Grant funding is available for the construction and engineering of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) offers Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program funding to projects that 1) enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school, 2) make bicycling and walking a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, and 3) facilitate the development of projects that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution near New Jersey’s primary and middle schools.
Apply today for SRTS Grants!
Although projects can benefit all types of schools, the focus should be on schools with children in grades K-8 and on projects located within two miles of a school. Any New Jersey county, municipality, school, or school district can apply for funds, however they must demonstrate an ability to meet the requirements of the program (NJDOT has final authority regarding the eligibility of an applicant). As part of this certification process, a full-time employee of the grant recipient must agree to be responsible for the project. If no full-time employee exists, a partner municipality or county with a full-time employee willing to be the responsible charge could take the lead on the project to meet this requirement. All applications must be submitted through NJDOT’s online electronic grants administration system, SAGE. The funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis only, so it is critical to ensure money is available for the initial project investment prior to reimbursement. Extra consideration will be given to projects in disadvantaged communities and/or communities with a Complete Streets Policy or School Wellness Policy that supports walking and biking to school.
Give it another go!
If your application was not funded in past rounds, don’t despair. Take this time to strengthen your last application either by creating a School Travel Plan or improving your record of relevant past activities by completing a strong and thorough application.
The application deadline is June 27, 2016. Apply online directly through NJDOT’s SAGE system.
For more information about applying for SRTS grants on our website, click here.
To review the Tip Sheet on strengthening applications, click here.
Contact your SRTS Regional Coordinator to assist you with questions about your application.