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Which Federal Program is Right for My Bicycle Project?

Want to know which federal funding progam is right for your bicycling or walking project? Check out this federal program factsheet from our friends at America Bikes!

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fundingAlliance for Walking and Biking

Thanks to remarkable support from SRAM, Planet Bike, Bikes Belong, and 42 below, the Alliance for Biking & Walking is pleased to provide approximately $225,000 in grants to member organizations annually. The Advocacy Advance Grants are one-year grants, awarded twice a year (Spring and Fall) to start up organizations and innovative campaigns to dramatically increase biking and walking. Through the Advocacy Advance partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance will provide necessary technical assistance, coaching, and training to supplement the grants.


Established in 1975, The DALMAC Fund made its first contribution to bicycling in Michigan by donating a tandem bicycle to Lansing's St. Vincent Home for Children in 1976. This was a modest start toward realizing the vision of Dick Allen, the originator of DALMAC. Since then, DALMAC's success has allowed the Fund to grant over $500,000 to a variety of bicycling activities in Michigan ranging from safety and education programs to bicycle trail development.

Application for funds may be submitted between January 1 and March 15. All applications are reviewed by The DALMAC Fund Committee of TCBA. Grants must be approved by the TCBA Board of Directors and Dick Allen. Grants are made between June and August. Applicants will be notified about the disposition of their request.

Bikes Belong

Bikes Belong, a national coalition of bicycle suppliers and retailers, provides grants to organizations and agencies within the United States that are committed to "putting more people on bicycles more often." Fundable projects include paved bike paths and rail-trails as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.

The Bikes Belong Grants Program funds projects in the categories of facilities and advocacy. For the facilities category, Bikes Belong will accept applications from nonprofit organizations whose missions are bicycle and/or trail specific. Bikes Belong will also accept applications from public agencies and departments at the national, state, regional, and local levels; however, these municipalities are encouraged to partner with a local bicycle advocacy group that will help develop and advance the project or program. For the advocacy category, Bikes Belong will only fund organizations whose primary mission is bicycle advocacy.

New organizations that are not yet legally nonprofit organizations may submit an application with the assistance of another nonprofit that has agreed to serve as fiscal agent. Bikes Belong will not fund individuals. Because of the program's limited funds, it rarely awards grants to organizations and communities that have received Bikes Belong funding within the last three years.

Applicants can request up to $10,000 each.

Bikes Belong reviews applications on a quarterly cycle. Applications are only accepted via email.

Safe Routes to School

In August, 2005, the Federal-aid SRTS Program was created by Section 1404 of the federal transportation bill, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient,Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users Act (SAFETEA-LU). Housed in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety, the SRTS Program is funded at $612 million over five Federal fiscal years (FY 2005–2009). Search a list of federally funded projects by state.

FHWA apportions SRTS funding annually to each State in conjunction with Federal-aid highway apportionments.

The national SRTS Program is federally funded, but managed and administered by each State Department of Transportation (DOT). It is the responsibility of each State to appoint a fulltime SRTS Coordinator, to develop a State SRTS program, and to disperse funds to local programs in accordance with State policies and any applicable Federal law.

Although some parameters have been spelled out in the legislation, States may structure their program in ways most suitable to their needs. States may also provide their own funds. For information on a specific State, please visit State SRTS Contacts. For more information on the Federal Safe Routes to School Program, including FHWA Program Guidance, please visit the Federal SRTS Program Web site.

Act 51 Section 10k

Public Act 51 of 1951 (Act 51) governs state appropriations for most Michigan transportation programs. MCL 247.660k also known as Section 10k in Act 51 requires road agencies spend not less than 1% of their Michigan Transportation Funds (MTF) on non-motorized transportation services of facilities. LMB advocates to for the protection and expansion of the 1% nonmotorized expenditure requirement. Learn more.

Section 402 – State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program

Section 402, the State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program, is a federal program that provides funds for education, enforcement and research programs designed to reduce traffic crashes, deaths, injuries, and property damage.

Under Section 402, bike and pedestrian safety programs are eligible to receive funding. In many states, Section 402 is overlooked as a funding source and is rarely used for bike and pedestrian projects. The following document provides a detailed outline of the Section 402 program and provides requirements and strategies for accessing these funds for bike and pedestrian safety programs.

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Highway Safety Improvement Program

The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) program that funds highway safety projects aimed at reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries. Though bicycle and pedestrian projects are eligible for funding, HSIP has been largely overlooked as a resource for these projects. In fact, many states have failed to spend a majority of their safety money. Recognizing this discrepancy, the following document outlines the HSIP funding process and describes how these funds can be harnessed for bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects.

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Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Plan (CMAQ)

CMAQ funds transportation projects that improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion in areas that do not meet air quality standards. In 2009, 24 states did not spend their CMAQ funds on bicycle and pedestrian projects. However, states that funded bike/ped spent an average of 12 percent of their CMAQ funds on them. Read the whole CMAQ report. If you have stories of successful efforts to reform the CMAQ funding criteria in a state or MPO to make it more bike and pedestrian friendly, please email Darren Flusche at darren (at) bikeleague.org.

Read full report (PDF)

Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program

41% of bicycle and pedestrian projects that are federally funding are done so through the Transportation Enhancement program. All bike/ped infrastructure that has a relationship to surface
transportation (as opposed to recreation alone) are elgible. Safety and educational programs for pedestrians and cyclists are also eligible.

Additional Resources:

America Bikes' Which Federal Program is Right for My Project?

Funding Resources and Grant Writing

MTGA's Trails Toolkit Funding Section includes information on funding sources, fundraising, grant writing, volunteer contributions, and community-mandated labor.


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