The 2020-2023 grant application period is now closed.

The Spare the Air Youth High School Grant program seeks to expand high school Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programming in the San Francisco Bay Area. Grant recipients receive funding to create or expand high school programming that has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from sources related to transportation. The vision of this program is to deepen SRTS and other shared transportation encouragement and education efforts in high schools across the region. Ideally, the funded programs will serve as a template to scale high school programming to other high schools across the region.

Spare the Air Youth (STAY) is a program of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District).

Project Description

The STAY High School Grant program launched in 2018 and awarded grants to Bay Area organizations on an annual basis for two years. In 2020, the High School Grant program expanded to support both existing and new projects within high schools in each of the nine counties in the Bay Area with grants with a duration of up to three years. 

The High School Grant program is managed by Alta Planning + Design, with support from a Regional Task Force of primarily county-level staff that work on SRTS programs within their agency or department. and is funded with federal CMAQ funds.

View past projects that have been funded by this program and see what activities could qualify under project eligibility

Congratulations to our 2020 Spare the Air Youth Grantees!

Region County Served Grantee
Central Contra Costa Bike Concord / Bike East Bay
Alameda Cycles of Change
San Francisco San Francisco Transit Riders
North Sonoma Daily Acts
Marin Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)
Napa Napa County Bicycle Coalition (NCBC)
Solano Safe Moves
South San Mateo Peninsula Family YMCA
Santa Clara San Jose California Walks


Resources for Grantees

Insurance and Contracting Requirements (pdf)

Project Eligibility and Past Funded Projects (pdf)

HS Grant Task Force Membership (pdf)

Request for Letter of Interest Instructions (pdf)


Spare the Air Youth is a Climate Initiatives Program


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