A total of $30,000 in grant funding is available to local schools and school districts to help fund programs that encourage students to walk or bike to school, or educate youngsters about pedestrian and bike safety, SANDAG officials announced Monday.
For the 2016–2017 school year, the SANDAG iCommute program will offer Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Mini-Grants of up to $1,500 to individual projects and programs throughout the region.
Eligible applicants include public or private K-12 schools or school districts, K-12 after school programs, or community-based organizations applying on behalf of schools.
Some examples of mini-grant projects include contests that reward students for walking, riding, or skating to school; events such as a walking school bus or bike train program; and school murals or art projects that promote active transportation. In 2015, the program funded sixteen projects and events.
The Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Program is an annual effort designed to raise awareness of the environmental and health benefits of more active forms of transportation. iCommute also offers free classes and organized activities for schools, including bike and pedestrian safety assemblies, bike rodeos, encouragement rides, bike tune-up events, and skateboarding safety classes.
Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. April 22. Complete details on eligibility, reporting requirements, evaluation and selection criteria, and timelines are available at iCommuteSD.com/school. Applicants also can call 511 and say “school” for more information. Completed applications should be submitted to iCommuteGrants@sandag.org.
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