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Safe Routes to School

Planning Grant solicitation will open again in the spring 2024.

Planning Assistance Grants

Safe Routes Planning Assistance overview

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. More information on the planning process and type of assistance available through this grant is available in the Planning Assistance Application Guide.

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.

The next SRTS planning grant solicitation is planned for Fall of 2023.

Frequently asked questions

A FAQ document will be updated as new questions arise. Please contact Dave Cowan, Safe Routes Coordinator with any questions not answered in this document. Dave.Cowan@state.mn.us | 651-366-4180

Basics of Safe Routes to School planning

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.

Learn more about SRTS planning.