SR2S Micro-Grant Pilot Program
Based on the needs and feedback from cities and schools for small-scale project support, the Solano SR2S Program has received approval from the STA Board to pilot a SR2S Micro-Grant Program to begin in fiscal year 2019-2020. The funds awarded through this program will support small-scale projects or capital purchases that encourage bike and pedestrian usage and improve bike and pedestrian safety around Solano County schools. The SR2S Micro-Grant Pilot Program will be funded through Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds, air district grants and High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) fines.
This grant opportunity is open to all Solano County cities, schools, school districts, community organizations and youth groups. Projects could include (but are not limited to): purchasing and installing bike racks and safety-related signage; providing safety equipment (bike helmets, vests, reflectors); creating green bike lanes or making other infrastructure improvements at/around schools.
Completed Micro Grant Projects:
Riverview Middle School (Rio Vista) gets a fenced bike corral to keep students’ bikes and scooters safe during the school day. (click on photo to view larger)
Dixon Montessori Charter School (Dixon) received their micro grant safety equipment and incentive items for a new drop-off and pick-up plan and their weekly Walk or Wheel (WOW) Wednesday program.
Kairos Public Schools (Vacaville) received safety equipment for their existing drop-off an pick-up program including high visibility signage for crosswalks around the school. The school will be using incentives received for a new walking program and pedometers for use in PE classes.
Vaca Pena Middle School in Vacaville completed the installation of scooter and skateboard racks. They are located just outside the school office and will also have air pumps for students that bike to school.
Other schools receiving safety equipment and incentive items in preparation for when students return to campus: Dan Mini Elementary (Vallejo), Sierra Vista K-8 (Vacaville), and Everest Academy (Vallejo).
Micro Grant Project Awards 2020-21
Micro-Grant Project Awards (2019-2020)
The Safe Routes to School Program received 16 grant applications totaling $211,466 in funding requests, exceeding the amount of available funds. Due to the strong interest to fund smaller scale projects, staff is planning to recommend continuing the program next fiscal year. Below is the list of projects awarded funding:
- City of Vacaville: radar feedback signs
- City of Vallejo: radar feedback signs
- Browns Valley Elementary (Vacaville): bike and scooter racks
- Dan Mini Elementary (Vallejo): safety signage and equipment, walk/bike incentives
- Dixon Montessori Charter School (Dixon): safety signage and equipment, bike rack and walk/bike incentives
- Everest Academy (Vallejo): safety equipment, walk/bike incentives
- Joe Henderson Elementary (Benicia): high visibility crosswalk improvements
- Kairos Public Schools (Vacaville): safety signage and equipment, walk/bike incentives
- Knight Middle School (Dixon): bike racks
- Mary Farmar Elementary (Benicia): safety signage and equipment
- Riverview Middle School (Rio Vista): bike corral fencing and scooter storage
- Sierra Vista K-8 (Vacaville): incentives promoting physical activity events
- Solano-Widenmann K-8 (Vallejo): walk/bike incentives
- Vaca Pena Middle School (Vacaville): scooter racks