Finding Matching Funds for Trail Projects

National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse

The states highlighted in this technical brief understand the flexibility that is
inherent in Transportation Enhancements (TE) activities and put it to the test by encouraging innovative projects and creative funding. While these innovations are evident in all categories of TE projects, bicycle and pedestrian related projects receive the majority of Enhancements funds. Even though trails are part of this lion's share of Enhancements funds, trail project sponsors nonetheless face the same difficulty as all other TE project sponsors: how to generate the local match funds. Innovative partnerships with state Departments of Transportation (DOT) and other government organizations can help sponsors raise necessary funding, as can savvy networking. The trick is not only knowing where the money is and how
to access it, but also the guidelines for making financing easier.

Filed in: Promoting Walking and Bicycling, Plans and Policies, Funding

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