The federal transportation bill signed into law in November, 2021, increases funding in many established capital investment programs and includes new formula and competitive grant programs. This summary provides an overview of the bill and new programs, resource links, and the latest news and releases for funding opportunities.
DVRPC's Competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) seeks transportation-related projects that can help the region reduce emissions from mobile sources and meet National Clean Air Act standards. The program offers federal matching funds for projects in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties in New Jersey.
Funded by the William Penn Foundation, DVRPC has joined a nonprofit-led initiative called the Funding Navigator to assist municipalities and utilities in Southeastern Pennsylvania in accessing funding from the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) and other sources to identify, and implement water system improvement projects.
In an effort to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges, DVRPC's Municipal Bridge Retro-Reimbursement Program (MBRP) seeks to fund locally owned, structurally deficient bridge rehabilitation or replacement projects located within Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties by employing PennDOT's retro-reimbursement process.
This guide is intended to assist local and county governments, community groups and nonprofit organizations in the Delaware Valley Region to identify federal, state, county, and private sources of funding for locally initiated planning and development projects. Funding opportunities are listed by program, category, and eligibility requirements.
The Regional Trails Program, administered by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, with funding from the William Penn Foundation, aims to capitalize upon the region's rich network of "rights-of-ways" by providing funding for targeted, priority trail design, construction and planning projects that will promote a truly connected, regional network of multi-use trails throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.
The Safe Routes to Schools program is funded through the Federal Highway Administration's Federal Aid Program. Under the most recent legislation, funding does not provide for a standalone SRTS Program. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has elected to continue funding the SRTS program separately. The objectives of the SRTS Program are to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and to facilitate the development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of New Jersey's primary and middle schools (Grades K-8).
In December 2015, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was passed, renaming the previous TAP to the Set-Aside of the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program. Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TA Set-Aside) are Federal highway and transit funds set-aside under the Surface Transportation Program (STP) for community-based "non-traditional" projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation's intermodal transportation system.
The TCDI program is an opportunity for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to support local development and redevelopment efforts in the individual municipalities of the Delaware Valley that implement municipal, county, state, and regional planning objectives.
The purpose of TOP is to fund innovative projects to provide better access to more travel options in the Greater Philadelphia region. This Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program of projects and activities - guided by A New Route to Better Travel for All: The Regional TDM Plan - will help DVRPC and its planning partners better address growing transportation-related needs and challenges. Work with us to develop new ideas for getting around the region!