A. ELIGIBLE TRANSPORTATION ACTIVITIES
To be eligible for funding, enhancement projects must fall into one or more of the following 12 general enhancement activities:
1. Pedestrians and bicycle facilities that provide a transportation
purpose (Recreational “loop” trails are not eligible). See
The 12 eligible enhancement activities identified above have been further refined by the Nebraska program into three general categories: Historic Preservation, Scenic or Historic Byways, and Bicycle/Pedestrian Facilities.
The Nebraska Transportation Enhancement Program reserves the right to
prioritize categories for funding.
Local Public (LPA’s) within the State of Nebraska are eligible to
receive funding. This includes most local units of government (villages,
cities and counties), Natural Resource Districts, Nebraska State
Agencies, the University of Nebraska, and Tribal Governments. Certain
other governmental entities may also be eligible to receive funding.
In order to receive funding through the Transportation Enhancement Program, project proposals must meet all the criteria outlined below:
1. The proposed project must fit one or more of the 12 general
enhancement activities listed above in Section A;
6. The LPA must appoint (after funding award) a full-time public employee, qualified by NDOR, to be in responsible charge of the project.
D. FUNDING CAP
Federal funding requests are recommended not to exceed $1,000,000. This amount represents the maximum federal funding limit (80%) exclusive of the matching funds provided by the applicant. NDOR anticipates funding a maximum of 10 projects for Fiscal Year 2012.
E. LOCAL CASH MATCH
Applicants for enhancement funding will be required to provide a minimum
of 20% non-federal cash match of the total eligible project costs in
order to be eligible for funding. Eligible project costs include
preliminary engineering, construction engineering, right-of-way, project
construction, and utility adjustments. The 20% local match generally may
not be federal funds from other sources. The funds must be available at
the time of application from state or local governmental entities. Local
private organizations (historical societies, trail organizations, etc.)
may donate their funds to help the local governmental entity meet the
20% match. The value of local property (right-of-way, easement or depot)
may not be applied as a portion of the local match.
A. APPLICATION PROCESS
Step 1: Complete the Intent-to-Apply Form located above and send by May 20, 2011 either by mail or email to:
The Intent-to-Apply will be reviewed by NDOR for preliminary eligibility
based on the minimum requirements listed above. If your project meets
requirements for eligibility, you will be asked to continue by filling
out a full application form. Information on completing a full
application form will be mailed to the contact person listed on the
Intent-to-Apply Form. Site visits to proposed project locations may also
B. GENERAL APPLICATION SCHEDULE
Deadlines for submitting the intent-to-apply and final application forms will vary with each fiscal year. Specific dates for application deadlines are not established until March of each annual funding cycle. However, previous funding cycles have followed these general guidelines:
C. PROGRAM CONSULTANTS
Since 1994, Sinclair Hille Architects have been retained by the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) to assist with the Nebraska Transportation Enhancement Program. Sinclair Hille Architects works with local communities from initial concept to ribbon-cutting to help them understand state and federal requirements. After your Intent to Apply has been reviewed for preliminary eligibility, we will assign a Project Coordinator to work directly with you on your project.
A. TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT SELECT COMMITTEE
Selection of projects is made by the Nebraska Transportation Enhancement Select Committee, a state-wide committee of volunteers with expertise in the various funding categories. This 13-member committee meets annually to rank applications using an established 100-point scoring system.
Michael Kleffner, Transportation Enhancement EngineerPhone: (402) 479-4881
Nebraska Department of Roads
P. O. Box 94759
Lincoln, NE 68509-4759