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Grants to North Dakota Local Public Agencies
for Transportation Infrastructure Improvements

Urban Grant Program (UGP)

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North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT)

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11/19/21 - Deadline for Fargo-Moorhead Council of Governments


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Grants to North Dakota local public agencies for transportation infrastructure improvements. Funding is intended for projects that will preserve transportation assets, improve transportation safety, contribute to the economic development of the area, and improve different types of transportation.

The objectives of the program are as follows:

  • Preserve existing transportation assets
  • Ensure safety of all users of the transportation system
  • Improve multi-modal transportation options such as walking, bicycling, and public transportation
  • Enhance the economic vitality of the area by providing transportation assets that support revitalization efforts, development of vacant or underutilized parcels within existing urban areas, and/or redevelopment of established portions of communities
  • Support economically sustainable growth, lessening the need for outward expansion of community transportation infrastructure and associated services

    In part, the program intends to maximize the public’s return on investment by focusing on transportation projects that support revitalization, development of vacant or underutilized parcels within existing urban areas, and/or redevelopment of the established built environment of the LPA. Examples of projects which might align with the objectives of this program could include but are not limited to:

    • Pedestrian, bicycle, and public transportation friendly corridor improvements
    • Projects that improve safety for all users of the transportation system
    • Traffic calming measures
    • Road diets
    • Bus stops and other eligible public transportation facilities
    • Bus pull-outs
    • Bike lanes/buffered bike lanes
    • Landscaping and streetscape improvements
    • Lighting
    • Pedestrian controlled signalization
    • Projects improving transportation system connectivity (including with multiple modes)
    • Asset preservation projects, such as pavement overlays

    Projects which directly support a community’s urban core or central business district and which can demonstrate a return on investment will be given preferential consideration.

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 184568

    Term of Contract:

    The project development process must be completed and federal construction funds authorized in the federal fiscal year designated by the grant award.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    Program funds are limited to North Dakota’s Local Public Agencies (LPAs) with a population 5,000 or greater.

    Projects which include/support an increase in passenger vehicle capacity at the edges of an LPA and/or contribute to the expansion of the LPA's geographic footprint are generally not consistent with the objectives of this program.

    Welcome signs are not eligible for federal aid.

    Public art is not eligible for this program.

    Pre-Application Information:

    Projects in Grand Forks, Fargo/West Fargo, and Bismarck/Mandan metro areas must be submitted to the local MPO, with the MPO submitting the application to the NDDOT. MPO contact information and submittal dates are as follows:

    - Bismarck-Mandan MPO: Submittal Deadline: October 15, 2021
    - Fargo-Moorhead Council of Governments: Submittal Deadline: November 19, 2021
    - Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MPO: Submittal Deadline: 12:00pm on December 1, 2021

    Federal funding will be the primary source of funding under this program. As such, there are match requirements that need to be met in order to use these funds. The local match required and who is responsible for the local match will be dependent on the roadway/facility being improved and will be identified in the signed agreement between NDDOT and the LPA.

    The LPA will be required to cover all match needed for service road construction or improvements (typically 20 percent). Participation on side streets will be to the right of way line or to the radius point adjacent to the federal aid route if the radius point is beyond the right of way line, unless design guidelines/standards require construction activity beyond this limit, within reason.

    The LPA will be required to provide 100 percent funding for items not eligible for federal aid such as water lines, sanitary sewer, ineligible storm sewer costs, and items that exceed reasonable design specifications as determined by NDDOT. Federal or State funds from other state agencies may be used for non-transportation related items, as allowed by those programs.

    Contact Information:

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

    MPO contact information is as follows:

    Bismarck-Mandan MPO
    221 North 5th Street
    Bismarck, ND 58506

    Fargo-Moorhead Council of Governments
    Case Plaza Center Suite 232 1 2nd Street
    North Fargo, ND 58102

    Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MPO
    PO Box 5200
    Grand Forks, ND 58206-5200

    Please submit complete applications to:
    Local Government Division
    North Dakota Department of Transportation
    608 East Boulevard Avenue
    Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0700

    Phone: (701) 328-4469
    Fax: (701) 328-0310
    TTY: 1-800-366-6888

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