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Funding Programs

Leveraging funds from all available sources is crucial to developing an effective transportation system for all users. This page will inform local governments and transportation advocates about the funding options available to communities, including:

The funding information listed on this page is tailored to New Jersey. If you are visiting this page from another state, you should confirm details with your state DOT, as requirements may differ from state to state.

This page includes funding programs available to entities within the SJTPO region. Though SJTPO’s funding programs are included, SJTPO is not the main contact for most of these programs. Questions should be directed to the agency that is responsible for managing that program. If you see errors or know of additional programs, please contact us at info@sjtpo.org or (856) 794-1941.


Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)” was signed into law on November 15, 2021. The law provides $550 billion over fiscal years 2022 through 2026 in new Federal investment in infrastructure, including roads, bridges, mass transit, water infrastructure, resilience, and broadband.

On the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) website, you can


How SJTPO Can Help

The IIJA also offers a host of funding opportunities for local governments to improve mobility for residents which can bolster local economies and quality of life. As the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, SJTPO has a central role in ensuring that the region can take full advantage of the funding and programs in the IIJA. To be eligible for this funding, all projects will have to be approved by the Policy Board for inclusion in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

SJTPO can assist in coordinating and helping with grant applications and submissions, including:

  • Providing letters of support indicating that proposed activities are consistent with the regional transportation plan, RTP 2050
  • Providing data on regional travel or directing applicants to appropriate data sources
  • Providing information on related or complementary activities in the region
  • Providing assistance on strategies to address planning issues, conduct outreach, and assess equity and environmental impacts.

SJTPO urges local governments or other organizations to contact SJTPO and keep us informed regarding proposed applications for IIJA funding. This will ensure all concerned parties throughout the region can support and coordinate activities and realize the greatest benefits for the region’s residents.


IIJA Updates

There are many new funding programs created as a result of the IIJA. Many of these programs have not yet been fully implemented and are thus not yet available for applications. SJTPO will post updates related to the IIJA here. Check back periodically for more information.

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Dec. 6, 2022 (deadline): Thriving Communities Technical Assistance for IIJA Grants Available – The Thriving Communities program will provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity-building support to support communities in applying for and using IIJA grants. The program is focused on supporting under-resourced and disadvantaged urban, rural, and Tribal communities. A Letter of Intent (LOI) to receive technical assistance must be submitted by December 6 as discussed here. This program is a $30 million collaboration between the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Separately, USDOT is seeking applicants to become technical assistance providers with a deadline of Nov. 22.

October 13: Action Plan to Accelerate Infrastructure — The White House released a fact sheet in conjunction with its Accelerating Infrastructure Summit to focus attention on, and fast-track, innovation in the delivery of infrastructure investments in America. The plan complements the Permitting Action Plan released in May 2022 by focusing on new approaches and expanding successful efforts to accelerate project planning, design, procurement, and construction.

October 13: Public Involvement Guide — The USDOT released the guide for funding recipients and partners that conduct public involvement in transportation. It provides promising practices and concrete examples of what constitutes meaningful public involvement to help address the barriers to inclusion in transportation decision-making. It follows through on a commitment to the Department’s Equity Action Plan. More information about the guide and planned training is on this website.

September 19: Advanced Transportation Technologies and Innovative Mobility Deployment (ATTIMD) Program — This NOFO was issued September 19  with a deadline of November 18 for grants to state and local governments and others to deploy, install, and operate advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, mobility, efficiency, system performance, intermodal connectivity, and infrastructure return on investment. This program, also known as Advanced Transportation Technologies and Innovation (ATTAIN), includes technologies for improving transportation access; emergency evacuation and response; connected vehicle safety systems; advanced parking reservation or variable pricing systems; integrated corridor management; and more. An information webinar is planned.

September 19: Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Info — The NOFO for this grant was issued on September 16. The SMART Grants Program funds purpose-driven innovation to build data and technology capacity and expertise for State, local, and Tribal governments. Communities should target their real-world challenges where the use of new technologies and approaches can create benefits. Applications are due November 18.

August 23: USDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have updated its matrix of competitive grant programs. The matrix illustrates grant programs broadly, organized by applicant type, and lists grant programs (rows) which can be matched with the potential applicant (column) the program can fund.

May 19: Technical Assistance Guide for Infrastructure Resources — The White House released a technical assistance guide to help state and local governments navigate, access, and deploy infrastructure resources in the IIJA. It identifies over $700 million in dedicated funding across more than 65 technical assistance programs. The announcement of the Guide includes links to non-governmental resources and assistance including: Local Infrastructure Hub; Accelerator for America; and Climate Jobs National Resource Center.

April 22: Summary of Federal Funding for EV Charging Infrastructure — This 16-page publication summarizes the various federal programs that fund and support expansion of electric vehicle charging, focusing on the National Highway System.

April 21: Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) — This new program provides $6.4 billion in formula funding for states and localities over five years. It will fund a wide range of projects designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from on-road highway sources — from installing infrastructure to support the electrification of freight vehicles or personal cars, to constructing Bus Rapid Transit corridors, to facilitating micro-mobility and biking. Under the CRP, states must also develop carbon reduction strategies in consultation with Metropolitan Planning Organizations.March 30:Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Guidance — FHWA has issued a memorandum providing background information and guidance to clarify eligibility, transfer, and other program requirements. The program funds many smaller-scale but critically important multimodal transportation projects at both the State and local levels including pedestrian and bicycle facilities; construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas; community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management; environmental mitigation; safe routes to school projects; and vulnerable road user safety assessments, among others. It is a key program for helping states build complete streets.


Federal Programs

Federal programs play a critical role in funding local projects that improve transportation infrastructure in the SJTPO region. These programs are highly competitive and usually provide funding for large-scale projects.  Federal transportation funds are awarded through NJDOT or one of the state’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).

In addition, there is a myriad of additional grant and funding opportunities. Additional information is available via the websites, below:

Highway and Multimodal Programs

Transit Programs

Urbanized Area Formula Grants (Section 5307)

The Urbanized Area Formula Funding program (49 U.S.C. 5307) makes federal resources available to urbanized areas and to governors for transit capital and operating assistance in urbanized areas and for transportation-related planning. An urbanized area is an incorporated area with a population of 50,000 or more that is designated as such by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.

For urbanized areas with 200,000 in population and over, funds are apportioned and flow directly to a designated recipient selected locally to apply for and receive Federal funds. For urbanized areas under 200,000 in population, the funds are apportioned to the governor of each state for distribution.

Eligible activities include planning, engineering, design, and evaluation of transit projects and other technical transportation-related studies; capital investments in bus and bus-related activities such as replacement, overhaul and rebuilding of buses, crime prevention and security equipment, and construction of maintenance and passenger facilities; and capital investments in new and existing fixed guideway systems including rolling stock, overhaul and rebuilding of vehicles, track, signals, communications, and computer hardware and software. In addition, associated transit improvements and certain expenses associated with mobility management programs are eligible under the program. All preventive maintenance and some Americans with Disabilities Act complementary paratransit service costs are considered capital costs.

Applications are submitted through Grants.gov.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 10%/20%

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities, Transit Agencies

Project Category:
Safety, Transit Capital, Vehicles, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Computer Hardware/Software, Communications Equipment, Mobility Management, Transit Center Facility, Transit Operating, Planning

Project Activities:
Planning, Engineering, Design, studies, Capital Investments, Computer Hardware and Software.

Program Website

Passenger Ferry Grant Program (Section 5307)

The Passenger Ferry Grant program (49 U.S.C. 5307(h)) is a subset of the general 5307 Program that provides competitive funding for projects that support passenger ferry systems in urbanized areas. These funds constitute a core investment in the enhancement and revitalization of public ferry systems in the nation’s urbanized areas. Funds are awarded based on factors such as the age and condition of existing ferry boats, terminals, and related infrastructure; benefits to riders, such as increased reliability; project readiness; and connectivity to other modes of transportation.

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 10-20%

Eligible Applicants:
Designated Recipients, Eligible Direct Recipients of Section 5307, States, Tribal Governments

Project Category:
Equipment, Infrastructure

Project Activities:
Repair and Modernize Ferry Boasts, Terminals, and Related Facilities and Equipment.

Program Website

Capital Investment Grant (Section 5309)

The Capital Investment Grant (CIG), or Section 5309, is FTA’s primary grant program for funding major transit capital investments including heavy rail, commuter rail, light rail, streetcars, and bus rapid transit. It is a discretionary grant program and requires projects seeking CIG funding to complete a series of steps over several years to be eligible for funding.

For New Starts and Core Capacity projects, the law requires completion of two phases in advance of receipt of a construction grant agreement – Project Development and Engineering. For Small Starts projects, the law requires completion of one phase in advance of receipt of a construction grant agreement – Project Development.

Applications are submitted through Grants.gov.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities, Transit Agencies, Port Authorities

Project Category:
Road, Bridge, Transit Capital, Vehicles, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Transit Center Facility

Project Activities:
Design and construction

Program Website

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310)

This program (49 U.S.C. 5310) provides formula funding to states to assist private nonprofit groups in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meet these needs. Funds are apportioned based on each state’s share of the population for these two groups. Formula funds are apportioned to direct recipients; for rural and small urban areas, this is the state Department of Transportation, while in large urban areas, a designated recipient is chosen by the governor.

This is a federally funded program administered in New Jersey by NJ TRANSIT. While there is an annual solicitation for Section 5310 projects, it is not ongoing. Solicitation of Section 5310 funding typically occurs in October or November for that fiscal year.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 10-20%

Eligible Applicants:
States, Counties, Municipalities, Non-Profits, Transit Agencies

Project Category:
Transit Vehicles, Transit Services, Travel Training

Project Activities:
Transit Operations, Transit Services

Program Website

Formula Grants for Rural Areas (Section 5311)

The Formula Grants for Rural Areas or Section 5311 program provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to states to support public transportation in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000. In New Jersey there are seventeen designated rural areas based upon county boundaries. NJ TRANSIT will make funds available to each of the designated coordinated transportation providers, municipalities, where applicable, or other interested parties.  

Eligible recipients include states and federally recognized Indian Tribes. Subrecipients may include state or local government authorities, nonprofit organizations, and operators of public transportation or intercity bus service.

Eligible activities include planning, capital, operating, job access and reverse commute projects, and the acquisition of public transportation services.

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20-50%

Eligible Applicants:
Direct: States, Tribal Governments
Subrecipients: Counties, Municipalities, Transit Agencies, Authorities, Non-Profits

Project Category:
Transit Capital, Vehicles, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Computer Hardware/Software, Communications Equipment, Mobility Management, Transit Center Facility, Transit Operating, Planning

Project Activities:
Planning, Operating, Transportation Services

Program Website

Public Transportation Innovation (Section 5312)

This program provides funding to develop innovative products and services assisting transit agencies in better meeting the needs of their customers.

Eligible recipients may include universities, public transportation systems, state DOTs, and non-profit and for-profit entities, amongst others.

Eligible Activities include research, development, demonstration and deployment projects, and evaluation of technology of national significance to public transportation.

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match:
Federal Share may be up to 100%

Eligible Applicants:
States, Transit Agencies, Universities, Non-Profits, For-Profits, Various

Project Category:
Intelligent Transportation Systems, Computer Hardware/Software, Communications Equipment, Mobility Management

Project Activities:
Research and Development, Demonstration and Deployment Projects

Program Website

Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox Demonstration Program (Section 5312)

The Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox Demonstration Program is a subset of the Section 5312 Program. Funds projects that promote innovative business models to deliver high-quality, seamless, and equitable mobility options for all travelers.

This initiative is to explore strategies to improve people’s mobility and access to daily needs and evaluate outcomes and impacts on individuals and communities.  FTA’s efforts aim to support an equitable, integrated transportation system that meets transportation needs for low-income individuals and/or communities of need.

Eligible Activities are those that lead to the establishment of a research and demonstration program that will explore interventions to ensure mobility access and evaluate outcomes and impacts.

New Applicant Information

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
NA

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:
Data Collection, Studies, Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach, Equipment, Hardware, Software

Program Website

Transit Cooperative Research Program (Section 5312(i))

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is a subset of the Section 5312 Program that serves as a research program that develops near-term, practical solutions to problems faced by transit agencies. It promotes effectiveness and efficiency in the public transportation industry.

The TCRP conducts research designed to solve operational problems, adopt useful technologies from related industries, and introduce innovation that provides better customer service.

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Colleges and Universities, Federal Laboratories, Transit Agencies, MPOs, Non-Profits, For-Profits

Project Category:
Safety, Planning

Project Activities:
Research Service Provided, Transit Security Guidelines, Rail and Bus Certification Programs

Program Website

Technical Assistance & Standards Development (Section 5314(a))

This program provides funding for technical assistance programs and activities that improve the management and delivery of public transportation and the development of the transit industry workforce.

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
Federal, States, MPOs, Counties, Municipalities, Transit Agencies, Non-Profits

Project Category:
Transit Capital, Transit Operating

Project Activities:
Public Transportation Services, Workforce Development

Program Website

Human Resources & Training (Section 5314(b))

The Human Resources & Training, or Section 5314(b) program provides grants for human resource and workforce development programs as they apply to public transportation activities. Such programs may include Employment training; An outreach program to increase minority and female employment in public transportation activities; Research on public transportation personnel and training needs; and Training and assistance for minority business opportunities.

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20-50%

Eligible Applicants:
Colleges and Universities

Project Category:
Human Resources Training

Project Activities:
Training and Development, Workforce Development, Outreach, Research

Program Website

Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (5316)

The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program was established to address the unique transportation challenges faced by welfare recipients and low-income persons seeking to obtain and maintain employment. Many new entry-level jobs are located in suburban areas, and individuals with low incomes have difficulty accessing these jobs from their inner city, urban, or rural neighborhoods. In addition, many entry level-jobs require working late at night or on weekends when conventional transit services are either reduced or non-existent. Finally, many employment-related trips are complex and involve multiple destinations including reaching childcare facilities or other services.

Section 5316 funds are apportioned among the recipients by a formula that is based on the ratio that the number of eligible low-income and welfare recipients in each such area bears to the number of eligible low-income and welfare recipients in all such areas.

This is a federally funded program administered in New Jersey by NJ TRANSIT.  While there is an annual solicitation for Section 5316 projects, it is not ongoing. Solicitation of Section 5316 funding typically occurs in the spring of that fiscal year.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
States, Counties, Municipalities, Non-Profits, Transit Agencies, Private Transit Operators

Project Category:
Transit Vehicles, Transit Services, Travel Training

Project Activities:
Capital, planning, and operating expenses

Program Website

Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program (Section 5324)

This program provides funds for protecting, repairing, and/or replacing public transportation equipment and facilities that may suffer or have suffered serious damage due to an emergency. It can also fund evacuations, rescue operations, and emergency recovery.

The program can fund capital projects to protect, repair, or replace facilities or equipment that are in danger of suffering serious damage, or have suffered serious damage due to an emergency. The program can also fund the operating costs of evacuation, rescue operations, temporary public transportation service, or reestablishing, expanding, or relocating service before, during, or after an emergency.

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities, Transit Agencies, Authorities

Project Category:
Road, Bridge, Safety, Traffic Signal Upgrade, Transit Capital, Vehicles, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Computer Hardware/Software, Communications Equipment, Transit Center Facility, Transit Operating Planning, Resilience Efforts

Project Activities:
Various-Repair of Transit Equipment, Facilities

Program Website

State of Good Repair (Section 5337)

This program provides funding for maintenance, replacement, and rehabilitation of existing high-intensity fixed guideway and high-intensity motorbus systems to maintain a state of good repair. Additionally, State of Good Repair (SGR) grants are eligible for developing and implementing Transit Asset Management plans.

SGR Grants funds are available for projects to replace and rehabilitate rolling stock, track, line equipment and structures, signals and communications, power equipment and substations, passenger stations and terminals, security equipment and systems, maintenance facilities and equipment, operational support equipment, including computer hardware and software; as well as implement transit asset management plans.

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities, Transit Agencies

Project Category:
Road, Bridge, Safety, Traffic Signal Upgrade, Transit Capital, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Computer Hardware/Software, Transit Center Facility, Planning

Project Activities:
Replace and Rehabilitate Infrastructure, and Equipment

Program Website

The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (Section 5339)

The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339) makes federal resources available to states and directs recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.

Funding is provided through formula allocations and competitive grants. A sub-program, the Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program, provides competitive grants for bus and bus facility projects that support low and zero-emission vehicles.

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
States, Counties, Municipalities, Transit Agencies

Project Category:
Transit Capital, Vehicles, Transit Center Facility

Project Activities:
Rehabilitate and Purchase vehicles, Construct or Modify Transit Facilities.

Program Website

Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment (Section 5339(c))

The Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment (LoNo) Program provides funding for capital acquisitions and leases of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses. Also includes funding for the acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities.

Additionally, 0.5% of a request may be for workforce development training and an additional 0.5% may be for training at the National Transit Institute (NTI). Applicants for zero-emission vehicles must also spend 5% of their award on workforce development and training as outlined in their Zero-Emission Transition Plan unless the applicant certifies that their financial need is less.

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 10-15%

Eligible Applicants:
States, Counties, Municipalities, Tribal Governments

Project Category:
Transit Capital, Vehicles, Transit Center Facilities

Project Activities:
Vehicle Purchase / Leasing, Facility Acquisition, Construction, Leasing

Program Website

Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) Related Pilot Programs

The Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) strives to test new and innovative methods of coordinating human service transportation. One way the CCAM accomplishes this goal is through pilot program grants. The approach has enabled the CCAM to support projects that meet a range of human service transportation needs of people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals of low income while also testing new technologies and services.

These efforts include the following pilot programs:

  • Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility (2016-Current)
  • Veterans Transportation Community Living Initiative (2011-2012)
  • Mobility Services for All Americans (2005-2018)
  • United We Ride (2004)

FTA’s Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) is FTA’s system for awarding and managing grants and cooperative agreements. For more information, please visit the TrAMS page and sign up for email updates.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration

Match: Varies

Eligible Applicants:
Various

Project Category:
Safety, Transit Capital, Vehicles, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Computer Hardware/Software, Communications Equipment, Mobility Management

Project Activities:
Various

Program Website

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

There is competitive funding for § 5307 and § 5311 recipients and subrecipients that need additional assistance because of COVID

  • FTA will publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity,
  • Project selections will be announced on FTA’s website,
  • Funds under this program will be available only for operating expenses,
  • Recipients will be selected based on financial need. Eligible recipients will have expended at least 90% of their CARES Act funding.

Competitive Planning grants under § 5307

  • FTA will publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity
  • Funds will be made available for planning of public transportation associated with the restoration of services as the coronavirus public health emergency concludes.

For application information visit FTA (dot.gov)

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Various

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:
Operations

Program Website

FTA-Sponsored Technical Assistance Centers

FTA’s Technical Assistance and Workforce Development Program funds technical assistance projects through national nonprofit organizations across several areas to improve public transportation. These nonprofit partners and the work they do play a critical role in supporting public transit agencies to improve accessibility, accelerate innovative mobility practices and strategies, support rural communities, and leverage new transit technologies.

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Non-Profits

Match: Various

Eligible Applicants:
Transit Agencies

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:
Various

Program Website

Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program

This program funds projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail.

Eligible projects include:

  • Deployment of railroad safety technology
  • Capital projects for intercity passenger rail service
  • Capital projects that reduce congestion and facilitate ridership growth
  • Improve short-line or regional railroad infrastructure
  • Highway-rail grade crossing
  • Rail line relocation and improvement projects
  • Regional rail and corridor service development plans and environmental analyses
  • Enhance multimodal connections
  • safety programs
  • Research, workforce development, and training

Applications must be submitted via www.Grants.gov.

Funding Source:
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Match: May be as low as 0%

Eligible Applicants:
States, Counties, Municipalities, Rail Carriers, Research/Academic Institutions, Non-Profits, Tribal Governments, Various

Project Category:
Rail

Project Activities:
Capital, Equipment, Design, Studies, Workforce Training

Program Website

Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program

The TIFIA program provides credit assistance for qualified projects of regional and national significance. Many large-scale, surface transportation projects – highway, transit, railroad, intermodal freight, and port access – are eligible for assistance. Eligible applicants include state and local governments, transit agencies, railroad companies, special authorities, special districts, and private entities.

Historically, TIFIA has been a useful tool for large, complex transportation infrastructure projects that needed low-cost financing. With TIFIA Lite, experienced borrowers with strong credit and small, shovel-ready projects can access an expedited application process

Application information

Funding Source:
United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)

Match: Not Applicable (Loan Program)

Eligible Applicants:
Public or Publicly Sponsored Entity

Project Category:
Highway, Transit, Railroad, Freight, Ports

Project Activities:
Finance

Program Website

All Stations Accessibility Program

The All Stations Accessibility Program provides competitive funding to assist in the financing of capital projects to repair, improve, modify, retrofit, or relocate infrastructure of stations or facilities for passenger use, including load-bearing members that are an essential part of the structural frame; or for planning projects to develop or modify a plan for pursuing public transportation accessibility projects, assessments of accessibility, or assessments of planned modifications to stations or facilities for passenger use.

New Applicant Information

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
States or local governmental entities that operate legacy rail fixed guideway public transportation systems

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:
Planning, Construction

Program Website

Areas of Persistent Poverty Program

FTA’s Areas of Persistent Poverty (AoPP) Program supports projects that address the transportation challenges faced by areas of persistent poverty. In encouraging timely and efficient investment in public transportation, the AoPP program supports the President’s Build Back Better initiative to mobilize American ingenuity to build modern infrastructure and an equitable, clean energy future. AoPP supports increased transit access for environmental justice populations, equity-focused community outreach, and public engagement of underserved communities.

AoPP promotes planning, engineering, and technical studies or financial planning to improve transit services in areas experiencing long-term economic distress. It will also support coordinated human service transportation planning to improve transit service or provide new services such as rides to drug addiction recovery and treatment.

New Applicant Information

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 10%

Eligible Applicants:
Eligible Recipients or Sub-Recipients Under Sections 5307, 5310, or 5311

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:
Planning, Engineering

Program Website

Bus Exportable Power Systems (BEPS)

FTA’s Bus Exportable Power Systems (BEPS) program enables public transportation agencies, communities, and states to access resilient and flexible power options through hybrid electric bus fleet vehicles during major power disruptions. This program builds on BEPS technologies developed under FTA’s previous research grants that provided the ability to address a need for generating power immediately after natural disasters by transforming hybrid electric and fuel cell buses into mobile power generators.

The goals are to develop national interoperable BEPS standards – working with FTA, industry stakeholders, and technical partners – so that different manufacturers’ systems can use the same technology base and applications for BEPS solutions.

New Applicant Information

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Transit Agencies, Non-Profits, For-Profits, Consultants, States, Counties, Municipalities, MPOs, Research/Academic Institutions, Multijurisdictional Groups, Various

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:
Planning, Design, Specifications and Standards Development, Outreach

Program Website

Expedited Project Delivery (EPD) Pilot Program – Section 3005(b)

The EPD Pilot Program, authorized by Section 3005(b) of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), is aimed at expediting the delivery of new fixed guideway capital projects, small starts projects, or core capacity improvement projects. These projects must utilize public-private partnerships, be operated and maintained by employees of an existing public transportation provider, and have a federal share not exceeding 25 percent of the project cost.

The EPD Pilot Program streamlines project delivery of new transit infrastructure that meets program requirements. It encourages innovative partnerships and funding so projects can be completed more quickly.

New Applicant Information

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 75%

Eligible Applicants:
States, Counties, Municipalities

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:
Capital Projects, Core Improvements, Right of Way, Rolling Stock

Program Website

Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program – IIJA § 71102

The Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program provides competitive funding for projects that support the purchase of electric or low-emitting ferries and the electrification of or other reduction of emissions from existing ferries.

Eligible Recipients – Any eligible designated or direct recipient of FTA’s Urbanized Area Formula Program (Section 5307) or Formula Grants for Rural Areas (Section 5311) may apply.

Eligible Activities include capital projects such as the purchase of electric or low-emitting ferry vessels that reduce emissions by using alternative fuels or on-board energy storage systems and related charging infrastructure to reduce emissions or produce zero onboard emissions under normal operation.

New Applicant Information

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
Section 5307 & 5311 Recipients

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:
Capital

Program Website

Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program

This program provides funding through a competitive allocation process to states and transit agencies to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. The competitive allocation provides funding for major improvements to bus transit systems that would not be achievable through formula allocations.

New Applicant Information

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
States, Counties, Municipalities, Designated Recipients That Allocate Funds to Fixed-Route Bus Operators

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:
Facilities, Vehicles, Equipment

Program Website

Mobility, Access & Transportation Insecurity: Creating Links to Opportunity Research and Demonstration Program

Funds a research and demonstration effort to improve people’s access to affordable transportation, especially in areas that currently lack efficient and convenient transit options and measures the effect of reducing transportation insecurity through improved mobility access on people and their communities.

The Mobility, Access & Transportation Insecurity: Creating Links to Opportunity Research and Demonstration program lead will support FTA in establishing an initiative to explore strategies to improve people’s mobility and access to daily needs and evaluate outcomes and impacts upon individuals and communities.  FTA’s efforts aim to support an equitable, integrated transportation system that meets transportation needs for low-income individuals and/or communities of need.

New Applicant Information

Funding Source:
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Government Departments / Agencies, Colleges and Universities, Non-Profits, For-Profits

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:
Planning, engineering, public engagement, capital or operating expenses

Program Website

Railroad Crossing Elimination Grants

Local governments are eligible to compete for this new competitive grant to fund highway-rail or pathway-rail crossing improvement projects that focus on improving the safety and mobility of people and goods. This program supports projects that improve safety, economic strength and global competitiveness, equity, and climate and sustainability, consistent with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) strategic goals.

In addition to improving safety, the program funds projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are designed with specific elements to address climate change impacts. The program also supports projects that address environmental justice, particularly for communities that disproportionally experience climate change-related consequences.

Grants will not be awarded for amounts less than $1 million except for planning projects.

Funding Source:
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Match: 20%

Eligible Applicants:
States, Counties, Municipalities, Port Authorities, MPOs, Tribal Governments

Project Category:
Grade separation or closing of a rail crossing, track relocations, safety improvements at crossings, various

Project Activities:
Planning, Design, Construction

Program Website


State Programs

New Jersey provides dedicated state funding for infrastructure improvements through its Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The trust fund supports a wide range of funding programs to counties and municipalities for public road and bridge improvements. These include programs such as Municipal and County Aid, Bikeways, Transit Village, and Safe Streets to Transit. Funds from state grants are a great way to implement smaller-scale projects, such as building a stronger bicycle and pedestrian network. State programs do not have as many administrative requirements and are typically easier to administer when compared to Federal grants.

In addition, there is a myriad of additional grant and funding opportunities. Additional information is available via the websites, below: 

Bikeways Grant Program

The NJDOT Bikeways Grant Program promotes bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation and helps further New Jersey’s goal of creating 1,000 new miles of dedicated bike paths. These funds can also be used for the preliminary and final design of bicycle facilities in municipalities that are eligible for Urban Aid.

The construction of separated bicycle facilities is given priority in the selection process; however, the proposed construction of any bicycle facility will be considered for funding. Proposals are also evaluated based on the creation of new bikeway mileage, connectivity to existing bikeways, and community support.

Applications are submitted using the New Jersey SAGE System

Funding Source:
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities

Project Category:
Bikeways

Project Activities:
Design, Construction

Program Website

Municipal Aid

Municipal Aid is a state grant funded through the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The grant is provided to municipalities to supplement their transportation programs.

Projects funded by the grant must fall within seven categories, four of which can be used to implement bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. These categories are pedestrian safety improvements, construction of bikeways, quality of life improvements, and roadway safety. Though the grant is mainly used to implement road resurfacing programs, municipalities are encouraged to incorporate bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure into these projects and maximize the effectiveness of the Municipal Aid program at a low cost.

Applications are submitted using the New Jersey SAGE System

Funding Source:
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities

Project Category:
Pedestrian Safety, Quality of Life, Bikeways, Road Safety, Road Preservation, Bridge Preservation, Mobility

Project Activities:
Design, Construction

Program Website

County Aid

County Aid is a state grant disbursed to all New Jersey counties to complete projects improving roads and infrastructure within their Annual Transportation Program (ATP). The ATP is an annual list of transportation projects that are eligible for funding within the county.

County Aid funds are appropriated by the Legislature annually for the improvement of public roads and bridges under county jurisdiction. Public transportation and other transportation projects are also included.

As with Municipal Aid, County Aid is often used for routine roadway resurfacing and re-striping. County Aid funds are distributed on a formulaic basis.

Applications are submitted using the New Jersey SAGE System

Funding Source:
|New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Counties

Project Category:
Public Transportation, Road Improvements, Bridge Repair

Project Activities:
Design, Construction

Program Website

Local Aid Infrastructure Fund

The New Jersey Department of Transportation administers the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund (LAIF) to address emergency and regional needs throughout the state. Projects are selected as needed by the Commissioner of NJDOT. Applications for funding can be submitted on a rolling basis since projects are administered as needed.

Consideration is given to projects that are needed due to unforeseen circumstances such as safety improvements to critical bike and pedestrian locations, emergency bridge repair, and drainage failure.

Applications are submitted using the New Jersey SAGE System

Funding Source:
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities

Project Category:
Road Improvements, Bridge Repair, Pedestrian Safety, Bikeways

Project Activities:
Design, Construction

Program Website

Safe Streets to Transit

Safe Streets to Transit (SSTT) is an element of NJDOT’s comprehensive Pedestrian Safety Initiative.

This program provides funding to counties and municipalities in improving access to transit facilities and all nodes of public transportation. The objectives of the SSTT program are:

  • To improve the overall safety and accessibility for mass transit riders walking to transit facilities.
  • To encourage mass transit users to walk to transit stations.
  • To facilitate the implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety in the vicinity of transit facilities (approximately one-half mile for pedestrian improvements).

Applications are submitted using the New Jersey SAGE System

Funding Source:
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities

Project Category:
Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

Project Activities:
Design, Construction

Program Website

Transit Village

The Transit Village program provides funding to municipalities designated as Transit Villages by NJDOT and the inter-agency Transit Village Task Force.

Municipalities that demonstrate a commitment to revitalizing the area surrounding transit facilities into mixed-use neighborhoods are great candidates to pursue the Transit Village designation. Only designated Transit Villages are eligible to receive the grant. Examples of eligible projects include the replacement of curbs and sidewalks, installation of LED lighting, and creating signage to promote a bus terminal. These elements improve safety and security for those walking and biking to transit.

Any municipality interested in being designated a Transit Village should contact NJDOT’s district office.

Applications are submitted using the New Jersey SAGE System

Funding Source:
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities

Project Category:
Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects, Non-Traditional Projects.

Project Activities:
Design, Construction

Program Website

Local Bridges Future Needs Program

he New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Local Bridges Future Needs program provides funds for the improvement of county jurisdiction bridges. As part of its Statewide Capital Investment Strategy, the NJDOT is focusing on preventive maintenance, rehabilitation, and selective replacement of bridges. This program was initiated in recognition of funding needs that go beyond what is currently available at the local level.

It is recommended that applicants consult with the Manager of the Bureau of Structural Engineering to determine project eligibility for funding. Additional detailed information can be found in the Local Bridges Program Handbook.

Applications are submitted using the New Jersey SAGE System

Funding Source:
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Counties

Project Category:
Bridges

Project Activities:
Maintenance, Rehabilitation, and Replacement

Program Website

Local Freight Impact Fund

The Local Freight Impact Fund (LFIF) Grant Program is established to assist counties and local municipalities with the mitigation of impacts on the local transportation system associated with the State’s freight industry.

The LFIF is a competitive grant program. Projects submitted for consideration must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must demonstrate that the project will provide access to a port, warehouse distribution center, or any other freight node by providing a narrative and a map supporting their request
  • Projects must have a minimum 10% Large Truck Volume within the project limits. A traffic study must be submitted to support this information

Applications are submitted using the New Jersey SAGE System

Funding Source:
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities

Project Category:
Roads, Bridges, Systems,

Project Activities:
Pavement or Bridge Preservation, Truck Safety & Mobility, Construction

Program Website

Local Transportation Projects Fund

Subject to funding appropriation, the Local Transportation Projects Fund is established to address specific focused local transportation issues throughout the State.

All proposals for funding are approved at the discretion of the Commissioner. Approved projects are administered within the same guidelines as Municipal Aid.

Applications are submitted using the New Jersey SAGE System

Funding Source:
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities

Project Category:
Roads, Bridges, Systems

Project Activities:
Various

Program Website

Shore Protection Program

This is a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)-administered program with the intent to protect public and private property and infrastructure from coastal storm damage, erosion and shoreline migration, and sea-level rise. Projects include beach replenishment and construction and maintenance of bulkheads, jetties, and seawalls.

Eligible activities include funding for projects that are associated with the protection, stabilization, restoration, or maintenance of the shore, including monitoring studies and land acquisition, and must be consistent with the current New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan and Coastal Zone Management Program.

To learn more about application procedures, contact the program director:
NJDEP Division of Coastal Engineering
1510 Hooper Avenue, Suite 140
Toms River, NJ 08753
PH: (732) 255-0767

Funding Source:
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

Match: 25% of construction cost

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities

Project Category:
Resilience, Environmental Protection

Project Activities:
Beach replenishment, construction and maintenance of bulkheads, jetties, and seawalls

Program Website

Senior Citizen Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program (SCDRTAP)

The Senior Citizen Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program (SCDRTAP) is administered by NJ TRANSIT.  By law, an equivalent of 8.5% of the total tax collected on their gaming revenue is set aside for community transportation through this program.  Funding is distributed based on each county’s percentage of the State’s total population of persons aged 60 and over. 

The Senior Citizen & Disabled Residents Transportation Assistance Program funds capital, operating, and/or administrative expenses for locally coordinated paratransit services for senior citizens and people with disabilities. The program also funds accessibility improvements to NJ TRANSIT’s fixed route bus and rail system, the provision of technical assistance to the counties, and the administration of the statewide program.
Funds are distributed to Counties by NJ Transit.

Funding Source:
NJ TRANSIT

Match: None

Eligible Applicants:
Counties

Project Category:
Transit

Project Activities:

Program Website

Brownfields Impact Fund

Under the Brownfields Impact Fund, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will make low-interest loans available to for-profit organizations as well as low-interest loans and grant funding available to public sector and non-profit organizations.

These loans/grants will assist with cleanup and other pre-construction activities on brownfield sites throughout the state.

A site’s engineered remediation cap could include foundations/roadways.

Applications are submitted directly to New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Funding Source:
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)

Match: Fees Apply

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities, Non-Profits, For-Profits

Project Category:
Financing

Project Activities:
Construction

Program Website


Private Programs

Private and philanthropic funding sources also provide a great opportunity to improve mobility in New Jersey. There are two main sources of private funding:

  • Public-private partnerships
  • Direct grants from a private institution

Public-Private partnerships include grants administered by public entities, such as MPOs or NJDOT, but funded through private organizations. Sources of private funding can come from development impact fees and grants from private companies and organizations.

Resilient Communities Program

In 2017, Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) launched the Resilient Communities Program, designed to prepare for future environmental challenges by enhancing community capacity to plan and implement resiliency projects and improve the protections afforded by natural ecosystems by investing in green infrastructure and other measures.

Specific funding priorities for this program include:

  • High-impact resiliency adaptations to help communities prepare for sea-level rise on the Eastern seaboard
  • Community demonstration and capacity-building projects that help communities understand environmental risks and opportunities and organize and take actions to improve local resiliency by enhancing natural buffers and system functions
  • Scalable, nature-based resilience solutions benefiting affordable housing and/or small businesses in communities vulnerable to impacts from natural disasters

Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects in states and communities associated with Wells Fargo operations. Applications are submitted directly to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Funding Source:
Wells Fargo

Match:
Used to leverage other private and public funds

Eligible Applicants:
Counties, Municipalities

Project Category:
Resiliency Projects

Project Activities:
Plan and Implement Resiliency Projects

Program Website

William Penn Foundation

The William Penn Foundation is committed to the development of accessible and vibrant public spaces, and to protect the Delaware River watershed.

The Foundation has provided funding for trail development in South Jersey. It has funded a wide range of programs, including project design and implementation to marketing and technical assistance.

Application information is available via the William Penn Foundation’s How to Apply webpage

Funding Source:
William Penn Foundation

Match: None Listed

Eligible Applicants:
Communities

Project Category:
Public Space, Arts, Culture Experiences, Environment

Project Activities:
Design, Implementation, Marketing, Technical Assistance

Program Website

New Jersey American Water / Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) grant.

New Jersey American Water (NJAW) has been a participant in the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) grant. The NRTC program is a privately funded grant that supports the growth of distressed neighborhoods in New Jersey. While the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) administers the program and provides private businesses with an 80 percent tax credit for New Jersey state taxes in return for their investment in eligible low or moderate-income neighborhoods, the program also provides planning grants to support the creation of neighborhood plans.

The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (“NRTC”) is now accepting neighborhood plans. The “NRTC Neighborhood Plan Application Guidelines” provides instructions and forms for the preparation and submission of an NRTC neighborhood plan. Eligibility is limited to community-based non-profit organizations with federal 501(c)(3) status. To view and download this document, please visit the NRTC webpage.

Funding Source:
William Penn Foundation

Match: None Listed

Eligible Applicants:
Communities

Project Category:
Public Space, Environment

Project Activities:
Design, Implementation, Marketing, Technical Assistance

Program Website

Sustainable Jersey Small Grant Program

Sustainable Jersey strives to connect participating communities with financial and technical resources to complete actions and make progress towards a sustainable future. To that end, we directly offer multiple competitive grants and technical assistance opportunities funded by program underwriters and partner organizations each year. In addition, we maintain a funding database that includes other opportunities offered by a wide range of government agencies, foundations, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

Sustainable Jersey grants not only provide crucial financial support for projects that might otherwise not materialize but also enable towns to complete actions that contribute toward certification. Review the Actions page for ideas on possible projects.

Grant information can be found at:
Grants – Sustainable Jersey
Grants Program: grants@sustainablejersey.com

Funding Source:
Varies Foundations

Match: Varies

Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities

Project Category:
Varies

Project Activities:
Varies

Program Website

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provides funding to community institutions looking to improve health in their respective focus areas. One of RWJF’s focus areas is building healthy communities through supporting initiatives that improve the built environment and social determinants of health.

RWJF provides grants for a wide range of activities including planning and demonstration projects, policy analysis, research and evaluations, communication and coalition building, and technical assistance. South Jersey non-profits and municipalities could potentially request funding to support planning efforts directed towards active transportation infrastructure.

Funding Information:

Funding Source:
Varies

Match: Varies

Eligible Applicants:
Varies, Mostly Non-Profit & Public Agencies

Project Category:
Health, Active Transportation

Project Activities:
Varies

Program Website

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program is a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs, and services for New Jersey residents, business owners, and local governments to help them save energy, money, and the environment.

New Jersey is leading the way in electric vehicle (EV) adoption on the East Coast. The below programs are designed to encourage EV adoption in New Jersey, which is crucial to reaching a 100% clean energy future

  • Charge Up New Jersey,
  • EV Tourism,
  • Clean Fleet EV Incentive Program,
  • Approved Chargers and Network Service Providers

For additional information:

Funding Source:
Varies

Match: Not Listed

Eligible Applicants:
Agencies, Counties, Municipalities, Businesses, Residents

Project Category:
Electric Vehicles, Electric Vehicle Charging, Tourism

Project Activities:
Varies

Program Website

The National Coastal Resilience Fund

The National Coastal Resilience Fund invests in conservation projects that restore or expand natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, forests, coastal rivers and floodplains, and barrier islands that minimize the impacts of storms and other naturally occurring events on nearby communities.

The National Coastal Resilience Fund is a national program with a regional focus and targets specific circumstances, needs, and priorities. The National Coastal Resilience Fund aims to:

  • Benefit coastal communities by reducing the impact of coastal flooding and associated threats to property and key assets, such as hospitals and emergency routes.
  • Benefit fish and wildlife by enhancing the ecological integrity and functionality of coastal and inland ecosystems.

Apply for a Grant | NFWF

Funding Source:
Varies

Match: Not Listed

Eligible Applicants:
Varies

Project Category:
Coastal Flooding, Resiliency, Environmental Protection

Project Activities:
Varies

Program Website

New Jersey Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit

The New Jersey Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit provides a list of many programs and opportunities, ranging from $10,000 to $5 million, that can help fund green infrastructure projects. Sorting by project type, funding type, or eligible activities will narrow your search and make it easier to see and digest what’s available.

Funding Webpage

Funding Source:
Varies

Match: Not Listed

Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities

Project Category:
Varies

Project Activities:
Varies

Program Website

National Coastal Resilience Fund

The National Coastal Resilience Fund invests in conservation projects that restore or expand natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, forests, coastal rivers and floodplains, and barrier islands that minimize the impacts of storms and other naturally occurring events on nearby communities.

The National Coastal Resilience Fund is a national program with a regional focus and targets specific circumstances, needs, and priorities. The National Coastal Resilience Fund aims to:

  • Benefit coastal communities by reducing the impact of coastal flooding and associated threats to property and key assets, such as hospitals and emergency routes.
  • Benefit fish and wildlife by enhancing the ecological integrity and functionality of coastal and inland ecosystems.

Apply for a Grant | NFWF

Funding Source:
Varies

Match: Not Listed

Eligible Applicants:
Varies

Project Category:
Varies

Project Activities:
Varies

Program Website

New Jersey Green Infrastructure Toolkit 

There are many programs and opportunities listed on this website, ranging from $10,000 to $5 million, that can help fund green infrastructure projects. The website allows the user to sort by project type, funding type, or eligible activities. Some of the programs have an environmental-transportation connection:

Funding Source:
Various

Match:
Various

Eligible Applicants:
Various

Project Category:
Various

Project Activities:
Various

Program Website


Technical Support

Technical support is available to municipalities during the grant writing and application process. Many organizations in the region provide this service for the planning and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Below is a list of several local, regional, state, and national organizations providing technical support.

Resources

Cross County Connection TMA

www.driveless.com

Cross County Connection is the Transportation Management Association (TMA) for New Jersey’s seven southern counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem. Cross County Connection addresses mobility issues in the region to reduce the number of vehicles on state and local roadways and improve the quality of life in the region. Services provided include assistance to local governments with bicycle and pedestrian planning projects, shuttle bus planning projects, and more.

Cross County Connection is available to assist municipal and county governments with bicycle planning efforts by conducting bicycle and pedestrian crash analyses and safety audits, identifying funding sources for bicycle and pedestrian projects, assisting with the development of Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, and creating electronic and print bikeway maps utilizing GIS and GPS technology.

Grant Application Assistance: Cross County Connection also provides grant application review services to South Jersey municipalities. If you are a TMA member, Cross County Connection will also provide grant writing assistance.

For more information on how Cross County Connection can assist with bicycle and pedestrian planning, grant assistance, and member services, please call (856) 596-8228.

NJDOT Design Assistance Program

www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/localaid/

NJDOT offers a Design Assistance Program for both TA Set-Aside and SRTS grants. The program makes available consultant services to assist municipalities and counties in the design and development of their project. Recipients of TA Set-Aside and SRTS grants are eligible for this program. NJDOT provides several firms to assist with design.

Using the Design Assistance Program provides extra assistance to smoothly implement federally funded projects. Municipalities and counties will be reimbursed for eligible design costs that do not exceed $430,000 through the program.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

www.fhwa.dot.gov

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides stewardship over the construction, maintenance, and preservation of the Nation’s highways, bridges, and tunnels. FHWA also conducts research and aids state and local agencies to improve safety, mobility, and livability, and encourage innovation. Among their resources are bicycle and pedestrian planning guidance documents to support the implementation of best practices. Guidance documents address planning, design, regulations, funding, traffic control signage, and more.

New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center (NJBPRC)

www.njbikeped.org

NJBPRC assists public officials, transportation and health professionals, and the public in creating a safer and more accessible walking and bicycling environment. NJBPRC is managed by the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and is supported by the NJDOT with funding from FHWA.

New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center

www.saferoutesnj.org

The New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center also assists public officials, transportation and health professionals, and the public in creating a safer and more accessible walking and bicycling environment through research, education, and dissemination of information about best practices

in policy and design. Like NJBPRC, it is managed by VTC and is supported by NJDOT with funding from FHWA.

The New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center works with and coordinates the efforts of the SRTS Regional Coordinators at the state’s eight Transportation Management Associations (TMAs). Cross County Connection is the TMA responsible for South Jersey. The Resource Center’s website is a valuable source of information about the SRTS program in New Jersey.

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