Funding Opportunities

There are a variety of ways to fund Livable Streets projects. Federal, local and private sources can be used from anything like higher cost infrastructure projects like sidewalks to paint for shared-lane markings. Crowdfunding on sites like GoFundMe have also been used to raise funds.

Local funding sources

  • Set aside a percentage of capital improvement budgets to fund projects
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks and affiliates in 50 Missouri counties
    • CFO supports community grantmaking programs throughout central and southern Missouri. These efforts include affiliate community foundations, Metropolitan Springfield, the Missouri Ozarks region, the Youth Empowerment Project program and various specialized fund and grant rounds.
  • Crowdfunding
    • Using platforms like, a partner of Community Foundation of the Ozarks, or GoFundMe to raise funds

Federal funding opportunities

  • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program (CMAQ)
    • The CMAQ program was implemented to support surface transportation projects and other related efforts that contribute air quality improvements and provide congestion relief.
  • Surface Transportation Block Grant Program
    • The Surface Transportation Block Grant program (STBG) provides flexible funding that may be used by States and localities for projects to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid highway, bridge and tunnel projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects, including intercity bus terminals.
  • Surface Transportation Block Grant Set-Aside- Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
    • The FAST Act eliminates the MAP-21 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and replaces it with a set-aside of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program funding for transportation alternatives (TA). These set-aside funds include all projects and activities that were previously eligible under TAP, encompassing a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.

Federal funding opportunities administered by state and federal agencies

  • Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)
    • The purpose is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned roads and roads on tribal land.
  • State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program (Section 402)
    • The Section 402 program provides grants to states to improve driver behavior and reduce deaths and injuries from motor vehicle-related crashes.
  • Recreation Trails Program (RTP)
    • 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. The RTP is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 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.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency offers a variety of grants that address community health

Private sources

  • People for Bikes Grant Program
    • PeopleForBikes focuses most grant funds on bicycle infrastructure projects such as bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges, mountain bike facilities, bike parks and pump tracks, BMX facilities, end-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, bike repair stations and bike storage. They also fund some advocacy projects, such as:Programs that transform city streets, such as Ciclovías or Open Streets Days and campaigns to increase the investment in bicycle infrastructure.PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grants and grant programs
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