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Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) for Pennsylvania

Reimbursement Grants to Pennsylvania Public Agencies in Eligible
Counties for Traffic Reduction and Air-Quality Improvement Programs

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DVRPC (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission)

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Deadline Date:

06/28/19 5:00 PM


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Reimbursement grants to Pennsylvania public agencies and agencies collaborating with nonprofit entities and private firms to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in the Greater Philadelphia region. Applicants must contact and meet with program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for transportation projects that will significantly reduce air pollution emissions and help the region meet the federal health based air quality standards. Eligible counties are Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

Examples of eligible projects include pedestrian and bicycle projects, transit improvement programs, including transit vehicle purchases for fleet expansion or to introduce a new transit service, congestion reduction and traffic flow improvements, and funding of transportation demand management programs, among others. For a complete list of eligible projects, see:

Operating assistance, which includes labor, fuel, administration, and maintenance costs, is limited to new transit service, intermodal facilities, travel demand strategies, and the incremental cost of expanding existing transit services, including traffic operation centers.

For information regarding basic project requirements, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185739

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Estimated Size of Grant:

DVRPC is requiring a minimum project request be $250,000 for construction projects and $100,000 for transit vehicle acquisitions to expand existing fleet or introduce a new transit service. There is also a soft maximum cap of $4 million for a single application.

Term of Contract:

All awarded projects must obligate CMAQ funds by or before August 2024.

Operating assistance is limited to three years of funding with the flexibility to spread year three funding into a fourth or fifth year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public agency or inorporated private firm or nonprofit entity may apply to DVRPC for CMAQ funds for their projects. However, there are certain restrictions that must be addressed if a private firm or nonprofit entity is applying for funds. Private firms and nonprofits must partner with a local public agency sponsor and have a formal agreement in place with the public agency at the time of funding award. Individuals may not apply.

The public agency partner is responsible for applying for the CMAQ funds through DVRPC and overseeing and protecting the investment of the federal funds used in a public–private partnership project. In all cases the prospective applicant is required to contact the county and municipal governments in which the project will be implemented to inform them of the intent to apply and to coordinate the project effort.

For additional eligibility information, see:

For information on project types that are not eligible, see:

Pre-Application Information:

All application materials must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019.

- Tuesday, April 2, 2019: DVRPC begins accepting applications for eligible projects
- By Friday, April 12, 2019: DVRPC recorded information webinar available
- April 2 - May 31, 2019: Mandatory applicant meetings
- Friday, June 28, 2019: Applications due (with accompanying documentation)
- July 2019: Project screening and emissions assessments
- July 2019: Project evaluation
- By September 11, 2019: Final Project Selection
- October 2019: Anticipated DVRPC Regional Technical Committee (Oct. 8) and Board (Oct. 24) recommendation and approval
- End October/Beginning November 2019: DVRPC sends Award and Regrets letters.

All applicants and project sponsors must meet with DVRPC project implementation staff prior to formal submission of their application only for bike/pedestrian projects. All other applicants must contact the Competitive CMAQ program manager via the Request Meeting button in the application system. DVRPC has set aside one hour for every application and has made available April 2, 2019 until May 31, 2019 to meet with applicants to discuss their proposed projects. Request a meeting via the online application.

This CMAQ Program is not a grant program. The sponsor does not receive grant funds to start the project; rather, the sponsor is reimbursed for costs incurred after receiving funding authorization for the project and a notice to proceed. Costs incurred prior to project selection and notice to proceed will not be reimbursed. All awarded projects must authorize federal CMAQ funds by the deadline stated in their award letters.

For information regarding reimbursements and cost estimates, see:

View the recorded informational webinar:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online and request a meeting:

Staff Contact:

Richard Murphy, Jr
Manager, PA Capital Programs

190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1520

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.