MnDOT announces availability of $12.5 million in grants for Greater Minnesota community projects

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that communities, schools and their partners around the state are invited to apply for funding on local projects that enhance transportation goals.

The funding ($12.5 million in total) is available in federal funding through the Transportation Alternatives program in Greater Minnesota (each region has a sub-targeted fund). This program offers a competitive grant for communities, schools and regional agencies to fund pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more.

For the 2023-24 solicitation, applicants first submit a letter of intent to be considered. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project proposal and the steps necessary for delivering a funded project. Applicants will then submit a full grant application.

Projects selected for the Transportation Alternatives program must be implemented in 2028.

Grant solicitation timeline:

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 – Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.
  • Friday, Jan. 12, 2024 – Deadline for applicants to submit full applications.
  • Monday, April 15, 2024 – Grant recipients announced.

For grant details see the Transportation Alternatives website at