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Grants to Arkansas Agencies, School Districts, and Tribes to Support Alternative Transportation Projects and Promote Safety

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)


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Funding Source
Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Arkansas

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/01/23 4:00 PM CDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to Arkansas government agencies, transit agencies, schools and school districts, and tribal governments for alternative transportation projects and infrastructure improvements that enhance communities and protect the environment. Funding may be used for 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.

Plans which include the design of structural components, such as pedestrian bridges, tunnels, or scenic overlooks, must be stamped by a Registered Professional Engineer. Plans which include the design of only non-structural components, such as concrete sidewalks or paved trails, must be stamped by a Registered Professional Engineer. Plans which include the design of only non-infrastructure components will not require either.

TAP funds may be used for the following:

  • On-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
  • Boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.
  • Non-infrastructure Pedestrian/Trail Master Plans
  • Recreational Trails Program eligible activities
  • Safe Routes to School eligible activities


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; and
- Metropolitan planning organizations that serve an urbanized area with a population of 200,000 of fewer
- Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for or oversight of transportation or recreational trails

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations will be able to apply as the official Sponsor only for RTP eligible projects under both programs. Nonprofits are also eligible to apply for non-RTP eligible projects provided that there is a partnership with an eligible government agency that is willing to act as the official Sponsor.

For TAP and RTP projects, any eligible sponsor that is within the state will be allowed to apply for funds.

Common ineligible items for Arkansas TAP funds.
When applying for TAP funds, please avoid including the following items in requests for funding, as they are not deemed eligible:
- Engineering fees
- Utility relocation fees
- Advertising costs
- General recreation and park facilities
- Playground equipment
- Fancy or ornate entrance/name signs
- Welcome signs
- Sports fields
- Campgrounds
- Picnic amenities
- Decorative fountains
- Pavilions
- Contingency
- “Miscellaneous” or “other”

Pre-Proposal Conference
Information Session
April 4, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Pre-Application Information
The 2023 TAP and RTP application cycle will close June 1, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a reimbursement-type grant program. The program provides for an 80 percent federal share with a 20 percent match required from the eligible sponsor. Use of in-kind match will be permitted for RTP projects as well as TAP projects that are RTP eligible. Local match for other TAP projects must be in the form of cash.

View a recording of the March 16, 2023 information session:

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 and RTP projects will have a maximum requested funding amount of $500,000.

Contact Information

Minghua Qiu Miller, P.E.
Program Management Division

Phone: (501) 569-2213
Fax: (501) 569-2623

Arkansas Department of Transportation
Attn: Program Management Division
P.O. Box 2261
Little Rock, AR 72203-2261

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