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The River Valley Regional Commission assists in identifying funding sources and/or researching national programs promoting bicycle and pedestrian awareness and safety. Local municipalities within the region can incorporate funding allocated with city or county transportation budgets, general operating budgets, and the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) initiatives. The private sector provides another source of revenue for the construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Below are some federal, state, and private opportunites that can help support bicycle and pedestiran initiatves in the River Valley region. 


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State and Federal Funding Opportunities

  • BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Grants

    The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Previously known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $7.1 billion for ten rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.The eligibility requirements of BUILD allow project sponsors at the State and local levels to obtain funding for multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects that are more difficult to support through traditional DOT programs. BUILD can fund port and freight rail projects, for example, which play a critical role in our ability to move freight, but have limited sources of Federal funds. BUILD can provide capital funding directly to any public entity, including municipalities, counties, port authorities, tribal governments, MPOs, or others in contrast to traditional Federal programs which provide funding to very specific groups of applicants (mostly State DOTs and transit agencies). This flexibility allows BUILD and our traditional partners at the State and local levels to work directly with a host of entities that own, operate, and maintain much of our transportation infrastructure, but otherwise cannot turn to the Federal government for support.


  • FAST Act

    On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. No. 114-94) into law—the first federal law in over a decade to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment. The FAST Act authorizes $305 billion over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials safety, rail, and research, technology, and statistics programs. The FAST Act maintains our focus on safety, keeps intact the established structure of the various highway-related programs we manage, continues efforts to streamline project delivery and, for the first time, provides a dedicated source of federal dollars for freight projects. With the enactment of the FAST Act, states and local governments are now moving forward with critical transportation projects with the confidence that they will have a federal partner over the long term.


  • Federal Lands Highway Funds

    These funds may be used to construct bicycle and pedestrian facilities in conjunction with roads, highways, and pathways.


  • Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP)

    Bicycle and pedestrian projects are eligible for STP funding. This program can be used to improve and establish sidewalks throughout the River Valley region to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This funding may be used for safety infrastructure improvements during preliminary engineering, design, and construction. 


  • Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program

    Applicants may apply for Conserve Georgia grants and loans through the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program by completing an online application. Eligible proposals include projects that support state parks and trails; support local parks and trails of state and regional significance; provide stewardship of conservation land; or acquire critical areas for the provision or protection or clean water, wildlife, hunting, fishing, military installation buffering, or for natural resource-based outdoor recreation. To learn more about the program and funding, please see the Program Manual.

    2020-2021 Funding Cycle Announcement - Opens August 1, 2020 



  • Georgia Trails Education Grant

    Our grants specialists also administer the Georgia Trails Education Grants promoting trail safety and environmental protection. Projects must have a direct relationship with a recreational trail or trails. Projects can include education programs and/or production of trail-related educational materials (whether for information displays, print, video, audio, interactive computer displays, etc.).  Education grants are applied for separately from other trail projects and potential Applicants should contact Lindsey Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before submitting an application.

  • Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

    The urban-focused program is for projects that will create or reinvigorate parks and other outdoor recreation spaces in ways that will encourage people to connect or re-connect with the outdoors. Priority will be given to projects that will: Directly connect people to outdoor places in communities that are underserved; Create short-term and or permanent jobs and or help stimulate economic development; Create, engage and empower members of the affected community; Involve and expand public-private partnerships; and Rely on a high degree of coordination among the public, multiple levels of government and the private sector to improve recreation opportunities.

     Applications will be accepted through the close of business on May 1, 2020 (4:00 pm). 


  • Georgia Recreational Trails Program

    The Recreational Trails Program is a federal grant program funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered at the state level by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The purpose of the RTP is to provide and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities identified in, or that further a specific goal of, the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Eligible applicants include qualified local governments, authorized commissions, and state and federal agencies.


  • Georgia Wildlife Viewing Grants Program

    These grants help develop and improve wildlife viewing opportunities that increase public awareness and appreciation of nongame wildlife, rare native plant species and natural habitats. The program emphasizes species and habitats considered conservation priorities in Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan.


  • Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

    GOHS has been granted federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote the development and implementation of innovative programs to address highway safety problems related to motorcycle safety, occupant protection, impaired driving, traffic records/data, minority issues, and pedestrian/bicycle safety. Proposed programs must be data driven and based on proven countermeasures.

    Grant Applications are due Friday, February 21, 2020 11:59 pm


  • Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grants

    The State Side of the LWCF provides matching grants to States and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.



  • Local Maintenance & Improvement Grants

    The LMIG program has been developed in cooperation with ACCG, GMA, and others. The annual LMIG allocation is based on the total centerline road miles for each local road system and the total population of each county or city as compared with the total statewide centerline road miles and total statewide population. The LMIG program will allow local governments greater flexibility and quicker project delivery while allowing us to effectively administer the program with a reduced workforce and new funding match requirements.


  • National Recreational Trails Funds

    The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Federal transportation funds benefit recreation including hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.


  • Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Council Grant Program

    REBC is an acronym for the Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Council. The mission of the REBC Grant Program is to provide funding for roadside enhancement and beautification projects along Georgia’s roadsides. The funding for grants comes from contributory value fees paid by outdoor advertising companies to the Department for vegetation removal at outdoor advertising signs. The funds may be used only for landscape plant material and its installation for the furtherance of roadside enhancement and beautification projects along state routes in Georgia.


  • Save America’s Treasures

    The Federal Save America's Treasures grants program began in 1999 Logo for the Save America's Treasures program and helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation's rich heritage to future generations of Americans.


  • TAP (Transportation Alternatives Program)

    The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) partners with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in facilitating and providing an opportunity for local governments to pursue non-traditional transportation-related activities such as pedestrian facilities, bicycle facilities, and pedestrian streetscaping projects. TAP improves the quality of life for citizens in communities across the state by providing local governments the means to pursue projects that might not otherwise be possible. The Federal Transportation Funding Act, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), that was signed into law on July 6, 2012, authorized the Transportation Alternatives Program. TAP builds upon the legacy of the Transportation Enhancement (TE) program by expanding travel choices, strengthening the local economy, improving the quality of life, and protecting the environment. The most recent Transportation Funding Act, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, continues funding TAP through 2020.


  • Transit Enhancement Activity Funding

    This funding program clarifies ISTEA’s transit funding allowances for pedestrian and bicycle access to transit facilities. This funding source may be used for bicycle and pedestrian access to mass transportation, including facilities to store bicycles and installing equipment for transporting bicycles on public transportation vehicles.


  • Transportation Enhancement

    The Transportation Enhancement (TE) program was established to enrich the traveling experience of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians through enhancements to our transportation system.  Federal funding for TE projects is allotted to provide aesthetic and functional improvements to historical, natural, and scenic areas.


  • Transportation Investment Act (TIA) of 2010

    The Transportation Investment Act (TIA) Referendum was passed by Georgia voters in the regions of Central Savannah River Area, Heart of Georgia-Altamaha and River Valley. These three regions will implement a 1% regional sales tax over a ten year period to fund transportation improvements. GDOT is responsible for the management of the budget, schedule, execution, and delivery of all projects contained in the improved investment list.


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