From our friends at the Alliance for Biking and Walking, I recently learned the following:
America Bikes has recently been informed by the Department of Transportation that large bicycle and pedestrian projects are eligible and that organizations are encouraged to submit such projects for the TIGER discretionary grants in the stimulus package.
The TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) is a discretionary grant program in the stimulus that makes $1.5 billion dollars available to local governments and MPOs “to make grants for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.”
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has assured America Bikes that large and/or network-based bicycle projects, such as 2010 communities, are strong applicants and are encouraged to apply.
At a quick glance, the grant may not seem a good fit, but three of the five primary criteria for selection are livability, sustainability and safety –categories that bike/ped projects excel at – and the DOT has restated their ability to waive the $20 million minimum for a project that meets those criteria.
Applications are due September 15th.
We encourage Alliance groups to talk with their state or local governments about appropriate bike/ped projects for the TIGER Grant as soon as possible and to send any questions to TIGERGrants@dot.gov
Some additional resources that may help you:
Notice of Funding Availability: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-14262.pdf