A Snapshot of Funding Sources for Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Planning, Design, and Construction

Transportation funding is one of the most complicated systems in the state. This list is not intended to be exhaustive and serves only as a jumping-off point for thinking about how to find money for costs associated with organizing and administration, campaigning, planning and engineering, building infrastructure, or operating programs.

Other Resources for Funding Information

If you’re pursing funding for organizing or campaigning, operating a program, for a study or plan, or an infrastructure project, we encourage you to contact Abby King at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

People For Bikes – Community Grant Program

PeopleForBikes generally holds 1-2 open grant cycles every year. PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs. For advocacy projects, we will fund staffing that is directly related … Continue reading


The Maine Walking School Bus Program

A Walking School Bus (WSB) is a healthy, safe, and cost-effective addition to a school transportation system in which groups of children walk to school each morning under the supervision of trained and vetted adult volunteers. This initiative provides funding … Continue reading


Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Coastal Community Grant Program

This is a planning assistance program only. Funds may be used for planning, development of regulatory and non-regulatory policies and programs, project implementation, outreach and education. Funds are not available for land acquisition or construction. This program awards $185,000 in … Continue reading


DOT Municipal Partnership Initiative (MPI)

The state funding contribution for a project will be capped at $500,000 and generally have a state share of 50% or less. This means the municipality has a higher local match. These projects will not go through the normal planning … Continue reading


Play Everywhere Challenge

Grant Applications are Due May 31 KaBOOM! is excited to announce the launch of the Play Everywhere Challenge, a national competition that will award $1 million in prizes for the best ideas that make cities more playable for kids and families. The Challenge is … Continue reading


Grants and Community Recreation Program – 2017 Awards Now Open

The Grants and Community Recreation Program within the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is pleased to announce that the application period is now officially open for the 2017 grant awards. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established to assist … Continue reading


Recreation Trails Program – Applications Due Sept 30 2016

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a program of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF).  RTP funds are available once per year, they are used for trail construction and maintenance. The application deadline for this round of … Continue reading


2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program

2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program Due April 15, 2016 The Aetna Foundation is seeking Requests for Proposals to fund projects that support communities’ efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play, and pray. This program will support … Continue reading


Coastal grants available for municipal and regional projects

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program announced that it is seeking applications for a new round of coastal grants for FY 2017. The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. This … Continue reading


Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) – Transportation Alternatives Program

The MaineDOT funds large comprehensive road projects that can include bicycle and pedestrian elements like bike lanes and crosswalks through a variety of state and federal sources. But MaineDOT funding for stand-alone bicycle and pedestrian project like a separate sidewalk construction project … Continue reading