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Greater Minnesota Transportation Alternatives Solicitation

Calendar year 2019-20 solicitation kicks off Oct. 1, 2019.

Background

The Transportation Alternatives Solicitation replaces the funding from historical programs including Transportation Enhancements, Scenic BywaysSafe Routes to School, and several other discretionary programs with a competitive program to be developed by states.

The structure and development of the Transportation Alternatives Solicitation is based on the outreach feedback MnDOT heard from our stakeholder process in 2013. View a full description of Minnesota’s principles and the outcome objectives for Transportation Alternatives that came out of that process below:

Calendar year 2019-20 process changes

For the 2019/20 application cycle, MnDOT is conducting a solicitation for the Transportation Alternatives program. Last year the Transportation Alternatives Program included a joint solicitation with the Safe Routes to School infrastructure program, but since there was no bonding bill during the 2019 legislative session, the Transportation Alternatives Program will not include the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure funding for this year. See guidance documents for Transportation Alternatives eligibility information.

Grant solicitation

Greater Minnesota

The Transportation Alternatives Solicitation is a competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more. Minnesota will be soliciting projects for approximately $6.2 million in available grant funding across the state where the total is sub-targeted to the seven area transportation partnerships.

ATP sub-targeted funds
Year ATP 1 ATP 2 ATP 3 ATP 4 ATP 6 ATP 7 ATP 8 Total
FY 2024 $900,000 $400,000 $1,600,000 $700,000 $1,200,000 $700,000 $700,000 $6,200,000

Greater Minnesota applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the key components of their project. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project proposal and the steps necessary for delivering a federally funded project prior to local communities and regional agencies submitting a full grant application. Full grant applications are available through the regional representatives (PDF).

Before submitting the letter of intent form, review the letter of intent worksheet to ensure you have the necessary information.

Solicitation materials
2019-20 solicitation timeline
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 – Announce Transportation Alternatives solicitation. Open letter of intent period.
  • Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 – Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.
  • Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 – Deadline for applicants to submit full applications.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – Deadline for ATPs to select TA projects. Grant recipients announced.

Metro area

The Transportation Alternatives solicitation for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington counties) is conducted by the Metropolitan Council and its Transportation Advisory Board. For more information about the Twin Cities solicitation, visit the Met Council website.

In other MPO areas, check with the MPO for specific timeline information.