MnDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is designed to help local communities and regional agencies obtain money for non-motorized forms of transportation. Here’s what you need to know about the program.
Local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, tribal governments, school districts, schools, and natural resource/public land agencies.
WHAT IT’S FOR:
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides grants to local communities and regional agencies for construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for non-motorized forms of transportation. These include, but are not limited to:
- Bicycle infrastructure
- Pedestrian and bicycle signals
- Projects needed to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- Safe routes for non-drivers to access daily needs, such as crosswalks
- Conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for non-motorized users
- Construction of turnouts/overlooks/viewing areas
- Environmental mitigation activities, including pollution prevention
TYPE OF FUNDING:
Grant with a required minimum local match of 20%. Maximum award amounts vary by region.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE:
Applicants need to submit a Letter of Intent by October of each year that outlines key components of their project. After review by a program representative, eligible applicants will be contacted to discuss the steps needed to submit a full application. Full applications are typically submitted in December and grant recipients are announced the following spring.
Widseth Smith Nolting recently helped the City of Blackduck receive funding through TAP for a trail project.
If you have a project that needs funding, contact one of Widseth Smith Nolting’s funding specialists today.