Virginia Safe Routes to School workshops and mini-grants

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Safe Routes to School program is hosting workshops statewide to help you apply for QuickStart Mini-grants and non-infrastructure funds. There will be two workshops in Northern Virginia:

Thursday, March 14
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Flint Hill Elementary School – Library
2444 Flint Hill Road, 22181

Front Royal
Wednesday, April 10
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Comission
400 E Kendrick Lane, 22630

Register now! As a bonus to attendees, two participants at each workshop will be chosen to have a walk/bike event planned at their school by VDOT!

The workshop will help you prepare projects idea and applications for the QuickStart Mini-grants. Additionally, it will provide information on how to complete a Program and Activities Plan which is required to apply for non-infrastructure funding. Non-infrastructure funding includes Safe Routes to School coordinators, educating students to be safe pedestrians and bicyclists and encourage students to walk and bicycle through fun events and incentives. Non-infastructure applications should be available in the spring.

QuickStart Mini-grant applications are available now. Mini-grants are up to $1,000 and have already benefited at least 13 schools in Northern Virginia. The grants are intended to help implement upcoming walk/bike projects at schools. This funding could be the kick start you need! Deadlines are March 14, April 18 and May 16 but once the money is gone, no more applications will be accepted so plan to apply early. More information on the VDOT Safe Routes to School website.

I am happy to talk about projects or potential opportunities at your school, please feel free to contact me. Any specific, application-oriented questions should be directed to the new Northern Virginia Local Technical Assistance Coordinator, Jim Elliott at


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