Transportation Alternatives

Jerry Ortbahn, Transportation Alternatives Program Coordinator, 605.773.3281

Transportation Alternatives Program Funding Available

2017 Grant Applications -- Due September 30, 2016

Application forms are now available for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The TAP is a grant program that uses federal transportation funds, designated by Congress, for specific activities that enhance the intermodal transportation system and provide safe alternative transportation options.

The TAP was authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), signed into law on July 6, 2012. The TAP redefines the former Transportation Enhancement activities and consolidates these eligibilities with the Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and Recreation Trails Programs. There will no longer be separate applications for Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements or Scenic Byways. These project types should be submitted under this TAP call for Letters of Intent. The TAP builds upon the legacy of the former Transportation Enhancement, Safe Routes to School and Scenic Byways programs by expanding travel choices, strengthening the local economy, improving the quality of life, and protecting the environment.

Approximately $2.1 million is available through this competitive grant process administered by the South Department of Transportation (SDDOT) Office of Project Development. Each grant will be for a maximum of $400,000, although the SDDOT may approve a larger amount for phased projects. The minimum grant amount for infrastructure projects is $50,000. There is no set minimum grant amount for non-infrastructure projects. There is an 18.05% minimum local match requirement for each project.

A full description of the TAP is available in the Transportation Alternatives Program Summary and Application Guide.

The submittal of the Letter of Intent form, downloadable below, is a mandatory requirement in order to be eligible to submit a full application for funding. The Letter of Intent form submittal deadline is July 15, 2016. This will be the only call for Letters of Intent for the 2017 Fiscal Year.

Letter of Intent

Following the receipt of the Letters of Intent, on-site meetings with project sponsors will be scheduled prior to September 15, 2016.

Application Information

In order to be eligible to submit a full application for funding, an applicant must have previously submitted a Letter of Intent form and completed a site visit or project call with the SDDOT. The Transportation Alternatives Program Application documents are available for download below. Please note there are three components that need to be downloaded as part of the Application: the SDDOT TAP 2017 Application document, the SDDOT TAP 2017 Scope of Services document and SDDOT TAP 2017 Scope of Work document. All three documents are required as part of the complete Application. Please see the Application documents and the Transportation Alternatives Program Summary and Application Guide for additional guidance.

SDDOT TAP 2017 Application

SDDOT TAP 2017 Scope of Services

SDDOT TAP 2017 Scope of Work

The completed, three-part Grant Application with supporting documents must be electronically submitted to the SDDOT, as explained in the application, no later than 5 p.m. Central Time, September 30, 2016.

Requests for additional information, site visits and/or meetings on potential projects should be directed to Jerry Ortbahn by phone at 605-773-3281 or by email at jerry.ortbahn@state.sd.us.

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