Safe Routes to School


Infrastructure Grants

Sidewalk under construction, Maroon Tide Drive, Galax

Infrastructure grants are available to fund engineering projects related to Safe Routes to School (SRTS). These projects alter the built environment making it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. The types of projects eligible for construction with infrastructure grants funding include sidewalks, bicycle facilities, pedestrian signals, crosswalks, and pedestrian-scale lighting to improve safety.

In Virginia, SRTS infrastructure projects are funded through the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside program. The application and award process is managed by VDOT's Local Assistance Division

Due Dates

TA Set-Aside grant applications are accepted every other year. Tentative application deadlines are:

  • Pre-application deadline -- July 1, 2021 *MANDATORY*
  • Full application deadline – October 1, 2021


Many different types of organizations may apply for TA funds, however applicants should have experience administering federal grants and using the SMART Portal system. The most common eligible sponsors are local governments, regional transportation authorities, and transit agencies. Natural resource or public land agencies, schools and school districts and tribal governments are also eligible. See the links below for more information.

Important Links

Infrastructure Grant Recipients to Date

Over the past ten years, Virginia has allocated over $28 million dollars to SRTS infrastructure projects throughout the state. Click here for a list of infrastructure projects funded from 2007-2017.

Page last modified: March 30, 2021