Funding for Safe Routes to School
Louisiana has funded 65 local Safe Routes to School projects totaling more than 11 million. The maximum funding for any local project cannot exceed $250,000 for infrastructure and $50,000 for noninfrastructure activities for a total maximum of $300,000 per project. The maximum funding for a regional non-infrastructure project is $150,000. The maximum funding for statewide projects is $200,000. Lousiana doe not have a state advisory committee.
There are two pots of federal dollars currently available for Safe Routes to School programs and projects. The first pot is from the old transportation law (SAFETEA-LU), and does not require matching funds. This pot is still available in many states, find out about Lousiana here. The second pot of money is from the Transportation Alternatives Program, in the current transportation bill (MAP-21), and it requires local matching funds. Find out how the Louisiana Department of Transportation is handling this transition here.
Find out more information on federal funding by exploring our MAP-21 Resource Center, reviewing the most current State of the States funding report and reading the most recent national news on Safe Routes to School.
Visit the Louisiana Safe Routes to School program website for more information.
State Outreach Programs
Louisiana is in the process of developing statewide education, encouragement and outreach programs.
The Louisiana Safe Routes to School State Network is building relationships with key partners across the state and offering technical assistance to help ensure that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) sees high demand for the current funding cycle. The network is also working with National Partnership staff and the LADOTD Safe Routes Coordinator to identify and disseminate national best practices for utilizing non-infrastructure funds, in hopes to catalyze stronger and more effective non-infrastructure proposals from organizations across Louisiana.
Find out which organizations in your state have pledged their support for the Safe Routes to School movement. If your organization isn't yet a partner affilate, we would love for you to join us; it's free! Find more info on joining here.
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If you would like to submit a success story for consideration, please email it to Margaux Mennesson.