Planning Assistance solicitation guide
Our program will help your community create an active transportation plan with help from a consultant. The goal is to help more people safely walk and bicycle to destinations where they live, work and play. Active transportation plans will:
- Analyze existing conditions
- Engage the community
- Identify ways to improve infrastructure
- Identify ways to encourage active transportation
How it works
- We'll award up to $400,000 worth of consultant support through the Active Transportation Program each year from 2022 through 2024.
- Your community doesn't receive funding directly from MnDOT.
- Your community receives help from a selected consultant. We don't require the community to provide matching funds.
- The consultant provides monthly reports, and we review them to ensure progress on plans.
- For more information, see the Active Transportation Program Planning Assistance guide (PDF)
Timing of planning assistance
- Round 1: Begin work in fall 2022, and finish by June 2023
- Round 2: 2023
- Round 3: 2024
- Federally recognized tribal nations
- Regional development organizations
- Metropolitan planning organizations
- Nonprofit organizations and other groups (with letter of support from local government who will own the plan)
Multiorganization collaborative applications are also welcome through this solicitation.
Draft your application
You may want to use a draft application (Word) to prepare your answers ahead of time.
Follow our application guidance
Finalize and submit your application
- Use your draft application to fill out the AT Planning Assistance application form.
- All applications must be submitted online.
- Deadline: Submit through the online form by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022
After you apply
We'll screen applications to ensure that they meet the following requirements:
- Submitted by the deadline
- Meet eligibility requirements
Classification by community population
Program administrators will group applicants by Legislative City designations (PDF) to accurately compare similar communities in lieu of dividing applicants by Metro and Greater Minnesota:
- First class: More than 100,000
- Second class: Between 20,001 and 100,000
- Third class: Between 10,001 and 20,000
- Fourth class: 10,000 or fewer
- We'll assign counties to a class based on their population.
- We'll assign the class of joint applications based on the largest applicant's population.
Review committees include internal MnDOT staff and partner agencies. External stakeholders from the Active Transportation Program Statewide Steering Committee provided guidance for scoring criteria, and the Active Transportation Program's Non-Infrastructure Advisory Committee recommends adoption of award decisions.
- We'll announce awards in summer 2022
- We'll implement contracts in fall 2022