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2021 VTrans Small-Scale Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits, Agencies, and School
Districts to Support Alternative Modes of Transportation

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Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)

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02/19/21 1:00 PM Email Receipt


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Vermont local government entities, nonprofit organizations, school districts, and schools to build accessible and safe facilities for alternative modes of transportation. Funding is intended to improve access and safety for cyclists and/or pedestrians through the construction of infrastructure projects. This objective 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.

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)
  • Sidewalks, especially sidewalk segments that fill in missing gaps or provide access to key destinations
  • Reconstruction of existing sidewalks with clearly identified deficiencies
  • Pedestrian crossing improvements, including median pedestrian refuge islands, bulb-outs, or other signage/ADA improvements
  • Pedestrian or bicycle intersection signals
  • Improvements that address the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Shared-use paths (designed for use by both bicyclists and pedestrians).

Applications may be for the 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 a good rationale for the proposed facility.

For information about eligible costs, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181528

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small-scale grant awards are capped at $75,000 ($150,000 construction cost). Minimum award amount is $5,000 ($10,000 project construction cost).

Term of Contract:

Construction projects should take place between May and October 2021. It is expected that the construction of small-scale projects will be complete within one year of executing the grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants to the Bike/Ped Program include the following:
- A local government
- A transit agency (VT nonprofit rural transit providers have been deemed eligible)
- A school district or school

Ideal candidate projects for this round of grants are those that are ready to go to construction in 2021.

Funding for these grants is to cover construction only (design, permitting and administration are not eligible for reimbursement). Projects that consist solely of preventive maintenance (e.g. repaving an existing shared-use path) are not eligible.

Projects that do not have a transportation purpose are not eligible for this funding. 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. Examples of ineligible projects include loop trails for fitness or facilities that do not serve population centers and destinations.

Pre-Application Information:

All electronic files must be received by 1:00 P.M. Friday, February 19, 2021.

Applicants to the 2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program can expect the following time frame for this year’s grant cycle.
- January 13, 2021: Grant program guide and materials available online
- February 19, 2021: Applications due to VTrans
- Week of March 8, 2021: Selection Committee meets
- Week of March 15, 2021: Notification to all applicants
- End of April 2021: Grant agreements in place
- May-October 2021: Project construction
- Nov/Dec. 2021: Invoicing/Reimbursement

Applicants may provide more than the required 50% match.

Applicants should notify their Regional Planning Commission (RPC), letting them know that they are submitting the application.

For construction projects located in or adjacent to a State Highway Right-of-way, coordination with the District Transportation Administrator (DTA) is required.

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

Email applications to

Direct questions to Jon Kaplan, Program Manager, at the email address above or call (802) 802 498-4742.

VT Agency of Transportation
Municipal Assistance Bureau
1 National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05633

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