Grant Information

At a Glance

The San Mateo County Office of Education Safe Routes coordinates Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects for 501c3 charitable organizations that serve children of San Mateo County. The overall San Mateo County SRTS Program goal is to enable and encourage children to walk or bicycle to school by implementing projects and activities to improve health and well-being, safety, and also reduce traffic congestion due to school-related trips. Grant funding is available for schools interested in participating in the San Mateo County SRTS program. Since 2011, over 100 schools have participated in the grant program. Through participation, schools have learned that parents provide a number of reasons for choosing to drive their children to school, often citing distance, convenience, the ages of the children, and safety. SRTS programs address a number of these obstacles.


#1 - 2018-2019 Safe Routes to School Mini-Grant

Click HERE to access the mini-grant application.

Click HERE to see a list of approved San Mateo County Safe Routes to School service providers. Safe Routes to School education may only be provided by approved service providers.

$20,000 has been set aside to fund a mini-grant program for schools that are not currently part of the San Mateo County SRTS Program. Only schools, not school districts, may apply for a mini-grant. If the school is located in a district that is part of the regular San Mateo County SRTS Program or the school already has a regular Safe Routes to School grant, they are not eligible to apply for the mini-grant. Click HERE to see a current list of grantees.

The purpose of the mini-grant is to help schools that do not have the Safe Routes to School program explore ways to get involved and get their students safely walking and biking to school! The hope is that once schools receive mini-grant funds and become familiar with the San Mateo County SRTS Program, the schools, or their districts, will be in a better position to apply for the next regular call for projects for the 2019-2020 school year.

Mini-grant award amounts will be between $1,000 to $5,000 and must be used during the 2018-2019 school year. This is a competitive grant. All projects will be evaluated, scored, and ranked against others submitted in this Mini-Grant Proposal call for projects.


May 1, 2018                                        Release Call for Proposals

June 18, 2018                                       Proposals Due

June 19, 2018 – June 26, 2018                 Review Proposals

June 27, 2018                                        Applicants Notified via e-mail Regarding Grant Awards

July 6, 2018                                      Notification of Award Letters and Memorandum of

                                                           Understanding Sent via U.S. mail


#2 - 2018-2019 Safe Routes Pilot Program

Click HERE to access the pilot program application.

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) is now accepting applications for a pilot for the San Mateo County Safe Routes to School for Health and Wellness project. Through funding awarded from the Caltrans Active Transportation Program (ATP), the program will address three critical areas of long-term program sustainability:

  • Embedding in-class bicycle and pedestrian safety education in targeted grades aligned to existing education standards
  • The development of school cultures that support safe and healthy school travel
  • The empowerment of parents and community to embrace active forms of transportation

Safe Routes for Health and Wellness will run a pilot in the Fall of 2018 before countywide program implementation in the 2019-2020 school year. The pilot is designed to support ten schools, three of which will be in communities of concern, two schools in rural areas and five schools will be in urban areas not supporting communities of concern. During this pilot, schools will receive hands-on support and training to implement program curriculum and activities. 


2017-2018 Grant Information - This call for projects is closed.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for resources and forms you will need to complete the 2017-2018 Safe Routes to School Grant Application.

Check this page for updates and answers to any questions asked regarding the 2017-2018 call for projects.

Funding for the San Mateo County SRTS program is provided by a combination of federal funds from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Regional Safe Routes to School Program and local funds from the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG)'s Measure M.  This is a competitive grant.  All projects are evaluated, scored, rank ordered as part of the selection process.


The timeline for the 2017-2018 project selection process is as follows:

April 26, 2017  Release Grant Application

April 27, 2017  Grant Writing Workshop - 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm at SMCOE

May 26, 2017  Proposal Due

May 30 - June 7, 2017  Review Proposals

June 8, 2017  Notification via email

June 22, 2017  Notification via U.S. mail

Previous Projects

Grant funding has supported a variety of non-infrastructure and small capital infrastructure activities. A few examples of funded projects include:

  • Education: Bike Rodeos, Pedestrian Safety Assemblies, After School Bike Club Cycling Education, During School Bike Mechanics Courses, Parent Education Events, Route Maps, Website Development
  • Encouragement: Materials for hosting weekly/monthly Walk and Roll to School Days, Golden Sneaker Contests, Walk/Bike Across California and the United States, Secret Bike Brigades
  • Enforcement:  Materials for Students Safety Patrol/Kiddie Valet and volunteer Crossing Guard Programs
  • Engineering: Walkability and Bikeability Audits, Restriping of school parking lots, Installation of a Marquee for Parent Education
  • Evaluation: Data Entry of Program Data
  • Project Coordination

FAQs about 2017-2018 Call for Projects

Any questions that are asked regarding the call for projects will be stated here with an answer.

1. Can I upload an excel file to the application?  Answer: No.  You may work in excel but will need to save it as a pdf prior to uploading it.  The application will not accept excel files for upload.

2. We have engineering audits for all of our sites that were completed a few years ago. Would we need to complete new audits or will those suffice? Answer: The walk audits the district has completed are fine.  If the district wants more up to date walk audits, a request for funds to complete those can be written into the grant application.

3. If we were to tackle one or more of our remaining audit issues on our campus, is there a specific limit on the amount of infrastructure funds? Answer: There will be funds available for small capital infrastructure projects.  I have been in this position for 1.5 years and the most I have seen awarded in this area is $15,000.

4. Do we need to address all the E's in our proposal? Can you tell me a little bit about the equity E? We have serious equity issues around food security, available recreational space (no parks, sidewalks, pathways) and public transportation. Does the E for Equity open the door for addressing some of these issues or is the focus still specifically around the other 5 E’s? Answer: Education and Encouragement definitely need to be part of the proposal.  We are looking at helping to resolve equity issues in regard to safe walking and biking so highlighting that and building it into each of the other E’s will be a plus.  The more E’s you outline in the application, the better as long as they are feasible for the district to focus on.  (Although, if you do not apply for small capital infrastructure funds, then you will not need to include the engineering E.)

This is a good article about equity and SRTS -

5. We are a small district but would like to apply as a district in order to take advantage of the student leadership opportunities that a district-wide proposal offers. Would our maximum grant request be limited to $9000 x the number of schools or does a district-wide app have a higher cap not related to the number of sites? Answer: The maximum per district is $60,000 but because your district is so small, I highly doubt this amount would be awarded.  Once projects are selected and funding is awarded, districts will have the opportunity to update their work plan based on the project received.

Additional Grant Info and Forms

Call for Projects Letter

Grant Workshop Presentation - This workshop was held on April 27, 2017.

PDF of Grant Application - The application must be completed via the online form.  (You cannot look at the online application without filling it out because answers are required.) However, if you would like to print it out and take a look at it, please do.  Once you begin the online form, you cannot save it and go back to it. Please note...the pdf version of the application is very long.  The online version employs skip logic so it is not as lengthy as the pdf version.

Microsoft Word Version of Grant Application - Fill out this document and then cut and paste when you are ready to enter everything into survey monkey! (The online version employs skip logic so it is not as lengthy as this document.)

Action Plan

You MUST save this as a pdf before uploading it to the application. The application will NOT accept excel documents.

If you would like to use your own action plan template, you may do so as long as the required information is included.

Budget Template

You MUST save this as a pdf before uploading it to the application. The application will NOT accept excel documents.

If you would like to use your own budget template, you may do so as long as the required information is included.

Signature Page

Safe Routes to School Approved Vendor Menu of Services

Look at the vendor menu of services if you would like to see some of the educational and other opportunities that may be paid for by grant funds.

Click HERE to access the ONLINE grant application.

Click HERE to read about the 6 E's of Safe Routes to School.

Click HERE to read about Equity and Safe Routes to School.