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Grants to Indiana Municipalities, Counties, and
Agencies to Plan Walking and Biking Routes

Planning Grants for Community-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements

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Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) - Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA)

Deadline Date:

01/20/22 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $30,000 to Indiana municipalities, counties, and regional planning agencies to plan community walking and biking routes. Funding is intended to prepare for and implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements, as well as changes to policy and the built environment necessary to foster healthy and active communities. Funds may be used for consulting fees to prepare the plans.

The Indiana State Department of Health (IDOH) Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) invests in partnerships and activities that work towards improving the health of all Indiana residents. The DNPA focuses on increasing healthy eating and physical activity and decreasing obesity. 

The adoption of bicycle and pedestrian master plans by Indiana communities is seen as an effective way to invest in changes to policy and the built environment that supports healthy community outcomes. The DNPA is thus providing funding to communities to assist in the preparation of community-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans to facilitate more active living and higher rates of physical activity in Indiana. This funding will assist in the preparation of community-wide planning activities supporting bicycle and pedestrian activities focused on three groups of community sizes. 

The planning process required for the use of these funds will be community-focused through public participation and evidence-based recommendations. The objectives of the planning process are:

  • Focus on addressing health disparities and traditionally underserved populations in the community (such as minority or low-income populations). 
  • Prioritize investments in walking and biking based on cost, use, and overall network connectivity.
  • Strengthen applications for future state and federal funding opportunities.

Eligible planning activities for Tier 1 and Tier 2 communities include:

  • Community-wide bicycle and pedestrian master plans
  • Small area or neighborhood plans that promote walking and bicycling to everyday destinations such as schools, parks, shopping, etc.
  • Multi-use path corridor plans that connect communities to nearby destinations such as state/regional parks or regional greenways. 
  •  Project acceleration plans that further define the scope, cost, and feasibility of local bicycle and pedestrian projects. The production of detailed construction documents or environmental studies are not eligible for funding.

Eligible planning activities for Tier 3 communities include:

  • Community-wide bicycle and pedestrian master plans
  • Small area or neighborhood plans that promote walking and bicycling to everyday destinations such as schools, parks, shopping, etc.
  • Multi-use path corridor plans that connect communities to nearby destinations such as state/regional parks or regional greenways. 

For Key Deliverables of proposed plans, see p. 1 of the Application document listed in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177473

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be provided based on the population within the corporate limits of the community or county covered by the plan (using the most current US Census data available) as follows:
- Tier 1 communities under 5,000 population are eligible to receive up to $20,000
- Tier 2 communities between 5,000 and 10,000 population are eligible to receive up to $30,000
- Tier 3 communities above 10,000 population are eligible to receive up to $20,000 (with a minimum of $20,000 matching funds required)

Term of Contract:

Funding is for projects that are anticipated to start in the spring of 2022 and to be formally adopted by May 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include incorporated communities, counties, or regional planning agencies in Indiana.

Successful applicants will be selected based on their level of readiness to plan for and implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements, as well as their willingness to consider policy, planning, and the built environment changes necessary to foster healthy and active communities.

The funding is available for planning only and cannot be spent on the preparation of construction documents, implementation activities, equipment, or construction.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

DNPA will schedule a short 15-minute interview of all qualified applicants to help determine which communities will receive the funding.

Matching funds will not be required for communities under 10,000 population. A dollar-for-dollar local match is required from communities over 10,000 population.

Grantees will be required to create a plan advisory committee made up of representatives from a minimum of 5 different community partners that support this work.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be submitted by email to pefritz@isdh.in.gov.

For more information and questions, contact Pete Fritz at (317) 234-6808 or at the above email.

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