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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: News Advisory: City Seeks Applications for Safe Routes to School Mini-Grants

10/23/2008  10:30:00 AM

City Seeks Applications for Safe Routes to School Mini-Grants Funds available to aid safe walking and biking to schools

(SEATTLE)--The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is seeking grant applications for safety funds newly available through the Safe Routes to School Mini-Grant Program. This new initiative provides small grants to assist with safe walking and biking near schools. Funded by the Bridging the Gap levy, it is part of SDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, which works to improve student safety through education, encouragement, engineering and enforcement.

All accredited K-12 public and independent schools within the city of Seattle are eligible to receive Mini-Grant funds. Requests can be for up to $1,000 and must be spent within two years. Entities eligible to apply for grant funds include schools, PTA groups, Safe Routes to School teams, Walking School Bus groups and other parent or teacher organizations.

SDOT encourages using the funds to create Safe Routes to School teams at schools, plan and promote Safe Routes events, create incentive programs encouraging walking and biking to school or purchase new safety gear for school patrols. Applications will be accepted until November 14, 2008, and grant recipients will be notified by December 1, 2008.

Applications should be mailed to: The Seattle Department of Transportation, Attn: Brian Dougherty, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, P.O. Box 34996, Seattle, WA 98124-4996. For more information please contact Brian Dougherty at 206-684-5124 or via e-mail at Additional information is on-line at

Bridging the Gap is the $365 million levy passed by Seattle voters in 2006. It enables much-needed work by the Seattle Department of Transportation, such as roadway paving, sidewalk development and repair, bridge maintenance, and tree pruning and planting. The levy funding also supports the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, enhanced transit connections and large Neighborhood Street Fund projects.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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