Grant Application

Grant Application

Our Fiscal Year 2023 Grant Application period is now closed. We tentatively anticipate opening our next grant period in August of 2024. Please refer to our timeline shared below for an indicator of our process.

In our most recent Fiscal Year 2023 grant cycle, over $3M in funding was awarded to seven applicants. For the first time in our grant history, our Colorado Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee was able to consider awarding 100% funding to projects from qualifying communities. Please join us in celebrating our newest grant recipients and their projects listed below! For an overview of all projects funded throughout the state, please visit our Master List of Colorado Safe Routes to School Grant-funded Projects.

Fiscal Year 2023 Grantees

Non-Infrastructure Grants

Boulder County Transportation  (Region 4) is awarded $100,000 for a multi-generational approach to increasing the number of students bicycling to school, providing opportunities for safe bicycling education, access, and practice for all ages across the Lafayette Elementary School community. 

The City and County of Denver (Region 1) is awarded $395,600 toward developing a robust, scalable model to support more students walking and biking safely to and from schools that builds on existing work to create a sustainable system for Safe Routes to School.

Infrastructure Grants

The City of Fort Collins (Region 4) is awarded $745,587 to develop improved bicycle and pedestrian crossings for Zach Elementary School based on recommendations from a thorough transportation study completed for the school in early 2022.

Ricardo Flores Magon Academy (Region 1) is awarded $120,008 to collaborate with Adams County Public Works to provide an enhanced pedestrian crossing solar powered rapid flashing beacons, additional signage, sidewalk connectivity, and curb ramp improvements.

The City of Boulder (Region 4) is awarded $707,222 to provide improved pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to help Manhattan Middle School students safely and comfortably bike and walk to school.

The City of Pueblo (Region 2) is awarded $482,977 with no match requirement to open up safe routes to Risley Middle School and Park View Elementary School two schools by improving the Monument Corridor.

The City of Cortez (Region 5) is awarded $750,000 with no match requirement for upgrading and installing sidewalks and bike lanes for K-8 grade student’s use to and from two RE-1 District schools.

Grant Application Timeline for Fiscal Year 2023

  • Noon Monday, August 8, 2022: Application url released
  • 11 am Tuesday, August 23, 2022: Google Meet Session--How to Prepare Your CSRTS Application
  • 4 pm Friday, November 4, 2022: Applications due
  • November - 11, 2022: CSRTS Team Technical Review
  • Mid-January 2023: Colorado Safe Routes to School Advisory Community meets to select projects
  • Mid-February/Late March 2023: Projects recommended to Transportation Commission for approval
  • Late March 2023: Applicants notified
  • 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Tuesday, May 9, 2023: Fiscal Year 2023 Grantee Meeting; Google Meet Invitation to be sent to Awarded Grantees. This is a required meeting for all new grantees. Please mark your calendars! 
  • Summer 2023: Contracts completed between CDOT and Grant Recipients
  • August 2024: Fiscal Year 2025 Grant Funding Application period opens (tentative)
  • Summer 2025: Estimated Deadline for Project Completion

How to Prepare Your Safe Route to Schools Application

What You Can Do Today

We want to make sure you have all the information your organization needs to apply for funding. We are rooting for your success! If you are interested in pursuing this upcoming opportunity, here are some simple steps to take before applying:     

  1. Determine your eligibility. To apply for a CSRTS grant, applicants must be a political subdivision of the state. For a definition of "subdivision of the state", please click this link:
  2. Identify what type of grant your project might qualify for, infrastructure or non-infrastructure: On our website, you can find the Fiscal Year 2021 top-scoring infrastructure application and the Fiscal Year 2021 top-scoring non-infrastructure application for your reference. Please note, in order to offer these applications in the most useful and readable format, we have transferred information from Salesforce into new, modified documents. These documents do not represent the exact format of the application. 
  3. Sign up for an account at . Once set up, you will be able to access our online application. 
  4. Read through our Fiscal Year 2023 Grant Application Guide. This updated guide provides a thorough run-down of both infrastructure and non-infrastructure applications so can anticipate what to expect and ready the tools to be successful. 
  5. Read through our new community engagement toolkit, Working Together to Make Meaningful Change: A Toolkit for Engaging Communities Across Colorado. Created by Safe Routes Partnership with support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado Safe Routes to School, this resource offers tips and strategies for authentic and equitable community engagement which we would love to see incorporated into projects. For a thorough overview of the toolkit, check out the recording from our January webinar!
  6. Watch this recorded Google Meet Grant Application Question and Answer session held by our Program Manager Melissa Trecoske Houghton for an overview of our grant application requirements including a demonstration for mapping your project in Google Maps. 
  7. Contact us! If you have specific questions about your project, please contact our Colorado Safe Routes to School Program Manager Melissa Trecoske Houghton at [email protected].  

Fiscal Year 2023 Grant Application Guide

Looking for a form?

Are you a current grantee, looking for a form? Please visit a resource below:

Other Helpful Resources