Grant Funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) offers funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). which is federally funded and administered by 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).
Transportation Alternative Program (TAP):
TAP Grants are community-based, non-traditional transportation projects (land and water) which expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life and protect the environment. For additional information on TAP grants, go to NJDOT’s website and FHWA Federal-aid Essentials for Local Public Agencies.
TAP eligible projects must fall into one of the following 7 categories:
- Design and construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of vehicles.
- Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized transportation users.
- 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 sure to highway runoff.
- Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
Resources for TAP Grants
- TAP Grant Workshop Presentation 9-2016 (PDF) — If you attended or weren’t able to attend any of our grant workshops in September 2016, you can view or download the presentation.
- Listing of 2014 TAP grant recipients
- The TAP Handbook 2016 from the NJDOT contains information about eligibility, program requirements and how to complete the application.
- TAP Application Screen Shots can assist with applying.
- TAP FAQs 2016 from NJDOT
- TAP Grant Strategies and Tips gives quick bits of information to help make a grant application stronger.
- Resolutions of Support from the municipality are required for TAP applications. Here is a Sample Resolution of Support for Municipality (Word).
- Letters of Support for grant applications must be addressed to the grant applicant (e.g. municipality, school) NOT to the NJ Department of Transportation. Here is a Template Letter of Support for TAP Grant Application (Word)
- NJDOT federal grant process training classes offered
- Contact your Safe Routes Regional Coordinator with any questions about the grant applications.
- Create a map of the location of your TAP or Safe Routes to School project using Google Maps! Check out the simple tutorial below:
TAP Grant Workshops
If you weren’t able attend any of the workshops, you can watch our webinar on TAP Grant Strategies and Review of the Application or click below.
You can also download or view the TAP Grant Workshop Presentation-9-2016 (PDF).
All applicants will be required to submit TAP applications online using SAGE (System for Administering Grants. If you belong to a county or municipality you already have an Authorized Official registered with access to SAGE.
If you belong to any other type of organization, you may request access as an Authorized Official directly through NJDOT SAGE.
TAP Application Screen Shots (PDF) from SAGE are available to assist with applying.