It is anticipated that the the next round of "general grant" reimbursement awards will be scheduled in the fall of 2012. Details will be announced after the July 11, 2012, quarterly meeting of the Statewide Advisory Committee. The following documents were used during the Round 5 cycle. They can provide useful background information for potential sponsors, but they will revised before the next cycle begins.
Communities that are ready to move ahead wtih preliminary work can apply for startup or travel plan grants at any time:
Startup application form
Startup scoring criteria
Travel plan application form
Travel plan scoring criteria
Travel plan format
Under the federal program, states are required to use 10 to 30 percent of SRTS funds for the non-infrastructure projects. The balance, 70 to 90 percent, must be spent for infrastructure.
SRTS is a reimbursement program. Local communities must initially raise and spend the money to cover approved expenses. Federal funds will then be funneled through NHDOT to reimburse the localities 100 percent of eligible and approved costs. (Costs incurred prior to Federal Highway Administration project approval are not eligible for reimbursement.) There is no requirement for local matching funds, although communities are encouraged to supplement the limited funding under SRTS with resources available locally or through other state and federal programs.
Communities that form effective task forces and come up with the most creative ways to encourage the most students to walk and ride bikes to school will have the competitive advantage when applications are scored.
For more information, visit the "Getting Started" page.