A day after receiving two $100,000 grants, the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments announced Wednesday its application for the Safe Routes to School has been selected.
The group, which worked with Tiffin City Schools, Calvert Catholic Schools and the city of Tiffin to put together the application, was one of 10 entities in Ohio to be selected for the program, NCORcog Director John Davoli said.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is to fund a study in addition to a grant worth up to $500,000 to make improvements to infrastructure that would improve safety for students traveling to school, Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said.
Montz said the grant money can be used toward sidewalks, bike paths, lighting, roads, educational programs and anything that would improve children's routes to school.
"We're definitely excited about this," he said, "$500,000 goes a long way."
Davoli said the application was successful because of cooperation between Tiffin City Schools, Calvert Catholic Schools and the city government.
He said Fremont also had its application approved for the Safe Routes to School program.