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.



2019-2020 Grant Information 

Scroll to the bottom of the page for resources and forms you will need to complete the 2019-2020 Safe Routes to School Grant Application.

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.  This is a competitive grant.  All projects are evaluated, scored, rank ordered as part of the selection process.


The timeline for the 2019-2020 project selection process is as follows:

April 6, 2019  Release Grant Application

April 24, 2019  Video Conference Grant Office Hours Meeting - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Click HERE to register.

May 15, 2019  Proposal Due

May 16 - June 5, 2019  Review Proposals

June 6, 2019  Notification via email

June 21, 2019  Notification via U.S. mail

Previous Projects

Grant funding has supported a variety of non-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: Not applicable for the 2019-2020 grant cycle
  • Evaluation: Data Entry of Program Data
  • Project Coordination

FAQs about 2019-2020 Call for Projects

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

Additional Grant Info and Forms

Call for Projects Letter

PDF of Grant Application - This is a fillable pdf

Microsoft Word Version of Grant Application - You may fill this out and turn it in if you do not want to use the fillable pdf.

Spending Guidelines

Action Plan

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

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 - grant funds may be used for services provided by approved vendors

Approved Vendor Catalog

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.