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QuickStart Mini-Grants

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

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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. Activities must reach a broad audience. Creative proposals are encouraged.

QuickStart Mini-grants are designed to get your Safe Routes to School program going and build momentum. They can be used to fund a range of activities that encourage safe walking and bicycling to school, but please keep the following in mind as you prepare your application:

-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. Applicants are encouraged to use this opportunity to build excitement for walking and biking.

-Consider involving students in activity identification and planning—Students have great ideas and often a good sense of what will resonate with their peers. Involving students in event planning also gives them valuable leadership experience.

-Think creatively—This program values creative ideas for encouraging safe walking and bicycling to school.

Allowable Items:
-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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179853

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Term of Contract:

To be eligible for reimbursement, grant activities must be completed within 90 days of the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any school/community is eligible for a QuickStart Mini-grant, but priority may be given to applications from communities that are starting SRTS programs or include Title 1 schools.

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.

Not Allowable:
-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

Pre-Application Information:

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.

Fall 2017:
-August 10
-September 14
-October 12

Spring 2018:
-February 1
-March 1
-April 5

Fall 2018:
-August 10
-September 14
-October 12

Successful applicants will be notified within 3 weeks of the due date.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Jim Elliott

1-855-601-7787 (Toll Free)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia