VDOT Announces New Funding for Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Grants!

For our Northern Virginia partners,

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced new funding for Safe Routes to School non-infrastructure grants, which includes funding for staff coordinator positions (see page 7 of the guidelines). Details are below. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is available to provide advice and help with your applications if you decide to apply. We also would like to keep track of applicants from Northern Virginia so please let us know if your jurisdiction plans to apply.

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Dear SRTS Partners,

If you read our December newsletter, you might have seen the teaser about our upcoming grant announcement.  Well, it is official, VDOT is kicking off the 2015 round of Non-Infrastructure Grants!

As in years past, the first step is the creation of an Activities and Program Plan (APP) to document your intentions for enabling and encouraging students to engage in active transportation as they travel to and from school.  You can find the guidelines for the creation of an APP, as well as a template and FAQ sheet, on the School Travel Plans and Grants page.  Previously submitted APPs must be updated to reflect your most recent activities.

We will once again make ourselves available to review your draft or final APP if you submit it to your LTAC via email by February 28th. The APPs will be reviewed as they are received, but a response will be provided within two weeks of the request.  Those received by February 28th will be guaranteed a response by March 11th, and those submitted well in advance of the deadline will likely have a quicker turnaround time.

Once your APP is complete, you will submit it through our online grant application system as the first step of your application.  Please note – we will open the application page for submissions on March 1stAll applications must be substantially complete and submitted by March 31st.

Important Dates:

  • February 28th: Deadline for optional review of APP
  • March 1st: Non-Infrastructure Grant application system opens for submissions
  • March 31st: Non-Infrastructure Grant application due

For more information about purpose of the grant, funding limits, eligible activities and other pertinent information, please consult the Virginia SRTS Program Guidelines.
For help getting started, or if you have any questions, please contact us at 1-855-601-7787 or email the LTAC for your region.

I look forward to working with you over the next few months to get your schools access to this great resource.

Regards,

Rob Williams

Virginia Safe Routes to School Coordinator

An Update on our Regional Network Efforts in Greater Washington, DC

Dear Partners in the Greater Washington DC Region:

Happy New Year! We wanted to share an update regarding our staff working in the Greater Washington DC Region. We are excited to announce that Bill Sadler, our regional policy manager in the Greater Washington, DC region, will be transitioning back to Southern California to fill our vacant regional policy manager position there. We hired Bill in September 2014, and while he readily jumped in to the work in the DC region with both feet, part of him desired to work in Southern California. Given Bill’s strong skill set and transportation knowledge base, we have made the decision to transition him back to Southern California, effective February 2.

Meanwhile, this transition opened up an opportunity in the Greater Washington DC region and as circumstances would have it, our federal policy manager, Matt Colvin, was facing the end of funding for his current position. We felt that his strong policy experience would serve him well as regional policy manager and so he will take on the regional work, effective January 20.
Matt’s full bio can be viewed here.

We are very enthusiastic about the restructured regional policy team, and we are anticipating a busy but effective year in 2015!

Questions? Contact Stephanie Weber, Regional Network Manager, at stephanie@saferoutespartnership.org or (757) 871-8639

Bill Sadler, bill@saferoutespartnership.org or 847-732-4007
Matthew Colvin, matthew@saferoutespartnership.org or (202) 847-0240