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Attention Seattle nonprofits, schools, and community organizations: We’re offering COVID-19 grants of up to $1,000 through Safe Routes to School program.

Biking to school in pre-pandemic days. Photo Credit: SDOT Flickr.

UPDATE: July 20, 2021

The Safe Routes to School Program is no longer offering our COVID-19 Response Grants. Please see our Mini Grant webpage to learn more about our other grant opportunity.


Through our Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, we’re offering emergency COVID-19 grants of up to $1,000 to nonprofits, Seattle schools, and school-oriented community organizations.  

The SRTS program aims to increase safe walking and biking to school. These grants are intended to encourage safer walking, rolling, and biking to and from schools and around the community. In total, the SRTS program has allocated $15,000 to this grant funding.  

Even though most instruction is taking place remotely this year, we know many students still need to walk, roll, or bike to pick up free school lunches, get around their neighborhoods, and stay active.  

The SRTS COVID-19 Grant is a competitive grant that awards funds to nonprofit organizations, Seattle schools, and school-oriented community organizations to provide the services and/or resources necessary to help students stay active and healthy.  

These grants can be used to fund a variety of projects – read on!

Student holding a pedestrian crossing flag near school in pre-pandemic days. Photo Credit: SDOT Flickr.
Student holding a pedestrian crossing flag near school in pre-pandemic days. Photo Credit: SDOT Flickr.

Types of projects that can be funded by the grant include (but not limited to):

Applications are available now and grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.  

Who can apply? Individuals, PTAs, nonprofit, organizations, school-oriented community organizations, and school staff as long as the grant money serves students!

We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) led community based organizations to apply. 

The point of contact can be anyone affiliated with the school and the fiscal sponsor must be someone who’ll be able to receive the check (like a PTA treasurer or school principal). 

Applying for a grant is a fast and straightforward process! Fill out a grant application online, by visiting   

Grant requests may be for up to $1,000. If awarded a grant, we’ll ask you to sign a grant agreement and W-9 form.

If you have questions about the grant application or process, please contact Jennifer Meulenberg at

Find out more at Our Open House on October 6 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM (Use our links to register, and to join online).  

A young person biking,

In partnership with the ORCA Opportunity program, our Safe Routes to School program staff will provide more information about the COVID-19 grant and other resources at the virtual open house on Tuesday, October 6 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM.  

The open house will provide COVID-19 related updates from SDOT, King County Metro, ORCA Opportunity, Sound Transit, Scooter Share & Transit Instruction. 

If you can, please register in advance online here.  

To join the event on October 6, please use this Microsoft Teams link.

To join by phone: call 1 206-686-8357 and enter the Conference ID: 224 839 826#. 

For questions related to the open house or to request specific accessibility accommodations, please email