This guide is intended to assist local and county governments, community groups and nonprofit organizations in the Delaware Valley Region to identify federal, state, county, and private sources of funding for locally initiated planning and development projects. Funding opportunities are listed by program, category, and eligibility requirements.
In an effort to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges, DVRPC's Municipal Bridge Retro-Reimbursement Program (MBRP) seeks to fund locally owned, structurally deficient bridge rehabilitation or replacement projects located within Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties by employing PennDOT's retro-reimbursement process.
The TCDI program is an opportunity for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to support local development and redevelopment efforts in the individual municipalities of the Delaware Valley that implement municipal, county, state, and regional planning objectives.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) are Federal highway and transit funds set-aside under the Surface Transportation Program (STP) for community-based "non-traditional" projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation's intermodal transportation system. The TE funding category, which has historically funded many pedestrian and bicycle supportive projects such as streetscape improvements, was originally established by Congress in 1991 under the IS-TEA transportation authorization legislation, and was most recently affirmed as TA under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
The Regional Trails Program, administered by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, with funding from the William Penn Foundation, aims to capitalize upon the region's rich network of "rights-of-ways" by providing funding for targeted, priority trail design, construction and planning projects that will promote a truly connected, regional network of multi-use trails throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.
The Safe Routes to Schools program is funded through the Federal Highway Administration's Federal Aid Program. The objectives of the SRTS Program are to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and to facilitate the development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of New Jersey's primary and middle schools (Grades K-8).
The imperatives of federal and state welfare reform will have significant impacts in the Delaware Valley, where over 200,000 individuals who now receive welfare face a potential end to those benefits. DVRPC performs a critical role as the regional forum for the discussion of access to jobs and welfare reform issues, including development of regional planning and implementation strategies.
DVRPC's Competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) seeks transportation-related projects that can help the region reduce emissions from mobile sources and meet National Clean Air Act standards. The program offers federal matching funds for projects in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties in New Jersey.