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Maryland Bikeways Program

Grants to Maryland Agencies and Nonprofits
to Improve Bicycle Access and Routes

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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, government agencies, transit agencies, and planning organizations to improve bicycle routes and accessibility. Funding is intended for a wide range of bicycle network and connectivity development activities. Funds may be requested for design, minor retrofits, and installation or construction of bikeways infrastructure.

The grant program supports projects that maximize bicycle access and fill missing links in the state’s bicycle system, focusing on connecting bicycle-friendly trails and roads and enhancing last-mile connections to work, school, shopping and transit. The Bikeways Program seeks to leverage past investments in bicycle facilities, complement existing State, local, and federal programs, and support Maryland’s bikesharing efforts. It supports the Cycle Maryland initiative to promote biking as a fun, healthy transportation alternative that is great for our environment.

To be eligible for funding through the Bikeways program, a project must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Access to Transit: Project is located within 3 miles of a rail transit station (or major bus transit hub);
  • Missing Links: Project provides or enhances bicycle access along missing trail links, as identified in MDOT’s statewide trail network vision document, “Maryland Trails: A Greener Way to Go,”;
  • County Priority: Project is identified as a transportation priority in a County’s most recent annual priority letter submitted to MDOT;
  • Sustainable Community: Project enhances bicycle circulation within, or access to a Maryland Sustainable Community Area;
  • Main Streets: Project enhances bicycle circulation within, or access to a designated Maryland Main Street;
  • Access to Low Income Area: Project enhances bicycle circulation within, or access to a Census Tract within which 50% or more of householders have incomes below 60% of area median income;
  • Access to Points of Interest: Project enhances bicyclist access to a major institution (e.g. university) or important tourist or heritage attraction or central business district (as evidenced by land uses)

The Bikeways Program awards grant funding to three general project types: Design, Minor Retrofit, and Constructions. For additional information about project types, see:

For a list of Applicable Design Standards and Guidelines please see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143486

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minor Retrofit: Maximum grant request is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Design projects and Minor Retrofit projects are expected to be completed within 2 years. Construction projects are expected to be completed within 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Maryland local governments, alone or in partnership with other jurisdictions or private organizations
-Maryland State Agencies
-Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
-Transit entities operating in Maryland
-Nonprofit organizations
-Federal public lands agencies

Ineligible Activities:
-Recreational route wayfinding
-Print or online maps
-Mountain bike trails or loop trails
-Education programs, brochures and events, except that up to 10% or $10,000 of an award may be used for educational and promotional materials directly related to an infrastructure project
-Operations and maintenance of a bikeways project
-Right-of-way or easement acquisition (although expenditures may count towards matching funds in certain circumstances)

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Maryland Department of Transportation Grants Webinar will be held on February 25th, 2020 at 2 PM.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) grants available for FY2021 including Transportation Alternatives, Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails, Bikeways, Highway Safety and Statewide Transit Innovation. Learn how your agency can benefit from these grants and how to produce a successful application.

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Pre-Application Information:

For the FY2021 grant cycle, letters of intent will be accepted from December 2, 2019 to April 2, 2020. Applications will be accepted April 6, 2020, through May 22, 2020.

Grant Timeline:
- December - April: Letters of Intent accepted; MDOT Outreach to interested applicants
- April 6: Online Application Open
- May 22: Deadline to Apply - Online Application Portal Closes
- May-September: MDOT Application Screening – Applicants may be contacted for clarifications
- By October: Awards Announced
- November-Ongoing: Execute Grant Agreements & begin Projects

The Maryland Bikeways Program is a State-funded reimbursable grant program.

Grantees are required to provide a minimum 20% of Total Project Cost as a match. The matching fund contribution can be in the form of cash, an in-kind contribution, or a 3rd party contribution.

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

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MDOT TSO Office of Planning and Capital Programming

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