There will be given a brief presentation about the new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) (solicitation is happening now)—how it has changed from the old Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways, and other programs into one new program. You’ll learn about the new rules and how to apply for funding. The presentation on TAP will be at 2:30 pm and the rest of the forum will be open house style to talk about the application process one-on-one or talk to other local experts about the programs described below.
This forum also gives you the opportunity to talk with MnDOT state aid staff from District 8 (Chippewa, Lac qui Parle & Yellow Medicine Counties—see note below for Big Stone and Swift Counties in District 4 below) regarding other opportunities to partner with MnDOT, such as the landscape partnership program. A new addition to this year’s forum is that Countryside Public Health staff will be there to talk with you about the third round of Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funding and how you can get involved with that as well as our region’s Safe Communities Coalition, which is a local extension of the statewide Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) initiative.
Additionally, if you are in MnDOT District 4 (Big Stone and Swift Counties), or you cannot make it on the 28th, there will be a similar open house at West Central Initiative Foundation in Fergus Falls (1000 Western Ave Fergus Falls, MN 56537) on Wednesday, October 23rd from 2 – 4 pm to discuss the Transportation Alternatives Program and the grant process. Although, anyone from any county may go to either open house/forum. They are open to all so you can pick the date and location that works best for you!
A few key things to keep in mind for the TAP funding:
This is a great opportunity to learn more about some great funding opportunities available to you that have changed or haven’t been available in our region for a while.