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Mini Grants

Mini Grants provide assistance to schools, PTAs, and community groups to support education and encouragement for walking and bicycling to school.

Recipient Eligibility

The Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program provides grants of up to $1,000 to schools, PTAs, and community groups for education and encouragement programs for walking and biking to school. All public and private K-12 schools within the City of Seattle, PTAs, and other school-related nonprofit groups are eligible to apply for Mini Grants.

Project Eligibility

The primary purpose of Safe Routes to School Mini Grants is to fund activities that support the overall goal of safety education and encouragement for walking and bicycling to school.

Funds can be used for a variety of programs, including (but not limited to):

  • Student safety patrol
  • Pedestrian education campaigns
  • Pedestrian crossing flags
  • Walk to School Day events
  • Intersection paintings
  • Walking School Bus or Bike Train programs
  • Bicycle safety skills building events
  • Bike Rodeos
  • Bike to School Day events
  • Traffic circulation changes on school property

In Fall of 2015, SDOT awarded 17 Mini Grants to schools and community organizations serving public and private schools throughout Seattle. To see these Mini Grant awards, click here.

Application Process

The Mini Grant program has two annual funding cycles: Spring and Fall. Applicants may receive funding once per year. For examples of successful applications from previous years, click here and here.

Funding Cycle




Up to $1,000

Up to $1,000

Application Period

April 1st – 30th

October 1st – 31st

Notice of Decision

First week of June

First week of December

Funds Distributed



Summary Report Deadline

June 30th of following year

December 31st of following year

To apply, follow these two simple steps:

  1. Complete the Mini Grant Application. The application can be downloaded or filled out online through this link.

  2. Submit a letter of support from the principal. Email or mail the letter to this contact:

    Seattle Department of Transportation 
    Attention: Serena Lehman
    P.O. Box 34996
    Seattle, WA 98124-4996

Applying is easy, but don’t take our word for it. Watch this video starring parents at three Seattle schools.

Summary Report

Grant recipients must submit an end of year summary of how funds were used. Recipients are not eligible to apply again until an end of year report is submitted. The summary report should include the following:

  • Program Description
  • Accomplishments
  • Summary of Program Expenses
  • Photos of Project (in electronic format)

Click here to download an example summary report.

For more information, contact Serena Lehman at (206) 684-7577 or

Other Funding Requests

Projects that are not eligible for funding through the Mini Grant Program include new bike racks, re-marking existing crosswalks or installation of new crosswalks, and bike lanes.

If you would like any of these improvements at or near your school, SDOT will evaluate your request. Please contact SDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator Brian Dougherty at 206-684-5124 or



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