2017 Funding/Grants/Award Opportunities: 

YEAR ROUND: Ohio Safe Routes Academy workshops and training
Plan your professional development and active transportation safety programs today for later this year – Ohio is one of the few states that offer FREE training, workshops and resources to communities, schools, health departments and other government jurisdictions to advance active transportation education, planning, programs and enforcement –  Crossing Guard Training, Walking School Bus Training, How to Conduct a Walk Audit, Safety in Active Transportation Planning, School Travel Plan Development, Girls In Gear, SRTS Lesson Plans, Policy Development and Non-Infrastructure Toolkit workshops are available! Take advantage by applying for a Safe Routes Academy workshop or training – the application is easy, and the resources and training are top-notch!  To learn more and apply, visit the Ohio Department of Transportation LTAP/Safe Routes Academy page today!

AAP Bicycle Helmet Application: Opened January 31, 2017, Closes March 3, 2017 Click here for the application.
The Ohio AAP is excited to once again provide bike helmets to organizations participating in Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Month – May 2017. Helmets are provided based upon available funding, number of applications, and need of each community/organization. Completion of an application is not a guarantee to receive helmets. Notification of bike helmet awards will be made using the email in the application no later than the week of March 20, 2017. If you have any questions about this application or prior to the notification of awards, please contact Hayley Southworth at

The Child Injury Action Group (CIAG) Pilot Project Grants – Due by noon on February 10, 2017
The application for CIAG Pilot Projects (formerly known as mini-grants) is now open!  Up to 5 grants will be awarded for up to $6,000 each.  These proposals must be Policy, System or Environmental Change focused.  The RFP is available at    CIAG is an action group of the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership and consists of representatives from various disciplines including: children’s hospitals, local health departments, businesses, state agencies, professional associations and universities.

AT Funding Round Open: Opened January 3, 2017, Closes March 3, 2017. Click here and then AT Funding Application”
As part of the Ohio Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is offering $1.7 M in state and federal Highway Safety Funds to support safe, active transportation. Each focus area (Education, Policy, Infrastructure and Data Collection) aligns with the SHSP Active Transportation Plan Check out the application guidance for details and information.

Safe Routes to School Application Round Open: Opened January 3, 2017, Closes March 3, 2017. Click here and then “SRTS Funding Application” 
The online application updated, note THE new (but easily) referenced health data needed. School Travel Plan assistance may be requested through your ODOT District SRTS Coordinator. Contact your SRTS District Coordinator with any questions.

Erie County Regional Planning, Metropolitan Planning Organization: Supports Safe Routes to School and active transportation projects, visit their website for more information and contacts:

OEPA – Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) 2017 opportunity – start planning now: The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) invites applications for mini grants ($500 – $5000) and general grants ($5,000 – $50,000) for education projects targeting pre-school through university students and teachers, the general public and the regulated community.  General grant projects may include those that projects that demonstrate and encourage the reduction of air emissions, including, but not limited to, promotion of alternative modes of transportation.  The next 2017 grant cycle is due in July and new application guidelines for 2017 are posted at

ARCHIVED Funding/Grants/Award Opportunities: 

GRANT: DEADLINE APRIL 2, 2014: Ohio HIA stakeholders: The Health Impact Project (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts) has just released their Call for Proposals to fund Health Impact Assessment projects.  The brief proposal deadline is April 2, 2014.  The Health Policy Institute of Ohio is tracking interest in this opportunity among Ohio stakeholders, contact Amy Stevens at HPIO if your organization is considering applying for this grant.

 GRANT: DEADLINE MARCH 6, 2014: Shared Use Opportunity: The National Parks & Recreation Association (NRPA) announced the availability of grant funds to support children’s health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs. Grants are for a one-year period and are expected to range from $25,000 to $35,000 with additional nutrition literacy materials provided (valued at $10,000).  These grants will be used to increase the number of healthy meals received by children in low-income communities, create behavior change through health literacy, and implement nutrition and physical activity standards.  This is a great opportunity to grow your park and recreation agency’s role as your community’s health and wellness leader.  Learn More and Apply Today  Applications are due at midnight ET on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

RESOURCE: DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28, 2014:  Bike helmets will once again be offered by the Ohio American Academy of Pediatrics through a grant process, to be used for your Bike Helmet Safety Week programs! Outreach toolkits are also available. Click here for more information, deadline for applications is February 28!

GRANT: DEADLINE MARCH 3, 2014: The Ohio Department of Transportation is now accepting Safe Routes to School applications! 

Application highlights include:

  • applications accepted through March 3, 2014, and will be announced in May.
  • up to $4 million dollars is available this round:
  • Infrastructure cap is $500,000; Non-Infrastructure is $30,000;
  • up to 10 school travel plan assistance applications will be awarded;
  • The online application is NEW and easy to use!  No login required, work can be saved and/or printed, and links are available for pertinent/required information.

Contact your ODOT District coordinator for more information, visit the ODOT-Safe Routes to School webpage for application instructions and information, or contact Kate Moening at or 614 269 7085 for application or coalition building assistance.

GRANT: ONGOING: Jan. 1, 2014: Voices for Healthy Kids – Grants Available for State and Local Policy Change!

Voices for Healthy Kids is a new collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.  Voices for Healthy Kids pursues policy-change strategies that research and practice suggest will have the greatest impact. Those strategies are focused on six key areas:

  • improving the nutritional quality of snack foods and beverages in schools;
  • reducing consumption of sugary beverages;
  • protecting children from unhealthy food and beverage marketing;
  • increasing access to affordable healthy foods;
  • increasing access to parks, playgrounds, walking paths, bike lanes and other opportunities to be physically active; and
  • helping youth-serving programs increase children’s physical activity levels.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is the expert organization for Active Places grant and technical assistance, which includes Safe Routes to School, Active Transportation/Complete Streets and Shared Use policy change initiatives- to learn more, click here.

For more information on the application process, visit the Voice for Healthy Kids website at

COMMUNITY AWARD OPPORTUNITIES: See that your community get the recognition they deserve for great transportation, safety and physical activity opportunities, practices and policies;

Smart Growth America – Applications now accepted for free workshops — For the third year, Smart Growth America is offering free assistance to local communities interested in building stronger local economies and creating great neighborhoods. These workshops will be awarded to a limited number of qualifying communities. The Coalition’s Complete Streets workshops are among the 12 types offered. Applications are due by Friday, December 6, 2013. Learn more >>

Walk Friendly Community Award:  Next application round opens November 1 2013, closes December 15, 2013. ‘Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program developed to encourage towns and cities across the U.S. to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments. The WFC program will recognize communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort.’ (From website.)

Bike Friendly Community Award: Next deadline for applications is February 19, 2014. “A community recognized by the League as Bicycle Friendly℠ is one that welcomes cyclists with trails, bike lanes, share the road campaigns, organized rides, Bike to Work Day events and so much more. A rich matrix of options that recognizes your area’s unique resources, the BFC application evaluates how your community encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation through the five Es: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation.” (from website.)

Ohio Healthy Community Award: Next Round in 2014:   The Ohio Department of Health recognizes the outstanding achievements of communities that implement health related policies and provide a healthy community environment.  The purpose of the award is to improve the quality of life for all residents of the community. Focusing on nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation efforts, the award recognizes communities efforts to encourage employees and residents to make healthy choices.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL FUNDING IN OHIO:  NEXT ROUND OPENS JANUARY 2014: Safe Routes to Schools programs have options for funding to develop school travel plans, implement non infrastructure programs and projects, and improve infrastructure for safety and connectivity in and around a school’s property.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School funding supports the development of school travel plans, and for communities/schools that have approved school travel plans, infrastructure and non infrastructure funding opportunities.  For information on application requirements, deadlines, and guidance, visit

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) may also have funding to support Safe Routes to School Programs through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding from the USDOT, Federal Highway Administration.  The following MPOs may have funding opportunities for Safe Routes to School programs, as well as other bicycle and pedestrian support.

Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS)

Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (Youngstown)

KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission (Huntington)

Miami Valley Region Planning Commission ( Dayton MVRPC)

Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commisssion (Columbus MORPC)

Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (Cleveland NOACA)

Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (Cincinnati OKI)

Stark County Area Transportation Study (Canton SCATS)

Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG)

DUE OCTOBER 18: Voices for Healthy Kids/Application for Technical Assistance Accepted through Oct. 18:  As part of our efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is proud to announce our integral role in the Voices for Healthy Kids collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Heart Association. The National Partnership is leading the Active Places campaign, engaging, organizing, and mobilizing people to advance policies that support healthy community design, shared use and street-scale policies in underserved communities and schools. Applications for technical assistance are now being accepted: to be considered the point of contact from the lead organization, office, or community group must complete the application form and submit via email to by October 18, 2013.  Learn more about the Voices for Healthy Kids collaboration here.

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING: Fire Up Your Feet:  Fire Up Your Feet is a program offered through the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Kaiser Permanente and National PTA to encourage families, students and schools to work together and create active lifestyles which inspire our children to be healthy and physically active.  Free resources, Activity Tracker and a great fundraising tool to help your school raise money is available – check it out here!


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