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Grants to Florida Agencies, Schools, Tribal Governments, and Nonprofits for Projects to Benefit Users of Non-Motorized Transportation

Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program


Agency
Local

GrantWatch ID#
142270

Funding Source
Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Florida: Palm Beach County

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/16/24 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Florida agencies, Tribal governments, nonprofits, schools, and school districts for projects to benefit users of non-motorized transportation in eligible communities. Applicants are required to participate in a pre-application meeting prior to applying. The purpose of the grant program is to help fund safe and connected infrastructure for non-motorized users in Palm Beach County.

This federal program, in agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is an annual competitive application process where projects are submitted to the TPA and then ranked and prioritized for funding.

Project Eligibility (Projects can be on and off the federal-aid roadway network.):

  • Sidewalks
  • Bicycle Infrastructure
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle signals
  • Traffic calming
  • Lighting and other safety-related infrastructure
  • Safe Routes to School (SRTS) for non-drivers, including safe routes to transit
  • Safe Routes to School (infrastructure and non-infrastructure, including SRTS Coordinator)
  • Recreation trails
  • Conversion of abandoned railroad corridors to trails for non-motorized users
  • Boulevard & main street projects that promote economic revitalization and follow “complete streets” principles
  • Historic Preservation
  • Transit-Oriented development (TOD) infrastructure is also eligible and encouraged, if it includes one of the above project categories. 

Landscaping may consist of up to 25% of the participating costs.

For more information about eligible projects, see starting here: https://palmbeachtpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/2024_TA_Program_Overview.pdf#page=3.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible entities include local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts, local education agencies, and tribal governments in Palm Beach County.

Eligible Project Applicant:
• Local Governments
• Regional Transportation Authorities
• Transit Agencies
• Natural Resource or Public Land Agencies
• School District, local education agencies, or schools
• Tribal Governments
• Any nonprofit entity (FAST ACT restricted to nonprofit entities “responsible for the administration of local safety programs”).
• Other local or regional governmental entity with oversight responsibility of
transportation or recreational trails the State determines eligible and consistent with the goals of 23 U.S.C. 213(c).

Ineligible
For information about ineligible projects, see starting here: https://palmbeachtpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/2024_TA_Program_Overview.pdf#page=3.

If >10% of adjacent landowners oppose the project, then the project will not be eligible.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: February 16, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Timeline:
- October 19, 2023 Program Kick-off. TPA Board approves program.
- October 20, 2023 Program Application Workshop. FDOT and TPA hold workshop to review program application, scoring criteria, schedule, and project implementation requirements. TPA distributes program overview and application information to local agencies and opens online application portal.
- November 6, 2023 – February 9, 2024: Pre-Application Meetings. Applicants participate in a required one-on-one meeting with TPA and FDOT representatives to discuss project specifics and clarify application requirements.
- February 16, 2024: Application Deadline. Applicants submit applications, including community letters of support, via online application portal by 5 p.m. TPA provides completed applications to FDOT.
- March 8, 2024 TPA Submits Project List and Tentative Ranking to FDOT. TPA submits tentative project rankings to FDOT for project feasibility and eligibility determination.

For a more extensive timeline, see https://palmbeachtpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/2024_TA_Program_Overview.pdf#page=6.

All applicants will be required to meet with TPA staff to discuss TA applications prior to submittal. Applicants can only submit applications discussed at the meeting.

Schedule your required pre-application meeting between November 14, 2023—February 9, 2024. Both in-person and virtual options are available.
- In-Person Meetings: https://calendly.com/ta-funding-program/pre-application-ip-meetings?month=2023-11
- Virtual Meetings: https://calendly.com/ta-funding-program/pre-application-v-meetings?month=2023-11

An applicant may submit a maximum of two (2) applications, with the exception of Palm Beach County who may submit a maximum of six (6) applications across all departments.

Any project that is directly adjacent to single-family residential lots that provide primary access to the impacted roadway must provide proof of public outreach and support. Applicants must provide the total number of impacted properties and if applicable, have >25% of all directly adjacent single-family landowners in support of the project and no more than 10% of adjacent landowners in opposition. If this requirement is not met, the project will be ineligible.

Grant funds are paid on a reimbursement basis.

Mapping Tool: https://palmbeachtpa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=a20a70110b29476abae5484817ad30f2

Recording of 2023 TA Funding Workshop - October 20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4778C0uKSc

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,100,000

Number of Grants
Palm Beach County may have up to three (3) projects included in the first round. Projects will be prioritized until funding is exhausted.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Grant Reimbursement Maximum: $1,500,000
- Grant Reimbursement Minimum: $250,000

Contact Information
Apply online: https://secure.blackcatgrants.com/Login.aspx?site=flgap

Program Contacts:
- Palm Beach TPA – Valentina Facuse
Lead Planner – Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator
VFacuse@PalmBeachTPA.org
561.725.0806

- FDOT – District 4 – Mya Williams-Gray
Local Program Administrator
Mya.Williams@dot.state.fl.us
954.777.4608

301 Datura Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Main: 561.725.0800
Fax: 561.475.2981
Email: Info@PalmBeachTPA.org

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