Q: Who can apply for the Mini-Grants?
A: Any group or organization interested in improving walkability/bike-ability in the vicinity of K-8 schools in the City of Rochester, including schools, PTAs, neighborhood groups, not-for-profits, etc.
Q: Do the Mini-Grants require matching funds?
A: No, matching funds are not required; but provision of matching funds may be considered in the selection process.
Q: Are the Mini-Grants funds provided on a reimbursement basis?
A: Fifty percent (50%) of the funds will be disbursed upfront, upon execution of an agreement with the City. The remaining 50% will be disbursed upon successful completion of the program. The recipient must retain all original receipts in the event of an audit by the federal government.
Q: Are these Mini-Grants available to any school serving grades K-8 in the City of Rochester?
A: Yes, any school with students in grades K-8, or a subset thereof, that can demonstrate the presence of or potential for students who walk or bike to school are eligible to receive a Mini-Grant, including private, parochial, and charter schools.
Q: Are High Schools eligible?
A: No, federal legislation requires that these funds only be spent on schools serving students in grades K-8. However, if a High School serves grades below 9, then it is eligible for Mini-Grants.
Q: What kinds of activities are eligible for funding?
A: We anticipate that each school has unique needs and opportunities. For ideas on how to use these funds, please visit this helpful page hosted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School: www.saferoutesinfo.org/funding-portal/mini-grants/eligible-activities
Q: What items may be purchase with this funding?
A: Because Safe Routes to School funds are federal funds, there are rules and restrictions on how they may be spent. Below is a representative list of items that can and cannot be purchased with Safe Routes to School Mini-Grant funding.
Yes! Mini-grant funds CAN be spent on items like these:
- Promotional materials*
- Educational materials*
- Safety items (e.g., reflective vests and bands, bicycle helmets, bicycle lights)
- Bicycle racks
- Bicycles that benefit groups of students
- Bicycle rentals
- Digital camera rental
- Video camera rental
- Helmet camera rental
- iPad rental
- Professional services (e.g., safety trainers)
No, Mini-grant funds CANNOT be spent on items like these:
- Food and refreshments
- Staff salaries
- Stipends for volunteers
- Fund-raising activities
- Gift cards
- Contests, prizes, and incentives
- Bicycles for specific individuals
- Digital camera purchase
- Video camera purchase
- Helmet camera purchase
- iPad purchase
* Modest-cost promotional/educational materials with the broadest reach are more likely to be competitive in the application process.
Q: Will geographic distribution be considered in the selection process?
A: Yes, location will be a factor in the selection process in the hopes that this funding may be distributed equitably across the city. However, clustering of grants by location may also be desirable in order to maximize the benefits of the program.
Q: How often are Safe Routes to School Mini-Grants given?
A: This is only the second round of mini-grants that the City of Rochester has made available. Future rounds of mini-grants are dependent on funding availability.
If you have additional questions, please contact City of Rochester Transportation Specialist Erik Frisch at 585-428-6709 or firstname.lastname@example.org.