Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Browse this list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information about the mini-grant program and the application process.

What should I know about the mini-grant funds?

Q: What is the dollar value of each mini-grant, and how many will be awarded?
A: The National Center and Schwinn's Helmets on Heads Program will award 25 mini-grants of $1,000.

Q: Are these funds subject to the same reporting requirements that State-distributed SRTS funds are subject to?
A: No. The reporting requirements differ from those associated with larger, State-disbursed SRTS funds. We only require that mini-grant recipients submit two reports:

  1. An informal report on activities midway through the implementation period; and

  2. A final report at the end of June 2015 that describes activities and budget expenditures accompanied by at least three digital pictures.

Mini-grant recipients may be asked to complete a brief questionnaire after the grant period.

What are the important dates I should know?

Q: What are the important dates that I need to know?
A: The application deadline is Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Mini-grant recipients will be notified by Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and will be formally announced in December 2014. Activities must be completed by  the end of the Spring 2015 semester. A brief final report is due at the end of June 2015. 

Who can apply?  

Q: Are these mini-grants available to schools and organizations nationwide?
A: Yes.

Q: Are private schools eligible for mini-grant funds?
A: Yes.

Q: Can central office staff submit an application?
A: Yes, grant applications can be submitted by central office staff. All activities, though, must occur at one or more specific schools.

What are the application requirements?

Q: Does our school have to have a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program?

A: Your school must have a safe walking and/or bicycling to school program, or it must be willing to start such a program in order to be eligible for the mini-grant funds.

Q: Are the mini-grant funds only for schools/organizations that have already received a Safe Routes to School grant from their state?

A: No, any school or organization can apply for a mini-grant regardless of whether the school/organization has received other SRTS funds.

What types of activities are eligible?

Q: What kinds of activities can we do with the money?

A: We would like to see proposals that fit a school's needs and interests. To give you some ideas about the possible ways in which these funds could make a difference, visit http://saferoutesinfo.org/about-us/newsroom/our-newsletter/article/5-great-ideas-10-bikes-and-20-helmets

What kinds of items can be purchased with these funds?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Promotional materials*
  • Educational materials*
  • Safety items (e.g., reflective vests and bands,
  • bicycle helmets, bicycle lights)
  • Bicycle racks
  • Bicycles that benefit groups of students
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Helmet camera
  • Professional services (e.g., safety trainers)
* Modest-cost promotional/educational materials with the broadest reach are more likely to be competitive in the application process.
 

Q: Could our school/organization use the mini-grant funds to pay for safety equipment such as safety vests, flags or hand signs for crossing busy streets, yard signs for walking-bus stops, solar flashing lights at crosswalks, etc.?

A: Yes, the mini-grant funds can be used to purchase safety equipment. 

What information will the selection committee consider?  

Q: Will geographic distribution be factored into the mini-grant selection decisions?

A: Yes. The selection committee considers the national geographic diversity of mini-grant recipients as a group.

Q: Will community characteristics be factored into the mini-grant selection decisions?

A: Yes. The selection committee seeks to have a variety of community types represented in the group of mini-grant recipients.  

How can we help our application be competitive?  

Q: How can we help our application be competitive?

A: We seek well-thought-out application responses that:

  • Propose activities that can address the school's particular situation or interests and that have the potential to have a broad reach and lasting impact;
  • Demonstrate a reasonable connection between activities and desired outcomes, and include a plan for measuring those outcomes; and
  • Include a clear description of how funding will be used for these activities.

Q: Should someone review my mini-grant application before I submit it?

A: We strongly recommend that you ask someone else to review your proposal before you submit it. Reviewers who are not involved in writing the proposal may help to identify areas in the application that need more explanation.

 

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