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Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative

Grants to North Carolina Agencies for
Plans to Promote Healthy Mobility Options

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North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT), Transportation Planning Branch (TPB)

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Deadline Date:

06/30/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to North Carolina municipalities and eligible counties for the development of healthy mobility options and solutions. Funding is intended to support consultant fees, mapping services, and other costs associated with the creation of statewide comprehensive bicycle plans and pedestrian plans. Eligible plans are developed by consultants that are prequalified by NCDOT. The selected awardees commonly incorporate a diverse mix of municipalities from large cities to small towns.

In addition to the traditional bike and pedestrian plans, DBPT offers an application process for project acceleration plans. Eligible for municipalities with a population of 5,000 or less, these abbreviated plans will primarily focus on priority project identification and project implementation. Municipalities (and counties with fewer than 50,000 residents) that currently have bicycle plans and/or pedestrian plans, either through this grant program or otherwise, may also apply to update their plan provided if it is at least five years old.

Allowable expenses include consultant costs associated with plan development and delivery; GIS/mapping services, as appropriate; preparation of technical illustrations and graphic design/layout of a plan undertaken by the consultant; non-staff costs associated with data collection and public involvement activities; and, printing/copying of plan and maps.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161664

Estimated Size of Grant:

The cost of all plans funded through this initiative shall be within these established ranges:
- Population Less than 5,000 (Project Acceleration Plan): $25,000 to $35,000
- Population Less than 10,000: $40,000 to $50,000
- Population 10,000 to 25,000: $45,000 to $60,000
- Population 25,000 to 50,000: $55,000 to $70,000
- Population 50,000 to 100,000: $65,000 to $100,000
- Population Over 100,000: $85,000 to $190,000

Term of Contract:

The Plan Completion Deadline is within 12 months from Notice to Proceed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All North Carolina municipalities are eligible to apply for a standard bike or pedestrian plan (application). Additionally, the following options are available:
- Counties with a population of less than 50,000 may apply for a bicycle or pedestrian plan.
- Smaller municipalities with populations of less than 10,000 can apply to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans.
- Municipalities of less than 5,000 population may apply for a project acceleration plan (application) – an abbreviated plan primarily focusing on priority project identification and implementation.
- Municipalities (and counties with populations of less than 50,000) that currently have bicycle plans and/or pedestrian plans, either through this grant program or otherwise, may apply for a plan update (application) provided the existing plan is at least five years old.

If neighboring municipalities wish to file a joint application, please contact IMD for instructions and guidance.

Smaller municipalities (below 10,000 population) are eligible to apply for a joint bicycle and pedestrian plan, but still have the option of applying for a stand-alone pedestrian or a standalone bicycle plan. Municipalities/counties with populations of 10,000 and over may choose to apply for funding to undertake either a bicycle plan or a pedestrian plan in any given fiscal year. Municipalities/counties may apply for funding for the other type of plan in subsequent years.

Due to the limited amount of funding, counties with populations greater than 50,000 are not eligible to apply, nor are colleges/universities or other non-municipal entities.

Any plan developed with these funds will be comprehensive in nature and be a stand-alone plan. While NCDOT encourages the inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian elements in local comprehensive plans, transportation plans, land use plans, recreation plans, greenway and open space plans, etc., applications for funding to develop such elements is not within the scope of this grant.

Staff costs and in-house services are not eligible for reimbursement with these grant funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The 2021 Planning Grant Initiative Webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 5:00 - 6:30 PM EST

Register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Issue Call for Proposals: April 9, 2021
- Application submission deadline: 5:00 pm, June 30, 2021
- Awards Committee makes recommendations: August 2021
- Board of Transportation gives approval: September 2021
- Municipalities notified of award: August - September 2021
- Municipal Agreement executed: October - November 2021
- Notice to Proceed Issued: January - February 2022
- Traditional Plan completion deadline: 12 from Notice to Proceed

The relevant approval processes and procedures of MPO and RPO organizations should be followed by any municipality applying for funding. A resolution by the local MPO and or RPO is required. It is strongly encouraged that the appropriate resolution be sent in with the grant application.

Plans will be developed by consultants that are prequalified by NCDOT. Also, a full-time permanent employee of the municipality must be assigned as project manager to oversee/coordinate the plan development. A task force/steering committee must also be formed to oversee the development of the plan.

NCDOT planning grant funds will be provided on a sliding scale, based on municipal/county population. Neither in-kind services nor other state or federal funds from NCDOT can be used for local participation. See the table here for details:

Municipalities/counties must re-apply each year to be considered within the current process.

Contact Information:

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

All applications and relevant documents will be accepted via email at, with subject title “2021 Planning
Grant Initiative Application” + Municipality (or County) Name.

Direct questions to Bryan Lopez at the email address above or call 919-707-2606.

John Vine Hodge

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USA: North Carolina

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