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Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

Grants to Arkansas Agencies and School Districts
to Facilitate Safe, Non-Motorized Transportation

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Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

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06/03/19 4:00 PM CDT


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Grants to Arkansas government agencies, tribal governments, transit agencies, and school districts for infrastructure changes and improvements that will facilitate the use of alternative modes of transportation. Funding is available for projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.

TAP funds may be used for the following:
- Construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation
- Construction of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs
- Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users
- Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas
- Community improvement activities including: inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising; historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities; vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control; and archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of an eligible transportation project
- Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to: address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff; and reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats
- Construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways
- Safe Routes to School eligible activities

More information regarding Safe Routes to School eligible projects can be seen at:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169702

Estimated Size of Grant:

There will be no minimum requested funding amount on projects containing only non-infrastructure components.
Projects containing infrastructure components will have a minimum requested funding amount of $20,000.
All TAP projects will have a maximum requested funding amount of $500,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications for TAP funds will be accepted from the following:
- Local governments, including city and county governments
- Regional transportation authorities
- Transit agencies
- Natural resource or public land agencies
- School districts, local education agencies, or schools
- Tribal governments
- Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails (other than a metropolitan planning organization or a State agency) that the State determines to be eligible, consistent with the goals of subsection (c) of section 213 of title 23

Under TAP, nonprofits are not eligible as direct grant recipients of TAP funds.  Nonprofits may partner with any eligible entity on an eligible TAP project. Any eligible sponsor that is within the state will be allowed to apply for funds.

Design, right of way acquisition, and utility relocation are some examples of expenses which are not eligible for reimbursement. At the Department’s sole discretion, other phases of large, regionally-significant projects may be awarded federal funds. In addition, advertising costs incurred during the bid process, general recreation and park facilities, playground equipment, sports fields, campgrounds, picnic amenities, and pavilions are also not eligible for reimbursement.

Landscaping with non-native plant species is not eligible for federal funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Central Arkansas Seminar is scheduled for April 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM at:
ARDOT Centra Headquarters
10324 Interstate 30 (Exit 130)
Little Rock, AR 77209

Please register to join the April seminar at:

The Northwest Arkansas Seminar is scheduled for May 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM at:
Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission Building
1311 Clayton Street
Springdale, AR 72762

Please register to join the May seminar at:

Pre-Application Information:

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a reimbursement-type grant program. The program provides for an 80 percent federal share and a 20 percent match will be required from the eligible sponsor. Use of in-kind match will not be permitted for TAP projects. The 20 percent match must be in cash.

The deadline for TAP applications is June 3, 2019 at 4:00 PM (CDT).

Please submit an electronic copy of the application and required attachments by email. If necessary, a physical copy of the original application with attachments will be accepted. Any physical copies should be mailed to the address on the application packet.

If a sponsor wishes to apply for more than one project, separate applications for each project must be submitted and they must be prioritized by the applicant.

Contact Information:

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

The application forms can be found below.

Applications should be emailed to

Daniel Siskowski, Program Management Division
Phone: (501) 569-2261
Fax: (501) 569-2623

Physical address:
Arkansas Department of Transportation
10324 Interstate 30
Little Rock, AR 72209

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2261
Little Roack AR 77203-2261

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