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$7.5M available in grants from MnDOT for local community projects

Minnesota communities, schools and their partners in greater Minnesota are invited to apply for funding for projects that enhance local transportation goals, according to the Minnesota Department of Education.

Through the Transportation Alternatives solicitation, a total of $7.5 million will be available; a competitive grant for communities, schools and regional agencies to fund pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more.

To apply, applicants must submit a letter of intent describing key components of their project. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project purpose and the steps necessary for delivering a federally funded project. Local communities and regional agencies will then submit a full grant application.

Grant solicitation timeline:

• Oct. 31 — Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.

• Jan. 12 — Deadline for applicants to submit full applications.

• April 16 — Grant recipients announced.

For grant details, visit the Transportation Alternatives website at