The Maine Walking School Bus (WSB) Program – a partnership of the Maine Center for Disease Control, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Department of Transportation – is excited to announce that Vine Street (Bangor), Abraham Lincoln (Bangor), and Farwell (Lewiston) elementary schools have been selected to receive grants for the 2017/18 school years! Congratulations!!
The WSB Program provides local schools with the opportunity to start or build on their own daily walking school bus programs, with technical and financial assistance from the statewide program. The funding supports a WSB Coordinator within the school, safety equipment, marketing materials and ongoing guidance from program staff.
Vine Street, Abraham Lincoln, and Farwell will join five other schools across the state of Maine that are already running WSB Programs: Portland’s East End Community School, Norway’s Guy E. Rowe School, Ellsworth’s Elementary-Middle School, Waterville’s Albert S. Hall School, and Bangor’s Downeast School.
To learn more please visit the Maine Walking School Bus website.
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 to accomplishing the goals of the initiative. PeopleForBikes accepts requests for funding of up to $10,000.
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 funding each year; maximum award is $50,000. Towns have used this program in the past to fund pedestrian trails that increase access to coastal areas. For example, the Town of Yarmouth was awarded funding in 2012 to undertake a feasibility study to identify opportunities for reestablishing pedestrian connections between Main Street, Town Landing and the marinas. Eligible entities include towns in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government. You can access the list and a map of eligible coastal communities HERE.
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 process. Municipalities request an eligible improvement or an addition to the scope of an existing MaineDOT Project.
Shortly thereafter, the Region Engineer meets with the municipal official to scope out the project. The scoping, approval, agreement, and development processes will be as lean and simple as possible so that a Cooperative Agreement can be signed within 2 months if all goes well.
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 open to anyone with an idea for creating playful moments in unexpected places – from sidewalks to vacant lots, bus stops to open streets.
For more information and to submit your idea, visit playeverywhere.kaboom.org
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 federal, state and local governments in the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreation facilities. The funding can provide up to 50% of the allowable costs for approved acquisition or development projects for public outdoor recreation.
To learn more about the current LWCF program, to view the updated application materials, or to find contact information for the program manager, please visit the Maine LWCF grant website.
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 all grants available under RTP is 5pm Friday, September 30, 2016.
- RTP funds three types of projects: motorized trails, non-motorized, a combination of these two, and educational elements to trail projects. 30% of total program funds are for non-motorized uses.
- This is federal transportation funding. It requires a 20% local match. The local share may consist of cash or state-approved donations of labor and/or materials.
- For much more information and to apply for funding, visit http://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/grants/recreational_trails_program.shtml
- More info is also attached. For Questions about this funding stream, contact: Doug Beck, (207) 287-4962, Doug.Beck@Maine.gov
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 projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. Applicants can request a total grant amount of either $50,000 or $100,000 for the entire project period lasting between 18 and 24 months. The five focus areas are:
- Healthy Behaviors
- Community Safety
- Built Environment
- Social/Economic Factors
- Environmental Exposures
For more information, visit the 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program website.
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 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.
- Towns have used this program in the past to fund pedestrian trails that increase access to coastal areas.
- For example, the Town of Yarmouth was awarded funding in 2012 to undertake a feasibility study to identify opportunities for reestablishing pedestrian connections between Main Street, Town Landing and the marinas.
- Funds are not available for land acquisition or construction.
- This program awards $185,000 in funding each year; maximum award is $50,000
- Eligible entities include towns in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government.
- You can access the list and a map of eligible coastal communities HERE.
The two types of available grants covered by this announcement are Coastal Communities Grants and Shore and Harbor Management Grants. Funding for these technical assistance grants comes from Maine Coastal Program’s annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as well as the Submerged Lands Program within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
The Coastal Communities grants have a maximum award of $100,000, while the Shore and Harbor grant have a maximum award of $30,000. Those eligible to apply include communities in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government.
Grant applications are due Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Coastal Communities Grant Program
Eligible projects must be designed to improve water quality, increase resiliency/adaptation to erosion and flooding, conserve coastal habitat, promote sustainable development, and enhance the coastal-dependent economy while preserving natural coastal resources. This program is designed to address the following goals of the Maine Coastal Program:
- Ensuring Sustainable, Vibrant Coastal Communities
- Addressing the effects of land use activity on water quality
- Restoring Coastal Habitats
- Preparing for coastal storms, erosion and flooding, coastal hazards
Shore and Harbor Planning Grants
Shore and Harbor Technical Assistance Grants promote sound waterfront planning and harbor management, balanced development of shore and harbor areas, advance planning for waterfront infrastructure improvements and access to the shore. Funds may be used for development of plans for waterfront, harbor, and mooring areas; development of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to waterfront conservation and improvement; development of planning studies for public and working access; development of plans and designs for harbor improvements; and development of management plans for municipal waterfront facilities.
The Maine Coastal Program
Created in 1978, the Maine Coastal Program is a federal, state, local partnership under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 and one of 34 coastal programs nationwide. Maine’s program is a collaborative program that works in partnership with other state agencies, municipalities, regional and other organizations, with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry serving as the lead agency. The Maine Coastal Program works with its partners toward a healthy coast and vibrant coastal communities.
- The Maine Coastal Program FY17 Grant Program Statement can be found at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/municipalplanning/financial_assistance.shtml
- More information about the Maine Coastal Program can be found at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mcp/index.htm
- Contact: Ruta Dzenis, AICPI, at Municipal Planning Assistance Program, Maine Department of Agriculture,Conservation and Forestry 207-287-2851, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 or multi-use trail are funded differently. These projects are funded by MaineDOT using federal dollars through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). TAP funding is available to municipalities or groups of municipalities for planning or construction of local projects. Applications are taken on a rolling basis.
MaineDOT’s webpage outlines the process communities use to apply for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure project funding through TAP.
- This program assists with funding sidewalks, pedestrian crossing improvements, off-road transportation- related trails, downtown transportation improvements, etc.
- The goal of this program is to improve transportation and safety, and promote economic development.
- MaineDOT receives about $2.3 million in federal funds annually for this program for the entire state. Each project has a 20% local match requirement.