Iowa's Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program Guidance
Application: Request for TAP Funds
The Transportation Alternatives Program was authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) in 2012 and has been continued by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, through federal fiscal year 2020. Eligible project activities for TAP funding 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 Iowa TAP Program Guidance. Additional information may be found in the program implementation guidance provided by the FHWA.
Iowa’s TAP program can be accessed in several 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 smaller, local projects is dependent on geographic location and Iowa DOT endeavors to award projects based largely on geographic equity and local/regional priorities. Iowa’s small Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regional Planning Affiliations will conduct an initial review of applications submitted for the competitive Local Projects TAP program administered by Iowa DOT. The large Metropolitan Planning Organizations (pop. greater than 200,000) will solicit and select project for TAP funding according to a process they determine. The map below will provide application submittal deadlines based on the project location.