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Pedestrian Master Plan Appendix E

Potential Funding Sources for Pedestrian Improvements


Regional Trail Grant Program (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources):


The purpose of this grant is to promote the development of regionally significant trails. Cities, counties, and townships are eligible for the funding. The stipulation for this grant is that land acquisition and trail development is required to be outside of the metro area. This would mean that this grant could be used for providing regional connections to the City of Minneapolis. The complete application is due on February 28 of each year to be eligible for the next funding cycle. Reimbursement grant awards will be announced the following July. In most cases, projects must be completed by June 30, 2010.

Local Trails Connections Program (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources):


This grant is intended to promote relatively short trail connections between where people live and desirable locations, not to develop significant new trails. Projects eligible for inclusion within the program include land acquisition and trail development. All projects accepted for funding must result in a trail linkage that is immediately available for use by the general public. Local/area support must be demonstrated.

National Highway System (NHS):

These grants are intended for improvements to rural and urban roads that are part of the National Highway system. Construction of pedestrian walkways on land adjacent to the highway is eligible for funding. (Requires 20% local contribution)

Surface Transportation Program (STP):

The construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, resurfacing, restoration, and operational improvements of highways and bridges are eligible for this type of grant. The construction or reconstruction necessary to accommodate other transportation modes also is included. As part of this grant, pedestrian walkways and modifications to sidewalks can be built. Projects do not have to be located within the right of way of a federal aid highway. It should be noted that ADA accommodations are to be integrated in all pedestrian projects, regardless of the amount of Federal, state, or local funding sources. (Requires 20% local contribution)

Interstate Maintenance (IM):

This grant provides funding for the resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating, and reconstruction of routes on the Interstate system. Funds may be used for pedestrian facilities, such as grade-separated crossings. (Requires 10% local contribution)

Transportation Enhancements (TE):

The transportation enhancements program provides funding for twelve specific categories of projects. Among these twelve categories are education and safety programs for pedestrians, rail-to-trails, streetscape enhancements, "main street" improvements, all of which benefit the pedestrian environment. (Does not require local contribution, although some local match is desirable)

Highway Bridge Replacement and Repair Program (HBRRP):

This federal grant can be applied to replacing and rehabilitating deficient highway bridges and to retrofit bridges located on any public road. Pedestrian walkways can be included as part of these projects. (Does not require local contribution, although some local match is desirable)

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP):

The purpose of the HSIP grant is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on public roadways. Improvements for pedestrian safety are eligible for funding. (Requires 10% local contribution)

Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ):

The intent of this grant is to provide funding for projects in non-attainment areas that help to reduce transportation related emissions. Non-motorized facilities can be constructed with grants from this program. (Requires 20% local contribution)

National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP):

This program provides funding for the construction along a scenic byway of a facility for pedestrians and improvements to a scenic byway that will enhance access to an area for the purpose of recreation. Construction includes the development of the environmental documents, design, engineering, purchase of right-of-way, land, or property, as well as supervising, inspecting, and actual construction. (Requires 20% local contribution)

Recreational Trails Program:

This federal program provides funding for recreational trails and associated facilities that accommodate both motorized and non-motorized users. Eligible categories include construction, maintenance, and assessments. (Sliding scale, requires no less than 5% local contribution)

Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program (TCSP):

This program provides funding for a comprehensive program including planning grants, implementation grants, and research to investigate and to address the relationships among transportation and community and system preservation plans and practices and to examine private sector based initiatives. (Requires 20% local contribution)

Safe Routes to School (SRTS):

Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) is administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). SRTS uses a multidisciplinary approach to improve conditions for students who walk or bike to school. The program has three main goals:

• To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school

• To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and

• To facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity (within 2 miles) of both public and private primary and middle schools (grades K-8).

In 2007, $695,000 was provided for traffic and pedestrian safety improvements through SRTS. (Requires no local contribution)

Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP):

The purpose of this program grant is to demonstrate the extent to which walking can carry a significant portion of the transportation load, as well as represent a major portion of the transportation solution. In 2005, the Minneapolis/St. Paul region was chosen as one of four regions in the nation to pilot the NTPP and split the $100 million in authorized funds. A total of $7.3 million was approved in 2007 for planning and construction projects, of which this master plan is a part. (Requires 20% local contribution)

National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program:


This program is part of the community assistance branch of the National Park Service. Technical assistance is provided to local, state, and federal government agencies in order to conserve rivers, to preserve open space, and to develop trails and greenways. The program can be applied to urban settings. Example projects include the conversion of abandoned railroad rights-of-way, stream restoration, and riverfront development.

National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)


The LWCF program provides matching grants to States and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The program is intended to create and maintain a nationwide legacy of high quality recreation areas and facilities and to stimulate non-federal investments in the protection and maintenance of recreation resources.

America’s Historic Places


The National Endowment for the Humanities supports public programs that use one or more historic sites to address themes and issues central to American history. Projects can include single historic sites, whole neighborhoods, or towns. The City of Minneapolis currently has historic walking tours. This grant can be used to supplement these activities and to develop these programs more fully. In particular, funding for this grant is provided to organizations/agencies that collaborate with multiple institutions.



Safe Kids Walk This Way


The Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created this program to teach safe behavior to motorists and children. The intent of the program is to create safe, walkable communities. The goal of the initiative is preventing pedestrian-related injury to children. As part of this program, FedEx volunteers reach out to families in hundreds of communities throughout the United States. The program works by forming partnerships with individual community liaisons including public officials, public agencies, community organizations and parents.

Livable Communities Demonstration Account Grants


The Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) funds development and redevelopment projects that achieve connected development patterns linking housing, jobs and services, and maximize the development potential of existing infrastructure and regional facilities. Funded projects include a variety of small-scale and large-scale developments throughout the region, serving as destinations for daily activities, such as work, errands, shopping and entertainment.

Hennepin County Transit-Oriented Development Grants

Transit Oriented Developments (TOD) supported with this funding, must be in redevelopment areas, have multi-jurisdictional impacts, and enhance transit usage. The criteria and guidelines for this fund are designed to support both redevelopment and new construction. Funding is only available to those multi-jurisdictional programs and projects that occur within or directly adjacent to Hennepin County Transit Corridors, and/or where transit services supporting county strategies are taking place. Eligible multi-jurisdictional projects must be located in either a county or local redevelopment area or housing district. 

Last updated Mar 2, 2020



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