• Introduction & Overview

    ​The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program was established in 2005 through SAFETEA-LU as a federally funded program to provide an opportunity for communities to improve conditions for bicycling and walking to school.  It is currently supported with Transportation Alternatives federal funding through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program established under the FAST Act.

    The following guidelines and application package were compiled to provide applicants with detailed instructions, required forms and supplemental information to assist in the preparation of a SRTS non-infrastructure program application. This category of funding is intended to support programs and activities that focus on education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation elements of a SRTS initiative.

    Please carefully review the information and instructions provided here before applying to ensure a competitive standing among other applications.

    If additional assistance is needed, please contact the NCDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Ed Johnson, at 919-707-2604 or by email at erjohnson2@ncdot.gov.

  • Purpose of SRTS

    ​The purpose of this program is to:

    • Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school
    • Make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age
    • Facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools
  • Available Funding for Non-Infrastructure Program

    ​The SRTS Program has set aside $1,500,000 per year of Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds for non-infrastructure programs and activities over a three-year period.  Funding requests may range from a yearly amount of $50,000 to $100,000 per project.  Projects can be one to three years in length.  Funding may be requested to support activities for community-wide, regional or statewide programs. The next funding cycle application will be available in January 2021. Please stay tuned to this web page for further updates.

  • Requirements

    ​Applicants must leverage their request for TAP funding with other funding sources that may be available to them, including grant awards or local funding for the 20% match.  Other federal or state funds cannot be used for the match.  Applicants who can designate other available resources to fund programs and activities to meet a comprehensive SRTS strategy will be considered upon evaluation. 

 Program Overview Webinar

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