Now accepting Letters of Interest for grant funding! Submit your letter by June 15, 2020.


The Spare the Air Youth program seeks qualified program providers to expand high school Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programming in the San Francisco Bay Area. Interested parties are invited to submit a letter of interest (LOI) for grant 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 

This program will support both existing and new projects within high schools. View past projects that have been funded by this program and view what activities could qualify under project eligibility. We anticipate that grant funding allocations will range between $30,000-50,000 per project with a two- to three-year duration. A well-defined program is not required for this round of request for letters of interest (RFLOI). The purpose of this RFLOI is to identify firms/organizations to support our vision.

The high school grant program is managed by Alta Planning + Design, with support from The Climate Center, and is funded with federal CMAQ funds. While most organizations and non-profits are eligible to apply, please review the insurance and contracting requirements to ensure eligibility. If you are unsure of your organization’s eligibility, please contact Beth Martin at [email protected] to discuss. Organizations are strongly encouraged to contact program staff with eligibility questions.

Schedule and Key Dates

After the submission due date, the project team and Spare the Air Youth Task Force members will review and score LOIs based on the program’s selection criteria. MTC will select program providers to work with for the next grant cycle (FY2020-22, with the potential to extend through FY2022-23). Recipients will be notified in early July and will subcontract under Alta Planning.

Starting in August, selected organizations will be invited to propose a project plan and collaborate with the project team and Task Force members to finalize a project scope that aligns with county and regional priorities. Selected organizations will be expected to provide high school student projects spanning across the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, with an option to extend into the 202-/23 school year.

  • May 18th – June 15th: Request for Letter of Interest for the High School Grant Program
  • May 27th (2-3pm): STAY High School Grant Program Q&A Webinar
  • July 2020: Grant recipients notified; Alta Planning + Design contracts with organizations.
  • August/September 2020: Grant recipients work with Task Force members and project team to develop project plan.


Request for Letter of Interest (pdf)

Selection Criteria (pdf)

Insurance and Contracting Requirements (pdf)

Project Eligibility and Past Funded Projects (pdf)

HS Grant Task Force Membership (pdf)


Spare the Air Youth is a Climate Initiatives Program


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