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.
SAFE ROUTES FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
The call for projects for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed. Check back here in spring 2020 for the 2020-2021 call for projects.
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
UPDATED - June 27, 2019 Notification via email
UPDATED - July 12, 2019 Notification via U.S. mail
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.
1. Who can we ask to write a letter of support? Most applicants who turn in letters of support get them from community partners who support their program. For example, a school I work with has a solid partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. Some school districts work closely with their city traffic engineers. Some schools have a very involved PTA. Think about who supports your school or district program and ask them for a letter of support.
2. Do I only need to turn in one hard copy of the grant application? Please turn in one hard copy with wet signatures on the signature page and one digital copy of your grant application.
3. I missed the SRTS Data Workshop. Was the workshop recorded? Yes. The workshop was recorded and can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Additional Grant Info and Forms
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.
If you would like to use your own action plan template, you may do so as long as the required information is included.
If you would like to use your own budget template, you may do so as long as the required information is included.
Safe Routes to School Approved Vendor Menu of Services - grant funds may be used for services provided by approved vendors
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.