Issue: 33          

August 2017



South Jersey SRTS Program

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Communities can earn Sustainable Jersey certification points by participating in SRTS!

Communities that participate in the Sustainable Jersey certification program will be pleased to learn that developing a Safe Routes to School program is an eligible 10 point action item!

For more information about obtaining Sustainable Jersey points for creating an SRTS program, contact Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228 or visit


Welcome to Cross County Connection's South Jersey Safe Routes to School Newsletter! These newsletters contain in-depth articles, news items, and examples of Safe Routes to School work in South Jersey. We hope you enjoy!

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program that encourages children to be more physically active and creates safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from their schools. The program also encourages changes in travel behavior, supports increased traffic law enforcement around schools and educates communities about the benefits of active transportation.

If your school district or community is interested in learning more about SRTS, contact Cross County Connection TMA at (856)596-8228.



FREE Pedestrian Safety Program! 

Cross County Connection would like to invite your school or school district to contact our office to participate in our FREE 3rd and 4th grade Pedestrian Safety Program. Cross County Connection's NJDOT-trained staff will come to your school and provide students with the opportunity to understand how to use pedestrian and bicycle facilities safely, recognize traffic patterns, and learn about the benefits of safe bicycling and walking without leaving the confines of a classroom setting. The program takes approximately 45 minutes to administer and is very interactive. 

Johnstone Elementary School, Vineland NJ


Since 2012, the Pedestrian Safety Program has been administered to thousands of students in the southern seven counties of New Jersey. All children can benefit from walking and biking, so why not allow Cross County Connection to help educate them on doing so safely? Participating students receive bicycle and pedestrian giveaways and are eligible to participate in a Poster Safety Contest, where winners receive bicycle helmets. 


For more information, contact Michele Geiger, Marketing Outreach Specialist, at (856) 596-8228 or



International Walk to School Day 2017!

With the new school year quickly approaching, now is the time to start planning for for Walk to School Day on October 4th! International Walk to School Day is a global event in which students, families, schools and communities from more than 40 countries walk and bike to school on or around the same day.


Over time, this event has become part of a movement that recognizes the need for implementing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs.

Participating in this event will encourage healthier habits among students and parents, strengthen community awareness, and help reduce traffic congestion around your school. It is also a perfect opportunity to kick off a Safe Routes to School Program for the new school year! Cross County Connection TMA can help facilitate the planning and implementation of your Walk to School Day Event, as well as a Safe Routes to School Program. Already have a Walk to School Day planned? Click here to register your event!


For additional information about Walk to School Day or to learn more about Safe Routes to School, contact Cross County Connection TMA at (856) 596-8228 or visit



Current Funding Opportunity 

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Underwriter, is contributing $180,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program cycle.This small grants program cycle will award: 

  • Ten (10) $10,000 project grants to school districts and schools
  • Forty (40) $2,000 grants to support school green teams

The $10,000 grants must be used to fund all or part of a project that will earn points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. $2,000 grants can be used for school green team expenses. Funding does not have to be for project specific activities. Grant funding may be used for a project that will earn points for an action in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Eligible expenses include salary, stipends, supplies, materials, consultants, contractor service fees, equipment, program and educational materials. 

The online application deadline is Tuesday, October 31, 2017. 


For additional information about this funding opportunity, please visit



NJ Healthy Communities Network Call for Proposals for 2018 Community Grants Program

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The New Jersey Healthy Communities Network is seeking Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2018 Community Grants Program.  

  • This initiative will fund up to 60 organizations.
  • Grants of up to $20,000 for twenty-four months will be awarded.  Note: Year 2 funding is contingent upon compliance in Year 1 and availability of funding.
  • The aim of the initiative is to prevent chronic disease and improve health by advancing environment, policy, and system change; and enhancing the built environment to support healthy eating and active living.  Supported projects are creating a culture of health by increasing food access and opportunities for physical activity in communities, schools, places of worship, early care and education, neighborhoods, and municipalities.
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) is mandatory and due no later than September 13, 2017 by 5 pm ET.  Applications from organizations that have not submitted an LOI by September 13, 2017 at 5 pm ET will not be considered.


Please submit LOI via email to: with subject line: 2018 NJHCN LOI.  

The LOI must be submitted as a PDF with filename: 2018 LOI <ApplicantName> (example: 2018 LOI Trenton Health Department)

The LOI should be addressed to: New Jersey Healthy Communities Network, 2018 Call For Proposals, Attn: Selection Committee

The LOI should include the following: 

  1. Name of Applicant Organization
  2. Primary Contact Name
  3. Primary Email
  4. Primary Phone Number
  5. Organization Overview (mission, vision and history)
  6. Project Title (name of project)
  7. Project Location (where you will do the work - include municipalitie(s) and county)
  8. Tell us why the project is needed in the intended location.  Note: Grantees will be required to choose from a list of strategies, available when the online application launches.
  9. Statement of Intent to submit an online application by October 20, 2017.

Online application opens Monday, September 18, 2017.  Those who submit an LOI by September 18, 2017 will receive a link to the online application form to submit final applications.

Online application closes Friday, October 20, 2017.





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