Posted by: SLW | September 30, 2010

Prevention Connections Offers Safe Routes to School Grants

Prevention Connections’ Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is accepting applications for mini-grants of $2,000 for communities to sponsor a Walk and Bike to School event. Safe Routes to School is a federal program designed to help children to be more physically active and can assist schools and communities struggling with safety, transportation costs and traffic challenges.

The goals of the mini-grant program are to (1) increase awareness of the benefits of safe walking/biking to school, (2) increase the number of youth engaging in physical activity through walking/biking to school and (3) provide schools with resources on SRTS best practices and additional funding opportunities.

The mini-grants specifically target low-income areas. Studies show that these children face a higher risk of being injured or killed as pedestrians. The mini-grant program is intended to be a catalyst for these communities to begin to examine ways to make the environment safer and more accessible for children to walk and bike to school, as well as to connect these groups with larger funding opportunities.

The application is available online at http://www.preventionconnections.org. In order to apply, the targeted schools must be Title I elementary and/or middle schools in Virginia. A variety of groups are encouraged to apply including PTAs, local governments, community agencies and nonprofits, etc.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, December 30, 2010, 11:59 p.m. For any additional information, contact Ashley Johnson, SRTS Program Manager, at (804) 225-3004 or ajohnson@preventionconnections.org.

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