Systems Planning

Iowa's Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

Program manager
Phone: 515-239-1810
All applications for the Statewide Iowa's TAP program shall be received or postmarked by Iowa DOT by October 1. Emailed submissions of the completed application to by October 1 meet the submittal deadline, but a single signed color original of the completed application must follow via U.S. mail.

All hardcopies shall be submitted via U.S. mail to:

Transportation Alternatives Program
Iowa Department of Transportation
Systems Planning Bureau
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010

Iowa's TAP guidance

Application form for Iowa's TAP funds

Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a new iteration of the former Transportation Enhancements (later Transportation Alternatives) program that has been in existence since 1991. The most recent transportation authorization act, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, was enacted in 2015. Implementation of this act placed further restrictions on the selection of projects for funding under the federal TAP program structure which has led Iowa to implement a modified version of the federal program. Eligible project activities for Iowa’s TAP funding continue to include a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, and community improvements such as historic preservation, vegetation management, and some environmental mitigation related to storm water and habitat connectivity. Detailed information about Iowa’s TAP program may be found in the program guidance.

Iowa’s TAP program can be accessed in two ways. Statewide and multi-regional projects should apply directly to the Iowa DOT by October 1 annually for consideration in the Statewide TAP program. Access to funding for smaller, local projects is dependent on geographic location. Iowa’s Transportation Management Areas (TMA), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), and Regional Planning Affiliations (RPA) will select local projects for funding. In support of the state’s history of encouraging regional planning through these organizations, a majority of funding is distributed to them to directly select projects locally. With the goal of distributing funding as equitably as possible across the state, the Iowa DOT retains $1 million annually to administer a Statewide TAP program, geared toward statewide or multi-regional projects, while targeting the remaining funding to the TMAs, MPOs, and RPAs through the Local Projects TAP program. The map below will provide application submittal deadlines based on the project location.


Zoom in on the map below and click on your project location. Contact information will appear for your local TMA, MPO, or RPA along with a link to the organization’s website and any announced deadline for applications from your area.

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