Funding for Safe Routes to School
UPDATE FEBRUARY 5th, 2014: The Pennsylvania Transportation Alternatives Program will be accepting applications for projects through April, 3rd, 2014. Learn more here.
Pennsylvania has funded more than 100 local Safe Routes to School projects totaling $21 million in infrastructure and noninfrastructure projects. PennDOT's Safe Routes to School program is school focused. Applicants for infrastructure funding and noninfrastructure grants must be a staff member of a school district or an individual school, additionally the application requires involvement of a local and regional government staff member.
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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania Safe Routes to School program website for more information.
State Outreach Programs
More info coming soon.
State Advisory Committee
Pennsylvania has a state advisory committee.
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.
More info coming soon.
If you would like to submit a success story for consideration, please email it to Margaux Mennesson.
State Board of Education Approves New Nutrition and Activity Regulations for Schools
The Pennsylvania State Board of Education voted overwhelmingly to advance the most comprehensive school nutrition and physical activity standards in the country. These standards will significantly improve the nutrition environments in our schools and ensure that all children get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every school day. Click the following links to view a copy of the new standards and press release.
Everette James | Secretary of Health
PA Department of Health
7th & Forster Streets | Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.787.6436 | Fax: 717.787.0191