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Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) Program Grant

Grants to New Jersey and Pennsylvania Agencies in Eligible
Regions to Improve the Quality of Life for Local Residents

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Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

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02/21/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Pennsylvania and New Jersey municipal and county governments, and transit agencies in eligible regions for projects and activities that protect the environment, build capacity, and improve the quality of life for local residents. Applicants must attend an informational meeting prior to applying. Funding is intended to promote walking and the use of bicycles and transit in the Greater Philadelphia region.

The Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) provides grants to undertake early
stage planning, analysis or design initiatives that implement the region’s long-range plan,
Connections 2045, and enhance or improve the efficiency of the regional transportation system. This
initiative focuses on linking land use and transportation planning by:

  • Supporting local plans in areas designated for growth or redevelopment;
  • Improving the region’s quality of life to retain and attract businesses and residents;
  • Enhancing the efficiency of the transportation system between all modes for people and
  • Reducing congestion by promoting and encouraging the use of transit, bike, and pedestrian
    transportation modes and other travel demand management strategies;
  • Improving the resiliency of the transportation system and mitigating stormwater impacts; and
  • Protecting our environment through growth management, land preservation, and smart

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GrantWatch ID#: 142703

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,800,000 may be available for TCDI grants: $1,200,000 in Pennsylvania and $600,000 in New Jersey. There is a soft maximum cap* grant of $100,000 for single municipal planning projects and $175,000 for multi-municipal projects. Note: There is a soft minimum floor grant of $50,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The program is available to all municipal and county governments, as well as transit agencies within the Greater Philadelphia region. County governments may apply as the administrative agent on behalf of one or several communities for individual projects, and for county-wide projects. Previous TCDI projects have successfully created new multi-municipal initiatives and such approaches are expressly encouraged, including city-suburban collaborations

Ineligible Activities:
Capital projects, acquisitions of Right of Way (ROW) or buildings, infrastructure or site preparation, preliminary and final engineering, and bid/construction documentation are not eligible through TCDI; however, TCDI-funded plans or studies may lead to an engineering or capital project on the regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). DVRPC retains the right to declare a class of projects not
eligible as a matter of policy, if it is determined that such use of funds would not be consistent with the Connections 2045 Plan.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A mandatory pre-application meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, from 4-6 pm at DVRPC, Main Conference Center, 8th Floor of ACP Building, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

All guests must check in with the security desk upon arrival before proceeding to the 8th floor. A local government official (staff, elected, or appointed) must represent the municipality or county. Consultants to the local governments are not considered representatives for this meeting.

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Pre-Application Information:

DVRPC will be accepting applications for the TCDI program from January 15-February 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

There is a require grant match of 20% of total project cost; at least 5% of the total project cost must be inkind services to cover administrative requirements.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online (from January 15):

All questions regarding the application and guidelines must be addressed via email to Karen Cilurso at

190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1520

Grant Coverage Areas:

Greater Philadelphia Region

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey;   Pennsylvania

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