Minnesota DOT makes $7.5 million in grants available for community transportation projects

Updated Oct 5, 2016

Minnesota Welcome SignThe Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is inviting schools and communities to apply for roughly $7.5 million in grants for local projects aimed at enhancing transportation goals.

Twenty-one local communities received more than $7.6 million in grants last year.

The funding, provided through the Transportation Alternatives program, 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.”

MnDOT says the Metropolitan Council solicits applications biennially for the program in the seven-county Twin Cities Metro Area.

Applicants must sned a letter of intent with details of the major parts of each project by October 31. MnDOT says a regional representative will contact applicants to go over the project proposal, eligibility and steps needed to deliver the project. The full application is then due January 13, 2017. Recipients of the grants will be announced April 17.

More details on the program are available at www.mndot.gov/ta.