Every municipality and county are eligible to submit an application. Nonprofit organizations will not be directly eligible to apply for this solicitation. However, nonprofit organizations may partner with a local public agency that will assume responsibility and administration for the grant.
Project eligibility criteria:
- Design and construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation (bike lanes, bike parking and bus racks, wide paved shoulders, bike and pedestrian bridges and underpasses, new and reconstructed off-road trails).
- Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized transportation users (designing and constructing multi-use trails along a railroad right-of-way, bike parking and bus racks, purchasing unused rail road property for reuse, developing rail-with-trail projects).
- Construction of scenic turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
- Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities both land and water such as building structures and canals.
- Community improvement activities, specifically: streetscaping and corridor landscaping.
- Environmental mitigation to address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff.
- Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
In addition, consideration will be given to applications that provide additional benefits to vulnerable members of our communities, including low-income residents, minorities, those with limited English proficiency, persons with disabilities, children and older adults.
Entities with adopted Complete Streets policies will earn extra points in selection criteria.
Training webinars will be available:
Grants Workshop presentation is available here
For more information about the application process and handbook click here.
And don’t forget to visit gmtma.org to see The Greater Mercer Trails Plan study, finalized in December 2019. The study was conducted to support the development of a network of multi-use (biking and walking) trails and paths in the Greater Mercer area, to serve a variety of transportation needs by linking communities and the amenities within those communities with a safe, low stress option to motorized travel. The plan and an interactive map are available at https://gmtma.org/greater-mercer-trails-plan/