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Applicants sought for Safe Routes

Minnesota schools and their partners are invited to apply for $1.25 million in Safe Routes to School grant funds for projects that will help more children safely walk and bicycle to school. Applications are due Jan. 9, and are available at http:/...

Minnesota schools and their partners are invited to apply for $1.25 million in Safe Routes to School grant funds for projects that will help more children safely walk and bicycle to school. Applications are due Jan. 9, and are available at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/saferoutes/ , according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Schools in Minnesota may apply for state grants in three categories:

• SRTS Infrastructure Solicitation - K-12 schools, in partnership with cities or counties, will receive grants to support infrastructure identified in Safe Routes to School planning efforts that improve safety or access for children walking and bicycling to school. MnDOT has $1 million in state funds for projects constructed in 2015 or 2016.

• Pilot Mini-Grants -These grants of up to $2,500 can be used for items to support schools and community SRTS activities, such as crossing guard supplies, bike maintenance equipment and incentives for walking and biking.

• Bicycle Fleets and Trailers -This grant is for communities interested in a bicycle fleet and trailer to carry the bicycles. These bicycles help implement the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota's Walk! Bike! Fun! Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety curriculum in schools. Deadline for this grant is Dec. 5.

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MnDOT has $1.5 million in new state funding available for infrastructure and non-infrastructure grants for 2015-16. This is in addition to the $250,000 allocated by the state Legislature in 2013.

All non-profit organizations and government entities in Minnesota may be eligible partners, including tribal nations, schools, school districts, cities, counties and regional planning organizations. Infrastructure grants require a city or county sponsor.

For more information, contact Mao Yang at 651-366-3827 or mao.yang@state.mn.us . See MnDOT's website for grant information, www.mndot.gov/saferoutes/ .

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