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to Improve Bicycle Access and Routes

Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program

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Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)

LOI Date:

04/01/22

Deadline Date:

06/02/22 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, government entities, transit agencies, and planning organizations to improve bicycle routes and accessibility. Funding is intended for a wide range of bicycle network and connectivity development activities including design projects, bikeway infrastructure, and minor retrofits.

The grant program supports projects that maximize bicycle access and fill missing links in the state’s bicycle system, focusing on connecting bicycle-friendly trails and roads and enhancing last-mile connections to work, school, shopping, and transit. The Bikeways Program seeks to leverage past investments in bicycle facilities, complement existing State, local, and federal programs, and promote biking as a fun, healthy transportation alternative that is great for our environment.

To be eligible for funding through the Bikeways program, a project must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Access to Transit: Project is located within 3 miles of a rail transit station (or major bus transit hub);
  • Missing Links: Project provides or enhances bicycle access along missing trail links, as identified in MDOT’s statewide trail network vision document, “Maryland Trails: A Greener Way to Go,”;
  • County Priority: Project is identified as a transportation priority in a County’s most recent annual priority letter submitted to MDOT;
  • Sustainable Community: Project enhances bicycle circulation within or access to a Maryland Sustainable Community Area;
  • Main Streets: Project enhances bicycle circulation within or access to a designated Maryland Main Street;
  • Access to Low-Income Area: Project enhances bicycle circulation within or access to a Census Tract within which 50% or more of householders have incomes below 60% of area median income;
  • Access to Points of Interest: The project enhances bicyclist access to a major institution (e.g. university) or important tourist or heritage attraction or central business district (as evidenced by land uses)

The Bikeways Program awards grant funding to three general project types: Design, Minor Retrofit, and Constructions. For additional information about project types, see: https://www.mdot.maryland.gov/OPCP/Bikeways_Program_Overview.pdf#page=4

For a list of Applicable Design Standards and Guidelines please see: https://www.mdot.maryland.gov/OPCP/Bikeways_Program_Overview.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143486

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minor Retrofit: Maximum grant request is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Design projects and Minor Retrofit projects are expected to be completed within 2 years. Construction projects are expected to be completed within 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Maryland local governments, alone or in partnership with other jurisdictions or private organizations
- Maryland State Agencies
- Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
- Transit entities operating in Maryland
- Nonprofit organizations
- Federal public lands agencies

Ineligible Activities:
- Recreational route wayfinding
- Print or online maps
- Mountain bike trails or loop trails
- Sidewalks
- Education programs, brochures, and events, except that up to 10% or $10,000 of an award may be used for educational and promotional materials directly related to an infrastructure project
- Operations and maintenance of a bikeways project
- Right-of-way or easement acquisition (although expenditures may count towards matching funds in certain circumstances)

Pre-Application Information:

Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to inform the Bikeways Program of the organization’s interest in applying for Bikeways funding. Letters of intent may be submitted to MDOT by email until April 1, 2022.

The MDOT Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program will be accepting applications for the FY23 grant cycle between April 25 and June 2, 2022. Eligible organizations can follow a link to the Bikeways application on April 25. Applications are due at 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Grantees are required to provide a minimum of 20% of the Total Project Cost as a match. The matching fund contribution can be in the form of cash, an in-kind contribution, or a 3rd party contribution.

Bikeway information: https://www.mdot.maryland.gov/tso/pages/Index.aspx?PageId=89

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOIs to MDbikeways@mdot.maryland.gov.

Apply online (from April 25): http://marylandsha.force.com/rofas

MDOT
7201 Corporate Center Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Local: (410) 865-1000
Toll Free: 1- (888) 713-1414

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