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Safe Routes to School - Planning Assistance Grant

In-Kind Support to Minnesota Schools, Districts, Local Governments, and Development Organizations to Develop School Transporation Safety Plans

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Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)

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01/11/19 12:00 Noon


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In-kind support to Minnesota schools, school districts, county and city governments, Tribes, and development and planning organizations to assist with the development of plans for better school transportation safety. Applicants must contact their regional development organizations or program staff to discuss their intent to apply.

Through planning assistance awards, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will support SRTS plans for K-12 schools across Minnesota. Successful applicants will receive planning assistance provided by the Regional Development Organization (RDO), Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) or, if their services are not available, a statewide planning consultant. Plans will include an analysis of existing conditions, public outreach and identification of potential infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions to help more children walk and bicycle safely to school.

Applicants for planning assistance should be prepared to support plan development by providing information, completing an online assessment tool, surveying parents and students, helping to arrange and publicize public workshops, and participating in identifying local issues and solutions that will help more children walk and bicycle to school. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate a commitment to implementing the plan once it is complete.

Planning Staff Support – Rural Regions
Successful applicants for SRTS planning assistance in rural regions will receive staff support from the local Regional Development Organization wherever RDOs are available. Schools in non-RDO areas will work with a MnDOT planning consultant.

Minnesota’s RDOs have expertise in community planning, have existing relationships with important stakeholders, and have received training specifically in SRTS plans.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183145

Term of Contract:

Planning awards are intended to begin work in July of 2019, with a completing of work by June 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To ensure that the SRTS program is available to a broad spectrum of groups that represent students, both public and non-profit entities may submit applications for funding. Eligible groups include (but are not limited to):

- Schools, both public and private
- School Districts
- Cities
- Counties
- Federally Recognized Tribes
- Regional Development Commissions
- Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Applicants are encouraged to include multiple schools on an application whenever the schools can realistically coordinate on a plan by sharing one SRTS team, doing joint public outreach meetings, conducting shared assessments, and creating one completed SRTS plan to cover all of the schools in their community. It is up to each applicant to determine what will work best in the community, but effective school clusters would likely share the same city or school district and have some geographic proximity. Each school included in the plan would be expected to complete its own parent and student surveys, walking/biking assessment, and online assessment tool. Specific action steps would be identified in the plan for each school.

All K-12 Minnesota schools are eligible to apply, however there is limited capacity to fund high school programs in 2018-2019.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you are interested in learning more about the Safe Routes to School planning process and how it might support your community, there are three Safe Routes Planning 101 webinars available on the Minnesota Safe Routes to School Resource Center:

Application webinar
Do you still have questions about the application, scoring criteria or eligibility? MnDOT will be hosting a webinar to answer questions and provide direction on the 2018-2019 planning assistance grant solicitation. Mark your calendars and use the Skype link and conference call line below for audio/video:

Monday, November 5, 2018
11am Central Time
For Audio call Conference Call Line: 1-888-742-5095 Code: 928-208-6172
For Visual Join Skype Meeting:
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Pre-Application Information:

Rural Regions: Schools should contact their RDO planners early in the application process to inform them of the intent to apply and ensure they are available to support the plan. RDO contact information is available here:

Metropolitan Regions: Applicants in metropolitan regions should contact MPO staff to inform them of the intent to apply for SRTS planning assistance, using the contact information found here:

If the MPO is available to support the plan, the MPO will work with MnDOT to determine the budget and selection of school locations. Applicants in the Twin Cities metro area should not contact the Metropolitan Council.

Schools in metropolitan areas where the MPO is not available to perform the work, including in the Twin Cities metro area, and those schools located in areas of Minnesota that do not have an RDO or MPO (Regions 10 and 7W, shown on the map in the link above) will work with a planning consultant provided by MnDOT.

Applications should be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, January 11, 2019. Awards will be announced in May 2019.

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Contact Information:

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

Send your application to:

The Minnesota Department of
Transportation 395 John Ireland Boulevard
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155-1899
Phone: 651-296-3000
Toll-Free: 1-800-657-3774
TTY, Voice or ASCII: 1-800-627-3529

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USA: Minnesota