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Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

Grants to Arkansas Agencies and School Districts
to Benefit Communities and Promote Safety

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Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

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07/01/20 4:00 PM CDT


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Grants to Arkansas government agencies, transit agencies, schools and school districts, and tribal governments to support alternative transportation projects and infrastructure improvements that enhance communities and protect the environment. Funding may be used for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.

TAP funds may be used for the following: 

  • Construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation
  • Construction of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs
  • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users
  • Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas
  • Community improvement activities including: inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising; historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities; vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control; and archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of an eligible transportation project
  • Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to: address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff; and reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats
  • Construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways
  • Safe Routes to School eligible activities

Federal funds provided can only be used for project construction. Costs associated with preliminary engineering, environmental documentation, right-of-way and utility adjustments, and construction inspection will be the responsibility of the eligible sponsor.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169702

Estimated Size of Grant:

There will be no minimum requested funding amount on projects containing only non-infrastructure components. Projects containing infrastructure components will have a minimum requested funding amount of $20,000. All TAP projects will have a maximum requested funding amount of $500,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications for TAP funds will be accepted from the following:
- Local governments, including city and county governments
- Regional transportation authorities
- Transit agencies
- Natural resource or public land agencies
- School districts, local education agencies, or schools
- Tribal governments
- Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails (other than a metropolitan planning organization or a State agency) that the State determines to be eligible, consistent with the goals of subsection (c) of section 213 of title 23

Under TAP, nonprofits are not eligible as direct grant recipients of TAP funds.  Nonprofits may partner with any eligible entity on an eligible TAP project. Any eligible sponsor that is within the state will be allowed to apply for funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

TAP/RTP Webinar on April 16, 2020 at 10:00 am

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is July 1, 2020, at 4:00 PM CDT.

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a reimbursement-type grant program. The program provides for an 80 percent federal share and a 20 percent match will be required from the eligible sponsor. Use of in-kind match will not be permitted for TAP projects. The 20 percent match must be in cash.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Daniel Siskowski, Program Management Division
(501) 569-2261

Kimberly Sanders
Bicycle/Pedestrian/SRTS Coordinator
(501) 569-2020

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