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Bicycle and Pedestrian Routes to Educational Institutions

Minnesota Safe Routes to School State Infrastructure Program

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT)

LOI Date:

10/29/21

Deadline Date:

01/14/22

Description:

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Grants to Minnesota government agencies, Tribes, school districts, and schools for capital projects that promote students walking or bicycling to school. Eligible expenses include roadway, trail, and sidewalk construction and accessibility improvements. Funds may also be requested to fulfill a local match requirement for projects that have already been selected for federal awards. Schools, townships, and non-state aid cities will need a state aid city or county sponsor for their infrastructure projects.

Two project types are available for applicants to select from:

1. Construction of Non-Federally Funded Project

This option is available for communities that have a project identified in their SRTS plan or other planning document and only need funds to implement the improvements. This option may be used to fund up to 100% of eligible SRTS construction costs. Projects should be planned for construction in 2022 or 2023. SRTS funds may be used for one or more of the following improvements:

  • Pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements: pedestrian curb ramps, intersections or midblock crossings, median refuges, raised crossings, raised intersections, speed humps and curb extensions.
  • Off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities: exclusive multi-use bicycle and pedestrian trails, sidewalks, and pathways that are separated from a roadway.
  • On-road facilities: bicycle lanes, bicycle boulevards, and cycle tracks
  • Traffic control devices: signs, bicycle and pedestrian activated signals, flexible bollards, and pavement markings Note: Electronic devices must be permanent - not mobile.

2. Local Match for Federally Funded Project

Funds may be used for the local share on SRTS federally funded projects already programmed in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). To be considered for a local match, the project must already be awarded federal funding, have a federal MnDOT project number, and be listed in an approved STIP for construction in the 2022 or 2023 fiscal years.

Federal Transportation Alternative STBG funding may also be eligible for use on these types of infrastructure projects. Applicants may want to consider which program best fits the needs of their project. The infrastructure applications for State SRTS funds may represent one school or multiple schools that are in close proximity to one another (schools on the same or adjacent campuses, neighborhood or block).

For Application Criteria, see http://www.dot.state.mn.us/saferoutes/documents/program-guide.pdf#page=6.

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 174.40, home rule charter city, county, and town applicants are only eligible if the governing body has adopted subdivision regulations requiring new and proposed developments within its jurisdiction to have connected sidewalks and/or bicycle infrastructure. This requirement does not apply to school, school district, or tribal applicants. Note that in these new and proposed developments, SRTS funding is eligible for the construction of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Additionally, all infrastructure proposed in any SRTS application must have a usable life of at least ten years.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198893

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$7,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum Request: $50,000
- Maximum Request: $500,000

Term of Contract:

It is expected that the SRTS funds will expire between December 31, 2024 and June 30, 2025. Accordingly, the SRTS solicitation guide states that projects should be ready for construction in 2022 or 2023. This creates some float in the schedule in case there are unforeseen delays.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible groups include, but are not limited to:
- Schools, both public and private (note that private schools are only eligible to receive general fund grants)
- School districts
- Cities
- Counties
- Federally recognized tribes (note that tribes are only eligible to receive general fund grants)
- Townships

All SRTS infrastructure applications from townships, non-state aid cities (“small city”), and schools require a state aid city or county as the lead agency or sponsor. Applications from federally recognized tribes do not require a lead agency sponsor.

Landscaping planters, benches, bike racks, decorative fences, ornamental lighting, and other aesthetic treatments above the standard are generally not eligible. Other items that are not eligible include engineering, construction administration and inspection, right-of-way acquisition, and water main, sanitary sewer, or private utility work. Additionally, work on trunk highways (state or federal highways) or on trunk highway right-of-way is typically not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Solicitation Timeline
- Monday, October 4th, 2021 – Safe Routes to School solicitation kick-off. Open letter of intent period
- Friday, October 29th, 2021 – Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent
- Friday, November 12th, 2021 – Deadline for MnDOT to review of letters of intent. Recommendation to proceed forward with full application sent to applicants
- Monday, November 15th, 2021 – Official start of full application period
- Friday, January 14, 2022 – Deadline for applicants to submit full applications
- Friday, March 4th, 2022 – Project selection finalized, and award letters distributed to selected projects

Interested applicants are strongly recommended to complete a letter of intent for their project prior to submitting a full application. Upon completion, the letter of intent will be reviewed by MnDOT SRTS program personnel. The reviewing party will either recommend or not recommend that the applicant proceed to the full application. The goal of this initial review is to ensure project eligibility and determine project readiness prior to submittal of the full application. A recommendation to proceed will be sent to the email address listed in the submitted letter of intent form on or before the review deadline of November 12, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Application: https://mndotforms.formstack.com/forms/mn_srts_infrastructure_solicitation_full_application

2021 Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155-1800
651-296-3000 Toll-free 800-657-3774

Grant Coverage Areas:

Projects will be compared against other projects based on the pools of applicants below:
- MN Cities of the First Class (Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, & Duluth)
- Metro District Communities (excluding Minneapolis & Saint Paul)
- Greater MN State Aid Cities (excluding Duluth & Rochester)
- Greater MN non-State Aid Cities & Townships
- Federally Recognized Tribes

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