MDOT SHA Logo Deadline is May 15 for Grant Applications for Non-Traditional Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program (April 19, 2023) - As part of continuing efforts to expand bicycle and walking opportunities throughout the state, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is accepting applications for two grant programs for the 2024 fiscal year – the Transportation Alternatives Program and the Recreational Trails Program. Applications for both programs are being accepted through 11:59 p.m. May 15, 2023. Administered by the State Highway Administration, the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails programs distribute reimbursable grants that match federal funds with local funds or in-kind contributions to implement transportation-related community projects or trail projects. Government-sponsored community groups, local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit authorities, school districts, natural resource or public land agencies, education agencies, tribal governments and nonprofits are eligible to apply. Together with its partners at Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the State Highway Administration will award more than $20 million this fiscal year. The Transportation Alternatives Program funds projects for on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, converting abandoned railway corridors to pedestrian trails, mitigating highway runoff, and Safe Routes to School Projects. For details and to apply, visit the Transportation Alternatives Programs webpage or contact Christy Bernal, the State Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives Program manager, at 410-545-5659, 1-888-204-4828, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Recreational Trails Program focuses on construction, enhancement, repair and maintenance of trails and trail-related facilities. For information and to apply for this grant program, visit the Recreational Trails Program webpage or contact Cheryl Ladota by email at email@example.com or 410-545-8552. Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program In addition to the Transportation Alternative and Recreational Trails programs, the MDOT Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program will accept applications between May 1 and June 1, 2023. This program offers grant support for a range of bicycle network development activities, including projects that maximize bicycle access, fill missing links in the state’s bicycle network and enhance last-mile connections to work, school, shopping and transit. Applications for the FY 2024 Kim Lamphier Bikeways program will be due from May 1 to 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 1. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is on the program website here.