Many of the SRTS activities can be carried out by parent volunteers, student volunteers, and school staff with minimal investment. However, funding for larger project or program efforts may be necessary. Successful implementation of district-wide programs, engineering/infrastructure improvement and enforcement strategies may require more significant investment.
SRTS programs and activities are eligible for federal, state, regional and local funding. Please consider partnering with local agencies and community based organizations when applying for funding.
Sources for SRTS Funding consideration include:
- Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST ACT): The FAST ACT leaves each state Department of Transportation with discretion about whether to fund Safe Routes to School projects, and how much funding to dedicate to these initiatives. (Only infrastructure projects are eligible.)
- Highway Safety Improvement Program: Provides funding for bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements, as well as education and encouragement programs. (Both infrastructure and non-infrastructure are eligible.)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Grants and contracts are available for programs and projects that support the mission of promoting health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. (Only non-infrastructure projects are eligible.)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Grants are available for environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmntal quality. (Non- Infrastructure Only)
- Active Transportation Program (ATP): The ATP consolidates existing federal and state transportation programs, including State Safe Routes to School (SR2S), into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation. (Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure)
- Caltrans Sustainable Communities Grants: Funds local and regional multimodal transportation and land use planning projects that further the region’s RTP/SCS , contribute to the State’s GHG reduction targets, and also assist in achieving the Caltrans Mission and Grant Program Overarching Objectives. (Non-Infrastructure Only)
- SCAG’s Sustainable Communities Program: Funds projects that are intended to: Provide needed planning resources to local jurisdictions for sustainability planning efforts; develop local plans that support the implementation of the 2016 RTP/SCS; and Increase the region’s competitiveness for federal and state funds, including but not limited to the California Active Transportation Program and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds. (Non-Infrastructure Only)
- Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Grants: The Office of Traffic Safety distributes grants statewide to establish new traffic safety programs or fund ongoing safety programs. OTS grants may only be applied to non-infrastructure projects, such as Walk Safe, Bike Safe Train the Trainer Programs. (Non-Infrastructure Only)