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MnDOT to offer $13 million in alternatives grants

Local communities and regional agencies are invited to take advantage of a new $13 million competitive grant program intended to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

The new Transportation Alternatives Program provides funding for a variety of projects, including many that were previously financed under separate programs, such as Transportation Enhancements, Scenic Byways and Safe Routes to School.

The grant solicitation process currently is open only to Greater Minnesota applicants. The TAP solicitation for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area will open in late 2013.

West Central Initiative and MnDOT District 4 will host a TAP workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. in West Central Initiative, 1000 Western Ave., Fergus Falls, Minn. Anyone who anticipates applying for TAP or SRTS funding is strongly encouraged to attend the workshop.

Deadlines for the Greater Minnesota applicants are:

  • Nov. 15 — Letter of intent deadline
  • Feb. 1 — Full grant application deadline
  • April 15 — Grant recipients announced

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