2018 Information & Application for Safe Routes to Parks Action Program
Children and adults in the United States are not getting enough physical activity, and our health and wellbeing is suffering as a result. But communities are working on many strategies to help – making it easier and safer to walk and bicycle, expanding access to parks, and more. One important place for collaboration and advocacy is around making sure that people can safely walk and bicycle to parks – an approach known as safe routes to parks. Oftentimes, those communities that are most at need, with the highest levels of traffic injuries and deaths and the highest health disparities, have the lowest levels of safe access to local parks.

With generous funding from the JPB Foundation, the Safe Routes to Parks Action Program is currently accepting applications for awards for ten grantee communities in 2018. An additional ten awards will be made in 2019. As part of the awards, funding and technical assistance will be provided to support the development of action plans and implementation steps to improve safe and equitable park access.

The Safe Routes to Parks Action Program will follow the Safe Routes to Parks Framework developed in 2017 through the collaborative efforts of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National Recreation and Parks Association. The framework provides a structured process by which communities can increase safe and equitable access to their parks and green spaces. The framework includes four main areas of activity: 1) Assessment, 2) Planning, 3) Implementation, and 4) Sustainability with each area heavily infused with proactive community engagement.

Grantee communities will receive grants of $12,500 each, and will receive training, coaching and technical assistance. Technical assistance will include resources, webinars, site visits, peer support, and feedback on plans and projects over the grant period.

Eligible agencies and organizations include local parks or public health departments, other local or tribal governmental entities, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. While grantees are permitted to focus implementation actions at a single park, Safe Routes to Parks planning must occur at a system or partial system level. Funding must be used to advance implementation of the Safe Routes to Parks planning, and shall not be used [solely] for salaries or contracted support. Applications are due before midnight ET on February 23st, 2018. We anticipate announcing awards in early March. The time period of grant activities will be from March to September 2018.

If you'd like to see a full version of the application to prepare your short answer questions, please click here: https://www.saferoutespartnership.org/sites/default/files/srtp_application_final_2018_02_06.pdf. Please note only submissions through this GoogleForm are accepted.

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact parks@saferoutespartnership.org.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a national nonprofit founded in 2005 that works to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, to improve the health and wellbeing of kids of all races, income levels and abilities, and to foster the creation of healthy communities for everyone.

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