Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
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Grants to Vermont local governments, nonprofits, school districts and schools, and regional planning commissions to provide accessible and safe facilities for alternative modes of transportation. The purpose of the program is to improve access and safety for bicyclists and/or pedestrians through the planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects. This is in direct support of the Agency of Transportation’s Strategic Goal #3: Provide Vermonters energy-efficient travel options, specifically through the increased use of walking and biking for transportation.
The Bike/Ped Program provides funding for three types of projects:
1) Scoping study for a project that has not yet been evaluated (Scoping)
2) Design and Construction of a project using Federal funds (Design/Construction or Additional Funding)
3) Small-scale construction of a project using State fund (Small-scale)
Projects may be combinations of any of the following facilities:
-Bicycle lanes (on-road facility delineated with pavement markings and signs)
-Shoulders (generally a minimum of 3-feet wide to accommodate bicyclists)
-Pedestrian crossing improvements, including median pedestrian refuge islands and bulb outs
-Pedestrian or bicycle intersection signals
-Improvements that address requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
-Shared-use paths (designed for use by both bicyclists and pedestrians)
Applications may be for construction of new facilities, reconstruction of existing infrastructure to meet current design standards, or a combination of both. Projects that consist of a redundant facility (e.g. a sidewalk on one side of a street that already has a sidewalk) must include good rationale for the proposed facility. However, projects that consist solely of preventive maintenance (e.g. repaving an existing shared use path) are not eligible.
One of the prime considerations of eligibility of a project is that it has “independent utility.” Generally, “independent utility” means that, as a standalone project, there are clear and logical origins and destinations served by the facility. For any of the eligible facility types listed, applicants may apply for up to two project types.
Information about Scoping Studies can be found here:
For information about Design/Construction projects and Small-Scale Construction projects click here:
GrantWatch ID#: 181528
Federally funded Scoping Project: The cost for scoping studies varies depending on the complexity and geographic extent of the project. Generally, scoping studies range from $25,000 - $40,000.
State Funded Small-Scale Construction Project: Funding for small-scale projects is to cover only the construction component of the project. Any administration or design costs are not eligible for reimbursement. Small-scale grant awards are capped at $75,000 ($150,000 construction cost).
Federally Funded Scoping Project: It is expected that scoping studies will be completed within two years of executing the grant agreement.
Federally Funded Design/Construction Project: Federally funded design/construction projects generally take 3 – 5 years to complete.
State-Funded Small-Scale Construction Projects: It is expected that construction of small-scale projects will be complete within one year of executing the grant agreement.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email application and direct questions to:
Jon Kaplan, Program Manager
P: (802) 802 498-4742
Submit hard copy applications to:
VT Agency of Transportation
Municipal Assistance Bureau
1 National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05633