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CTDOT Launches New Active Transportation Microgrant Program

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced the creation of a new state-funded Active Transportation Microgrant Program. CTDOT has allocated $500,000 in microgrants to be distributed across Connecticut through this new program.

The Active Transportation Microgrant Program is a non-infrastructure initiative to provide eligible organizations with up to $5,000 in funding for resources that advance safe, accessible, sustainable, and equitable walking, biking and rolling in Connecticut, including to and from schools. This program works in conjunction with the CTDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program and will be administered by regional Councils of Governments (COGs).

Schools, school districts, municipalities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Eligible items include:

  • Bicycle helmets
  • Bicycle locks
  • Bicycle fleets, including adaptive bikes
  • Safety vests
  • Bicycle maintenance training and materials
  • League Cycling Instructors training
  • Programs, events, and materials for bicycle and pedestrian safety education

“This new grant program provides funding that will improve safety and mobility for some of our most vulnerable roadway users. Whether someone is walking, riding, or rolling, having additional materials, equipment, and training will help them stay safe,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto. “Thank you to the CTDOT team for putting this program together, and to the Councils of Governments who have partnered with us to administer this new program.”

Organizations are limited to receiving two grants in a 12-month period. Applications will be accepted, and funding distributed by the COGs, on a quarterly basis until all funds in the program are utilized. The first grants are expected to be awarded this spring.

Organizations that receive grants must utilize the funds for eligible items within one calendar year. The funding limits for this solicitation are up to $5,000 for each grant awarded. Organizations must apply through their COG representative.

For more information on the Active Transportation Microgrant Program, including application guidelines and materials, visit ct.gov/SafeRoutes.


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