
-March 2
-April 6
-August 10
-September 14
-October 12

Successful applicants will be notified within three weeks of the due date.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Virginia

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