The San Diego Association of Governments Tuesday announced a grant program aimed at helping schools encourage kids to walk or ride a bike to school.

The SANDAG iCommute program will offer $30,000 worth of mini-grants to individual schools, districts and after-school programs for the 2017-18 school year, with each grant worth up to $1,500 each.

The grants are designed to help fund programs that encourage students to walk, skate or bike to school, or educate them about pedestrian and bike safety, according to SANDAG officials.

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.

Eligible mini-grant projects include contests that challenge and reward students for walking riding, or skating to school; bike-training programs; bike racks, if incorporated as part of a larger bike safety or education program; and school murals or art projects that promote active transportation.

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. April 21. Complete details on eligibility, reporting requirements, evaluation and selection criteria and timelines are available at iCommuteSD.com/school.

Applications should be submitted to iCommuteGrants@sandag.org.

–City News Service

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