For the fifth consecutive year, the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) is pleased to announce the 2021 Complete Streets Implementation Grant Program, made possible by the “You Have Our Trust” fund. Applicants must be a municipality located in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. The Monadnock Region includes communities of the Southwest Region Planning Commission planning district as delineated by the New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives.
As in past years, funding is available for infrastructure-related grants. MAST is targeting $95,000 to $125,000 in awards towards complete street construction activities. In addition, funding is available for “non-infrastructure” purposes such as planning, preliminary engineering, community education, and encouragement activities. MAST is targeting $10,000 to $40,000 in awards for “non-infrastructure” activities. Moreover–for the first time ever–MAST is opening up grant eligibility to municipalities that have not adopted complete streets policies. Those municipalities may apply for technical assistance to develop and adopt complete streets policies, thus making those communities eligible for future infrastructure funds should future grant rounds continue.
What are Complete Streets?
Complete streets are those that are safe and accessible for users of all ages and abilities, regardless of how they choose to travel. It is a context-sensitive approach to transportation planning and design that balances the needs of people walking, bicycling, driving a car, riding public transit, using wheelchairs or other mobility devices, etc. To learn more, please visit the MAST Complete Streets page or download the MAST Complete Streets Brochure.
Project Selection Process
The MAST Steering Committee has created a Subcommittee to review, score, and rank applications and make funding award recommendations to the MAST Steering Committee. As part of its review, the MAST Complete Streets Subcommittee may seek clarifying information from applicants in order to fully understand and rank proposals. The MAST Steering Committee will consider the recommendation by the Complete Streets Subcommittee and present a final recommendation to the Southwest Region Planning Commission Board of Directors. The target for decisions of grant award(s) is late 2021.
MAST’s 2021 Complete Streets Implementation Grant round is now accepting proposals for infrastructure projects and “non-infrastructure” grant funded activities. All required application materials are presented below. Applications are due September 24, 2021. However, please note that some grant proposals require that applicants contact MAST by July 30, 2021 if they are developing a proposal that isn’t already listed as an eligible activity in the Non-Infrastructure Application or applying for Technical Assistance to Develop a Complete Streets Policy.
For Municipalities with locally adopted Complete Streets Policies
For Municipalities that do not have a locally adopted Complete Streets Policy
Questions and Answers
Question: Are rail trails eligible?
Answer: Please consult the language used in your community’s complete streets policy. Projects that involve rail trails and/or street-trail connections may be eligible depending on the definitions and scope of local complete streets policy.
- MAST Complete Streets Brochure
- FHWA Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks
- AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (4th edition)
- AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities
- FHWA Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian & Bicycle Performance Measures
- FHWA Guide for Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Crossing Locations
- FHWA Bikeway Selection Guide
- FHWA Pedestrian & Bicycle Program Tools to Diagnose and Solve the Problem
- FHWA Manual on Uniform Traffic Code Devices (MUTCD)
- FHWA Informational Report on Lighting Design for Midblock Crosswalks
- United States Access Board Proposed Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right of Way
- NHDOT Proposed Resurfacing Program (2021)
- NHDOT “Overview of NHDOT’s Midblock Pedestrian Crossing Program” Handout
- NHDOT “Overview of NHDOT’s Midblock Pedestrian Crossing Program” Presentation Slide Deck
- NCHRP Research Report 893: Systemic Pedestrian Safety Analysis