Metro's SRTS Micro-Grants are available for schools and PTO's to apply for. The grants fund materials and services that are used for transportation-focused events, education, & outreach activities. Metro prioritizes events that are local, community-based, and culturally specific. See the Project Suggestions section for examples of projects.
There are 25 SRTS Micro-Grants available each fiscal year and they fund up to $500 per request. Schools may only receive one micro-grant per school year. Applications for SRTS Micro-Grants will close for the fiscal year when all 25 have been requested.
There is no match of funding required and funds are provided on a reimbursement basis following the submission of a final report and documentation of expenses in the spring. Applications for can be submitted anytime.
Fund A Walking School Bus. Use the grant money to buy prizes, reflective rain gear for students who use a Walking School Bus (a group of supervised students who walk to school from a meeting point) or use it as a stipend to entice volunteers. Scroll down for more Walking School Bus suggestions!
Host a bike swap or a bike rodeo event. Use the funds to pay a mobile bike mechanic to visit your school during a Bike Swap or Bike Rodeo event. Families get their bikes repaired, kids enjoy riding bikes together, and Safe Routes to School will hand out free helmets.
Start a Bike Bus. Use the funds to organize a Bike Bus for your school. Students gather at a meeting point and enjoy a supervised (and fun!) ride to school. Use the grant funds to pay for prizes, reflective vests, or a volunteer stipend.
Purchase collectible prizes that are gifted to Walking School Bus participants each time they walk. Students can feel proud of their accomplishments as they collect more prizes.
Ask a group of 5th grade volunteers or a student Green Team to lead a regular Walking School Bus with an adult chaperone. Use the $500 to pay for part of their end-of-year celebration.
Provide a regular Walking School Bus leader with an incentive such as a gift card to a grocery store.
If you need support with applying for your grant, please reach out to Beaverton School District's Safe Routes to School team. If you provide the non-profit tax ID of either your school or PTO, we can help with the rest!