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Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

Grants to Washington, DC Agencies, Authorities, School Districts,
and LEAs for Projects to Improve Transportation Infrastructure

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Grants to Washington, DC local governments, agencies, authorities, school districts, and LEAs for a wide range of projects to improve transportation infrastructure. The purpose of funding is to enhance the quality of life for residents by developing transportation options and enhancing the cultural, historic, and environmental aspects of existing transportation infrastructure.

Eligible Activities:

The TAP provides funding for a variety of eligible activities which are considered transportation alternatives. Projects must demonstrate a relationship to surface transportation in order to receive funding. Eligible activities under TAP include:

Facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation - This includes the planning, design, and construction of on-road or off-road facilities. Project may include sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, bicycle parking, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting and other safety infrastructure, and upgrading facilities for compliance with ADA requirements.

Safe routes for non-drivers - Eligible costs under this activity include the construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.

Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails - This activity provides for the acquisition of abandoned railway corridors for the development of pedestrian or bicycle trails. Intent must be shown that a pedestrian and bicycle trail will be built within ten years of the acquisition of the corridor. Projects in this category must serve as a mode of transportation and cannot be solely for recreational users.

Community improvement activities - This activity includes, but is not limited to the following categories:

a) Inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising

b) Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities

c) Vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control

d) Archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of transportation projects eligible under title 23.

e) Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas

f) Streetscape improvements which are project components of another TAP eligible category. Scenic beautification and landscaping project are not eligible as standalone projects.

Any other activities applying under this category must still demonstrate a strong relationship to surface transportation. Project unable to clearly demonstrate this relationship will not be considered.

Environmental mitigation or pollution prevention - Costs eligible under this activity fall into two categories:

a) Address storm water management, control and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway run-off

b) Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial and aquatic habitats

Safe Routes to School - Eligible projects for SRTS include infrastructure such as sidewalk improvements, traffic calming, pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, on-street bicycle facilities, off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities, secure bicycle parking facilities, and traffic diversion improvements in the vicinity of schools. Non-infrastructure projects are also eligible, including public awareness campaigns, traffic education and enforcement in the vicinity of schools, and funding for training, volunteers, and managers of SRTS programs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195420

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible project sponsors include:

- Local governments
- Regional transportation authorities
- Transit agencies
- Natural resource or public land agencies
- School districts and local education agencies
- Tribal governments
- Other local and governmental entities with oversight of transportation or recreational trails

Nonprofit 501(c) organizations are also eligible to apply to be Project Advocates, provided that there is a partnership with an eligible government agency that is willing to act as the official Project Sponsor. Nonprofits that apply using this arrangement should clearly articulate the role and responsibilities of the respective parties in the application.

Pre-Application Information:


March 31, 2021 – Release call for projects.
May 12, 2021 – Deadline to submit project applications to DDOT’s Transportation Alternatives administrator.
June-July 2021 – Selection Panel Review
August 2021 – Official announcement of selected projects. Notifications are sent out to both award recipients and applicants for projects not selected for funding.

Although the program is a “grant” program under Federal regulation, it is not an “up-front” grant program and funds are available only on a reimbursement basis. Only after a project has been approved by DDOT and the FHWA division office can costs become eligible for reimbursement.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

Kelsey Bridges
Transportation Planner

District Department of Transportation
250 M Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 673-6813
Fax: (202) 671-0650
TTY: (202) 673-6813

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