Metro Travel options grants
Regional Travel Options grants create safe, vibrant, and livable communities by supporting programs that increase walking, biking, ride sharing, telecommuting and public transit use. In 2019, Metro added a Safe Routes to School specific grant opportunity that provided $900,000 over 3 years to Safe Routes to School programs across the Portland Metro area. Learn more about the RTO grant program here.
In addition, Metro provides Regional Travel Options sponsorships – of which Safe Routes to School program support is eligible. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about RTO sponsorships here.
OAE Choice Trust Mini-Grants
The purpose of the Mini Grant Award is to support established School Employee Wellness programs with funding up to $5,000. Mini Grant funds are to be used to promote school employee health, well-being and resilience using the OEA Choice Trust Framework of Proven Strategies and Best Practices as a guide. Mini Grant Awards are meant to boost the current efforts of your program or help you develop and implement new parts of your program. Please click here.
Competitive Grant Program:
The majority of the funds, 87.5 percent or greater, are used for a Competitive Grant Program to build street safety projects to reduce barriers and hazards for children walking or bicycling to or from schools. Learn more here.
Rapid Response Grant Program:
Up to 10 percent of funds are used for urgent needs or systemic safety issues that occur in between Competitive Program Grant cycles. Learn more here.
Project Identification Grant Program:
Up to 2.5 percent of funds are used by ODOT to help communities identify projects to reduce barriers and hazards for children walking or bicycling to and from school and that will lead to eventual construction. Learn more here.
Infrastructure program – Project Identification results:
In the infrastructure program, ODOT selected 14 communities this summer, representing 32 schools, to work with on identifying potential projects for future funding. Partners will work together to:
- Identify barriers and solutions for students walking and rolling to/from targeted schools in these selected communities.
- Include these solutions in a newly-created local Safe Routes to School plan.
Communities receiving this assistance are spread across the state and include Bandon, Terrebonne, Oakland, Pendleton and others. The Project Identification Program helps ensure these communities and schools are ready to apply for project funding in future award years.
The next solicitation for ODOT’s Safe Routes to School Program will be summer 2020, when approximately $26 million will be awarded through a competitive process to build street safety projects that address barriers to children walking and rolling to school.
You can keep track of the funds allocated in this program with the interactive Safe Routes to School project tracking map.
ODOT has awarded $2.3 million for the upcoming three-year grant cycle, 2020-2022. Funding for this program comes from the Federal Highway Administration. Recipients range from the Beaverton School District to Commute Options (covering Jefferson County, Sisters, Bend/La Pine, Redmond and Crook County), from the Medford School District to the city of La Grande.
ODOT received 28 applications for the Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Program, totaling more than $4.4 million in funding requests. Staff used a set of principles approved by the Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee to rank the applications: safety, equity, communication, collaboration and coordination. The recommended list of eleven projects for 2020-2022 was approved by the Oregon Transportation Safety Committee on August 14.