Grants to Minnesota government agencies, Tribes, school districts, and schools for capital projects that promote students walking or bicycling to school. Eligible expenses include roadway, trail, and sidewalk construction and accessibility improvements. Funds may also be requested to fulfill a local match requirement for projects that have already been selected for federal awards. Schools, townships, and non-state aid cities will need a state aid city or county sponsor for their infrastructure projects.
Two project types are available for applicants to select from:1. Construction of Non-Federally Funded ProjectThis option is available for communities that have a project identified in their SRTS plan or other planning document and only need funds to implement the improvements. This option may be used to fund up to 100% of eligible SRTS construction costs. Projects should be planned for construction in 2022 or 2023. SRTS funds may be used for one or more of the following improvements:Pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements: pedestrian curb ramps, intersections or midblock crossings, median refuges, raised crossings, raised intersections, speed humps and curb extensions.Off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities: exclusive multi-use bicycle and pedestrian trails, sidewalks, and pathways that are separated from a roadway.On-road facilities: bicycle lanes, bicycle boulevards, and cycle tracksTraffic control devices: signs, bicycle and pedestrian activated signals, flexible bollards, and pavement markings Note: Electronic devices must be permanent Рnot mobile.2. Local Match for Federally Funded ProjectFunds may be used for the local share on SRTS federally funded projects already programmed in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). To be considered for a local match, the project must already be awarded federal funding, have a federal MnDOT project number, and be listed in an approved STIP for construction in the 2022 or 2023 fiscal years.Federal Transportation Alternative STBG funding may also be eligible for use on these types of infrastructure projects. Applicants may want to consider which program best fits the needs of their project. The infrastructure applications for State SRTS funds may represent one school or multiple schools that are in close proximity to one another (schools on the same or adjacent campuses, neighborhood or block).For Application Criteria, see http://www.dot.state.mn.us/saferoutes/documents/program-guide.pdf#page=6.Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 174.40, home rule charter city, county, and town applicants are only eligible if the governing body has adopted subdivision regulations requiring new and proposed developments within its jurisdiction to have connected sidewalks and/or bicycle infrastructure. This requirement does not apply to school, school district, or tribal applicants. Note that in these new and proposed developments, SRTS funding is eligible for the construction of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Additionally, all infrastructure proposed in any SRTS application must have a usable life of at least ten years.grants for minorities

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