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Grants to Tennessee Local Governments to Improve
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Public Transit Infrastructure

Multimodal Access Grant (MMAG)

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Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

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Grants to Tennessee towns, cities, and counties for infrastructure projects that better meet the needs of residents using alternate forms of transportation. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended to support the transportation needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users through infrastructure projects that address existing gaps along state routes.

2022 TDOT Delivery Option:

  • TDOT is working to assist communities, especially those in economically Distressed and At Risk Counties, with delivering their awarded projects. TDOT may offer a limited number of 2022 Multimodal Access Grant awardees the option for TDOT to deliver winning projects in their entirety. TDOT will decide which communities will be offered this option at the time awards are announced.

Scope of Work Requirements

All projects must:

  • Be new multimodal facilities or rehabilitation of existing multimodal facilities
    Projects only upgrading or rehabilitating existing infrastructure are less competitive than those building new connections.
  • Address a transportation need
  • Be located on a state route (small deviations for connectivity are permissible)
  • Contiguous, where all improvements are connected along a roadway
  • Include construction phase (may also include planning, design and right of way phases)
    While all listed phases of work are eligible, projects having already completed significant preliminary engineering or that are ready for construction are likely to be more competitive.
  • Meet ADA and PROWAG (Proposed Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way) standards

Eligible Improvement Types: 

Multimodal Access Grant funding is available to improve transportation access for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users along State Routes using the following improvement types:

  • Sidewalks
  • Pedestrian crossing improvements, including high-visibility crosswalks, curb ramps, signs and pavement markings, signalization, and median refuge islands
  • Bicycle facilities (including on-road bike lanes/cycle tracks)
  • Multi-use paths (pedestrian plus bicycle traffic) located within the transportation corridor. All such paths must be a minimum of 10-feet wide.
  • Transit stop amenities (shelters, benches, sidewalks, curb ramps, lighting)
  • Complete streets, road diet, or traffic calming measures
  • Bicycle, pedestrian and transit-related improvements that address requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Pedestrian-scale lighting (will not rank highly as a standalone project, but is eligible as a project component)
  • Other improvements which improve access for multimodal users

Note that utility relocation is only eligible as a reimbursable cost if the utility is located on private property, or if the need to move the utility is identified in an urban revitalization plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148911

Estimated Size of Grant:

The state match amount will not exceed $950,000.

Term of Contract:

The 2022 Multimodal Access Grant competition and award cycle will take place during the calendar year 2022. This new timeline was developed specifically so that applicants could incorporate the potential requirement to fund a Multimodal Access Grant win into their 2023 budgets.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cities, Counties, and Towns in Tennessee are eligible to submit applications for the Multimodal Access Grant.

To be considered for award, local agencies must be current on any payments owed to the Department on any other project. Upon review of submitted Notices of Intent to Apply, Department staff will reach out to make payment arrangements as needed. Applications will not be accepted from local agencies having any unresolved unpaid balance owed to the Department.

Communities may work with a consultant, MPO/RPO, or external agency to develop a project application, but the municipality or county is viewed as the lead agency for the project. At least one municipal or county representative should be identified as a contact to be included in all correspondence throughout the application process.

Ineligible Improvement Types
Project elements below are ineligible for Multimodal Access Grant. If proposed as part of the project, the application will be considered ineligible and not proceed to scoring.
- Components that primarily benefit motor vehicles such as widenings, additions of turn lanes, and traffic signalization
- Operating costs
- Rolling stock
- Preventative maintenance
- Recreational or non-transportation infrastructure

Pre-Application Information:

Notices of Intent to Apply must be received by Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 11:59 PM (Central).

The confirmed timeline is:
- April 27th to May 17th - Notice of Intent to Apply period will be open for email applications.
- May 17th to June 1st - Notices of Intent to Apply will be reviewed by the Multimodal Planning Office for compliance with the program requirements. Eligible applicants will be invited to submit full applications using the eGrants system
- June 1st and July 19th - Full Applications period will be open in eGrants, for applications from invited applicants only
- Winter 2022 - Grant awards will be announced

A webinar introducing the Multimodal Access Grant program and explaining the selection process was held on April 11th, 2022. Here is a 41 minute recording (mp4) of the webinar: See Supporting Documents below for the slideshow (pptx) used at that webinar.

Multimodal Access Grant projects are state-funded at 95 percent with a 5 percent local match. For more information about the match requirement, see

April 11, 2022 Multimodal Access Grant Introductory Presentation:

Contact Information:

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


Applicants must submit their completed NOI via an e-mail to

For questions, contact Robert Johnson at (615)-741-4449 or

For MPO/TPO Contact Information, see

Tennessee Department of Transportation
Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources
505 Deaderick Street,
James K. Polk Building, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37243

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