$20 million in Grant Funding for Safe Routes and Transportation Alternatives is available!
Application Deadline is
June 30, 2014
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Transportation Alternatives (TAP) Programs. These federally funded programs are being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).
How to apply for the Grants:
- Click here for the Power Point presentation that includes both the SRTS and TAP applications.
- View the SRTS Grant webinar for information on eligibility and how to apply for a Safe Routes to School grant.
- View the TAP Grant webinar for information on eligibility and how to apply for a Transportation Alternatives Program grant.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grants may be used for infrastructure (construction) projects which encourage and enable students from grades K-8 to safely walk and bike to school within 2 miles of the school. Municipalities, counties, schools and school districts are welcome to apply! Examples of eligible SRTS projects include installation of ADA compliant sidewalks, bike paths, striping, lighting, signals, traffic calming improvements, etc.
A SRTS Handbook (PDF) from the NJDOT contains information about eligibility, program requirements and how to complete the application.
SRTS Grant Strategies and Tip Sheet (PDF) gives quick bits of information to help make a grant application stronger.
A Student Travel Mode Tally can assist with measuring how many students walk and bike to school.
Read the letter for Safe Routes to School Grants from NJDOT’s Commissioner Simpson here.
To apply for SRTS Grants online, please visit the NJDOT’s website here. Here are screen shots of the Safe Routes to School Application (PDF) which can help with applying online.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grants provide federal funds for community based “non-traditional” projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the intermodal system. The TAP program was established under MAP-21, and includes most activities historically funded as “Transportation Enhancements” under SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users).
For the TAP program, eligible projects must fall into one the following 7 categories:
- Provisions of facilities for bicycles and pedestrians.
- Scenic or historic highway programs, including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities as well as scenic turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
- Landscaping and other scenic beautification.
- Historic preservation.
- Rehabilitation of historic transportation buildings, structures and facilities (including historic railroad facilities and canals).
- Preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use thereof for pedestrian and bicycle trails).
- Environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or reduce vehicle- caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity.
Read the letter for TAP Grants from NJDOT’s Commissioner Simpson here.
A Transportation Alternatives Handbook (PDF) from NJDOT contains information about eligibility, program requirements and how to complete the application.
A TAP Grant Strategies and Tips Sheet(PDF) offers helpful hints on how to make your grant application stronger.
To apply for TAP Grants online, please visit the NJDOT’s website here. Here are screen shots of the Transportation Alternatives Program Application (PDF) which can help with applying online.
Resources for both SRTS and TAP Grants:
- Estimating SRTS Improvement Costs and Engineering and Design Solutions can assist with budgeting and design solutions.
- This Sample-Resolution for SRTS/TAP funding (Word doc) can be adapted for your town based on your project.
- Here are some examples of school wellness policies:
- Brigantine Wellness Policy (PDF)
- Camden BOE Wellness Policy (PDF)
- Camden BOE Wellness Regulation (PDF)
- Contact your Safe Routes Regional Coordinator with any questions about the grant applications.
There are also a number of other sources of funds available for walk and bike projects — both federal and state funded programs. View the Summary of Grant Sources (PDF) for more information.