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PARC and Ride Grant Program

Grants to Dane County, Wisconsin Agencies, Universities,
and Schools Districts to Improve Bike Trail Connectivity

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Grants to Dane County, Wisconsin municipalities, government agencies, universities, school districts, tribal governments, and metropolitan planning organizations to improve bike trail connectivity. Applicants must contact program staff to confirm project eligibility prior to applying.

Eligible Projects:

Grants will be awarded for capital projects that expand bike trail interconnectivity, create destination- oriented regional bike trails, and improve bike safety.

Projects must be far along in the planning process and meet the following minimum eligibility requirements to be considered for funding:

-Project provides a regional shared-use trail connection as identified in the 2018-2023 Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan.
-Project entails the development of a shared-use trail, which may include associated amenities and support facilities, such as trailheads/parking areas, signage, and safety facilities. Bicycle trail amenities or support facilities as stand alone projects without trail construction are not eligible.
-Project is located on public lands, easements, or leased property that guarantee public access.
-All land holdings necessary for trail construction are secured. Projects that still have land acquisition needs are not eligible. Trail easements on private land should provide a public trail corridor width of 20 to 50 feet or greater. This will allow for maximum flexibility for future maintenance or improvements while also minimizing conflicts with adjacent land uses.
-Preliminary trail plans are complete and demonstrate the following: trail alignment and scope of project is feasible from a permitting, engineering and budget standpoint; trail development will meet the Dane County Parks regional trail standards for limestone and paved trails; project has a public start and end point and has taken into consideration necessary developments for public access/parking areas and safety facilities along the trail or for accessing or exiting the trail.

Eligible Expenses:

Eligible expenses for projects include construction materials and contracted services for design, engineering and construction.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated with special consideration given to the factors below:
-Provides a new linkage to a Dane County Parks property, other bikeway routes or paths, or to a neighborhood or community
-Located along a river or lakeshore
-Anticipated bicycle use
-Connects low income neighborhood or housing to a larger trail system or green space.
-Provides additional amenities such as benches, observation decks, accessible fishing pier, bike repair station, kiosk, shade structure, etc.
-Complements development activities in the surrounding area
-Identified in multiple plans such as a local comprehensive plan and Dane County Bicycle Transportation Plan
-Involves and fosters multiple partnerships
-Budget and secured financial resources
-Clarity of project
-Completeness of application

Project Delivery:

Grant applicants must provide a project delivery plan that outlines who will be performing project management activities such as construction management and oversight duties. Grant applicants who do not have a project manager or in-house design/engineering staff must retain a professional consultant with a minimum of 5 years applicable experience to perform design/engineering/project management services. Dane County Parks staff will not provide these services.

Project Maintenance:

Projects funded through the program must be open to the public and maintained for public use in perpetuity. Grant applicants must provide a maintenance plan that outlines how the project will be maintained, who will maintain it, and what financial resources are available for maintaining the project. Grant recipients will be responsible for operating and maintaining the trail, unless a separate agreement such as a Memorandum of Understanding assigns those responsibilities to another party.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183790

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Term of Contract:

Grants will expire in 4 years and may not be extended or adjusted if the project timeline or budget changes.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply to the PARC & Ride Program, an organization should be one of the following:
-Towns, villages, or cities in Dane County.
-Other governmental units in Dane County (school districts, universities, MPOs, tribal governments)

The organization must be authorized to submit a grant application by resolution. The project must also be approved through a resolution by the municipality that it falls within that allows Dane County to exercise its municipal park powers.

Grants will not be awarded for the following projects:
-Brochures or printed materials
-Projects on private lands (unless an easement or lease exists that guarantees public access)
-Purchase of equipment or hand tools
-Single plans or studies
-Are for private use or benefit
-Acquisition of land or easements
-Maintain, repair or minimally upgrade an existing bike trail facility
-Other projects may be deemed ineligible upon review.

Pre-Application Information:

The standard grant amount will be up to 50% of the project costs. Grants may be awarded for less than the amount requested by the applicant. All grants must be matched with financial contributions.

Acceptable match includes sponsor financial contributions, state or federal grants, private donations, or other cash contributions. In-kind services will not be accepted as match, such as donated labor (i.e. salary and fringe benefits), materials or supplies.

Applicants must contact Sara Rigelman before submitting a grant application to determine if projects are eligible.

Grant applications are due October 1st, 2018.

Grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis. Grant payments for design and engineering expenses may be dispersed for up to 50% of the County’s share with the remaining 50% dispersed after the project is fully constructed and completed as proposed.

2018-2023 Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan:

Contact Information:

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

Sara Rigelman, Park Property Planner

Dane County Parks Division
Land & Water Resources Department
5201 Fen Oak Drive, Rm. 208
Madison, WI 53718

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USA: Wisconsin: Dane County