Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Reconnecting Communities

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Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Program

Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods is a combination of two major discretionary grant opportunities. The Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) and Neighborhood Access and Equity (NAE) Programs.

USDOT has combined these two programs into a single NOFO to provide a more efficient application process for project sponsors. While they remain separate programs for the purposes of award, the programs share many common characteristics, including:

  • Prioritizing disadvantaged communities,
  • Aiming to improve access to daily destinations such as jobs, education, healthcare, food, and recreation,
  • Fostering equitable development and restoration, and
  • Reconnecting communities by removing, retrofitting, mitigating, or replacing highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, including to mobility, access, or economic development