Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Mini-Grants

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Active transportation for students and money for schools

The Walk, Ride, and Roll to School mini-grant program is an annual awareness effort implemented by iCommute and the Safe Routes to School initiative. The goal is to increase the number of children who walk, bike, skate or scoot to school; raise awareness of the benefits of more active forms of transportation; and promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. The mini-grants will empower schools with the resources and flexibility to organize events and programs that work best for their students.

In support of International Walk to School Day in October, the program will award mini-grants of up to $1,500 to public or private K-12 schools or school districts. Programs or projects that educate and encourage active forms of transportation to and from school, and that promote pedestrian safety around schools are eligible. A total of $30,000 in grant funding will be available in 2015.

A request for grant applications will be available in late April, 2015, with an application deadline of Friday, May 22. Schools will receive approval notice by June 15, and may host their funded event or program between September and November, 2015.  Check back in April for a link to the grant application and complete eligibility details. 

There are many benefits to participating in the annual Walk, Ride, and Roll to School mini-grant program:

  • Improve children’s health – increased physical activity can help combat childhood obesity 
  • Give parents a chance to connect with their kids while walking or biking to school 
  • Improve air quality and the environment 
  • Help schools and districts meet their green goals
  • Encourage safer environments around school zones – less traffic congestion can improve safety
  • Instill healthy habits in children’s commute decisions

In 2014, San Diego region schools participated in a week-long Walk, Ride, and Roll to School challenge. Overall, students logged miles equivalent to 56,313 home runs in Petco Park and burned calories equal to snorkeling in La Jolla Cove for 673 hours!

For more information about Walk, Ride, and Roll to School or the mini-grant program, email schools@sandag.org, or call 511 and say "Schools." 

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