Grant Guide

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)

Transportation Alternative Grants


This program supports infrastructure projects that promote alternatives to automobile transit (i.e. biking/walking/transit), recreational trails, safe routes to school, and scenic byways.

Application & Review Process

Deadline: November 3, 2023 (Letter of Intent)

Applicants must submit a letter of intent describing their project. The regional representative will work with applicants through the full application process. Projects are evaluated on their connection to statewide and regional plans, their transportation purpose, their connection to safe routes to school, and the feasibility of being completed on schedule.

Funding Amount

$100,000 – $1,000,000

The grantee must cover at least 20% of total projects costs with state or local funds.



Design, planning, and construction of facilities for non-motorized forms of transportation; environmental mitigation; safe routes to school development; historic preservation; recreational trail development; stormwater management.

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A state aid city or county must be a sponsor. Eligible applicants include local government, transit agency, public land agency, school district, tribal government, or nonprofit entity.

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Land Type & Geography

Projects within Minnesota and outside of the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.

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Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award

FY19 Project Distribution

Past Award Examples

$227,000Construct bike/pedestrian bridge over the Mississippi River for the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway.
$285,597Construct multi-use trail to connect neighborhoods with the city’s trail network.
$427,106Construct 4.5 mile multi-purpose trail connecting St. Cloud to Clearwater.
$600,000Construct shared-use trail segment to connect Irving Park to Keene Creek Park.
$960,000Construction of trail and bridge for a portion of the Blazing Star State Trail.

The information about this grant was last updated on 1/21/2021. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.