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‘Safe Routes to School’ grants available

The Seattle Department of Transportation is awarding “mini-grants” of up to $1,000 for its Safe Routes to School Program, in celebration of International Walk to School Month.

The money must be used for programs that encourage more kids to ride their bikes or walk to school. All schools in Seattle are eligible to apply.

Groups also eligible for Mini-Grant Funds include PTA groups; Safe Routes to School teams; Walking School Bus groups; and other parent or teacher groups. Mini-grants can be used for a variety of items that support and encourage kids to walk or ride their bikes to school. Recent grants have supported new equipment for the Student Safety Patrol at Brighton Elementary; a bike commuter class at Ballard High School; walking school bus incentives at Blaine K-8; and new bike racks at Holy Rosary School.

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 30, and recipients will be notified by Nov. 13.

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