SRTS High School Grant

Youth Grant

The grant application period for the 2018-19 school year is now closed.

Be a climate change leader! Encourage your peers to try active, healthy modes of transportation! Advance your leadership skills and gain life skills to advance your college and career goals.

Spare the Air Youth is seeking applications for high school student-led activities that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from sources related to transportation. Spare the Air Youth (STAY) is a program of the Metropolitan Transportation Commision (MTC) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District). The grant program is being managed by Alta Planning + Design and the Center for Climate Protection.

The Grant Program will select School Teams from high schools across the nine-county Bay Area to support activities that encourage student use of active and shared transportation options including walking, biking, carpooling, and taking transit. Selected School Teams will be recognized at the Youth for Environment and Sustainability Conference and receive a Special Recognition Award from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission Board and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board.

Selected teams will be paired with a technical assistance vendor, which will receive funding to coordinate education and outreach activities and purchase materials on behalf of the School Teams. Vendors interested in being matched with high school teams to provide technical assistance should submit the Statement of Interest form.

Grant application materials can be downloaded under the "Application Components" in the left sidebar.

Student Applicant Support Webinar

An application support webinar was held on May 30th at 4pm. Watch a recording of the webinar below.


The main goals of the High School SRTS Grant Program include:

  1. Increase peer-to-peer encouragement for active and shared transportation options for a diverse group of students
    • Enable students of color, students who identify as women, trans, and/or non-binary, and students from lower income backgrounds to participate in the program.
    • Provide geographically-distributed participation around the San Francisco Bay Area.
  2. Increase opportunities for students to learn leadership skills through a service learning approach
    • Support local student groups in implementing education/outreach programs to reduce drive-alone trips and educate their peers about the benefits of active transportation.
    • Teach students how to collect and calculate data from C02 reductions and impacts.
  3. Increase youth leadership development throughout the region
    • Increase high school student involvement in environmental/sustainability-related clubs.
    • Provide opportunities for student-led initiatives and campaigns.
    • Partner with the Youth for Environment and Sustainability Conference to engage more students and provide a platform for participants to communicate the meaningful impact of their work.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants include students, teachers, and/or staff who wish to receive support for a high school group to lead events and activities that aim to reduce the use of single occupancy vehicles and/or educate classmates about the benefits of walking, biking, carpooling, and transit use.

Any member of a school’s high school group can apply, but a successful application will include input from all members of the group (typically comprised of students and at least one teacher champion) and include a statement of support from school administration.

What activities can be funded?

Eligible projects will be school-based, education, encouragement, enforcement and/or evaluation projects. All projects must include grant administration, pre- and post-program data collection, and a minimum of two elective activities. Eligible programs will promote youth leadership while also working toward the larger goals of the Spare the Air Youth program (see goals above). Contact with questions about whether an activity not listed is eligible.

The below example projects provide a range of eligible elective activities. Click an activity type for a complete description and examples:

Selection criteria and timeline

Grant applications are due on June 18th and successful applicants will be awarded by email on July 2, 2018. A kick-off meeting that will lay out funding and reporting requirements will be held on a determined date in August 2018.


The evaluation committee will evaluate proposals against the evaluation criteria shown in the table below.

High Medium Low
Clarity and comprehensiveness of proposal Proposal is clear and comprehensive. Proposal is partially clear and comprehensive. Proposal is incomplete.
Potential reach Reaches multiple schools and/or the community at
Reaches a single school. Reaches a single classroom or grade.
Potential for mode shift Activities have a direct impact on mode shift. Activities focus on education. Activities do not have a high likelihood for
mode shift.
Ability to engage with underserved youth Applicant school is Title 1 (75% or more of
students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch programs).
Activities engage with communities of color or
minority populations (such as through AVID, alternative school, or similar
No plan for engaging with underserved
Ability to deliver a final product in a timely
and on-budget manner
Applicant has existing relationship with an
approved vendor.
Applicant has staff and administrator support. Applicant has no additional support.
No existing or previous funding No existing or previous funding. Project has received funding in the past. Project is currently funded.

The evaluation committee will review all proposals and contact applicants as needed for additional information, clarification, and/or modification. Based upon its review and the funding available, the evaluation committee will select projects for grant funding.

Vendor Matching

Selected School Teams will work with the Spare the Air Youth project team to pair with technical assistance vendors from the Approved Vendor List. Together, the grant recipients, vendors, and project team will refine the work plan, schedule, measures of effectiveness, and budget.

Funding Restrictions

The fund source for these competitive grants is federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funds. All projects funded by CMAQ must meet certain federal fund eligibility and project delivery requirements. Incentives are not eligible, but outreach and marketing materials are eligible. Grant recipients are required to provide regular and timely reporting of activities and results to the Spare the Air Youth project team.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the application, please email

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