Transportation Alternatives

Nancy Surprenant, Transportation Alternatives Program Coordinator, 605.773.4912

Transportation Alternatives Program Funding Available

Call for Letters of Intent -- Due July 15, 2015

Letters of Intent forms are now available for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The TAP is a grant program that uses federal transportation funds, designated by Congress, for specific activities that enhance the intermodal transportation system and provide safe alternative transportation options.

The TAP was authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), signed into law on July 6, 2012. The TAP redefines the former Transportation Enhancement activities and consolidates these eligibilities with the Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and Recreation Trails Programs. There will no longer be separate applications for Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements or Scenic Byways. These project types should be submitted under this TAP call for Letters of Intent. The TAP builds upon the legacy of the former Transportation Enhancement, Safe Routes to School and Scenic Byways programs by expanding travel choices, strengthening the local economy, improving the quality of life, and protecting the environment.

Approximately $2.1 million is available through this competitive grant process administered by the South Department of Transportation (SDDOT) Office of Project Development. Each grant will be for a maximum of $400,000, although the SDDOT may approve a larger amount for phased projects. The minimum grant amount for infrastructure projects is $50,000. There is no set minimum grant amount for non-infrastructure projects. There is an 18.05% minimum local match requirement for each project.

A full description of the TAP is available in the Transportation Alternatives Program Summary and Application Guide.

The submittal of the Letter of Intent form, downloadable below, is a mandatory requirement in order to be eligible to submit a full application for funding. The Letter of Intent form submittal deadline is July 15, 2015. This will be the only call for Letters of Intent for the 2016 Fiscal Year.

Letter of Intent

Requests for additional information, site visits and/or meetings on potential projects should be directed to Nancy Surprenant by phone at 605-773-4912 or by email at nancy.surprenant@state.sd.us.

Following the receipt of the Letters of Intent, on-site meetings with project sponsors will be scheduled prior to the September 15, 2015, deadline for full applications.

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