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MnDOT announces availability of $9.7 million in grants for local community projects

ST. PAUL - Minnesota communities, schools and their partners are invited to apply for funding for local projects that enhance transportation goals, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said in a release.

ST. PAUL - Minnesota communities, schools and their partners are invited to apply for funding for local projects that enhance transportation goals, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said in a release.

A total of $9.7 million is available through two competitive grant programs: the Transportation Alternatives Program and the Safe Routes to School program.

The TAP funding is for Greater Minnesota communities, schools and regional agencies to fund pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Scenic Byways and Safe Routes to School programs. The SRTS funding is available statewide for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

Transportation Alternatives Program - $7.5 million

To apply for TAP, applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the key components of their project by Oct. 30. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project proposal, determine eligibility and outline the steps necessary for delivering a federally funded project. The full application is due Jan. 8.

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See the Transportation Alternatives Program website at www.mndot.gov/map-21/tap.html for details.

Safe Routes to Schools - $2.2 million

In addition to the TAP funding, approximately $2.2 million is also available for Safe Routes to School planning and infrastructure projects through separate statewide Safe Routes to School solicitations.

SRTS planning grants are available for schools and their partners to develop a SRTS plan, which will analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions. Applicants must submit an application to MnDOT by Jan. 8, 2016.

Infrastructure grants are available for schools, in partnership with cities or counties, to receive funding support for infrastructure identified through planning efforts that improve safety and access for children walking and bicycling to school. Applicants should submit a letter of intent to MnDOT by Oct. 30.

See the Safe Routes to School website at www.mndot.gov/saferoutes/grants.html for details.

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