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.

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


Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program

Each year the State of Maine Office of Community Development receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be distributed to eligible Maine communities under the Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program. Some of these funds can be used for … Continue reading


Regional Councils of Government (COGs)

All organized towns in Maine are part of a Council of Governments, or COG. COGs also serve as the Regional Planning Organizations for their member towns. These regional entities can sometimes provide funding or technical assistance to municipalities that want … Continue reading


Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs)

Maine’s four urbanized areas (Portland area, Bangor area, Kittery area, and greater Lewiston-Auburn) are part of Metropolitan Planning Organizations or MPOs. If your community is part of the MPO region it is eligible for planning and construction money through that entity. … Continue reading


Private Fundraising

Start a Local Fundraising Campaign: A great online tool for organizing a local fundraising campaign for a civic project is: http://neighbor.ly/ Local Business and Community Groups (e.g. Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Masons, Lions, Chambers of Commerce) are great sources of … Continue reading