CHARLESTON-The West Virginia Division of
Highways (WVDOH) is pleased to announce the opening of our online grant
application system for FY 2018 Transportation Alternatives (TA) and
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) potential projects. A direct link to the page
The application process has two
phases: an Intent-to-Apply (ITA) Phase
and an Application Phase. All applicants must first be registered and then complete
and submit an online ITA for the project for which funding is sought. When the ITA is approved by the WVDOH grant
staff, then the applicant will be allowed to complete and submit an online Application. No paper ITA’s or Applications will be accepted.
Detailed instructions for the completion of the ITA and Application can be
found at the website listed above.
Please take note:
may apply for the following phases either individually or together, as follows:
Design Phase. The
applicant may apply for a Design Phase award in order to fund the full
development of the design plans and National Environmental Protection Act
(NEPA) clearance. This approach would provide the applicant with a more
accurate estimate of funding needed for the Construction Phase; in addition,
potential problems that may slow or even render a project infeasible could be
identified during the Design Phase. This method also applies to projects in the
early planning stages, i.e., those projects that are not yet mature enough in
concept for Construction Phase funding to be estimated and, thus awarded.
Applicants whose projects are determined feasible following the Design Phase
would then be encouraged to apply for a Construction Phase award in a
subsequent grant cycle. Having full designs approved by the WVDOH would
increase the likelihood of a Construction Phase award.
Construction Phase. Should an applicant wish to design the project using the applicant’s
own funds and/or staff prior to submitting the application for a Construction
Phase award, this is allowable as well. This option will also improve the chances
of the Application for a Construction Phase award being recommended since the
design, cost estimate and materials information necessary for NEPA evaluation
will be on hand, making it likely that the project could move quickly into the
Design and Construction Phases. Applicants who believe they have a
project ready for development may combine Design and Construction Phase funding
requests in a single Application. Previously funded projects moving into the
next phase, and projects that have already been subjected to a feasibility
study are two examples of such projects. If, upon review, WVDOH staff believes
that the project should be developed through the Design Phase prior to awarding
Construction Phase funds, an adjusted amount of funding may be awarded to
complete the Design Phase. In this case the applicant would be encouraged to
apply for a Construction Phase award in a subsequent grant cycle.
Right-of-Way Phase. Applicants wishing to secure grant funding for the purchase of a rail
corridor or historic transportation facility may apply for a Design, Right of
Way, and Construction Phase award in a single Application. However, due to the
lengthy time to obtain a fair market value appraisal and to complete the
negotiations that accompany property purchase, we encourage applicants to apply
only for the initial purchase of the property, and then for Design and
Construction Phase awards in subsequent grant cycles.
projects located within Economically Distressed Areas or At-Risk Areas as
defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) are eligible for 100%
Federal funding. Please follow the link below to see if your potential project
site is located in either an Economically Distressed Area or an At-Risk Area.
The above TA and RTP information is further defined in the
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. The FAQ may be found at http://dohgrants.wv.gov/Account/LogOn. We encourage anyone applying for a TA
or RTP award to examine the FAQ for clarification and detailed explanations of
many aspects of the grant programs.
The ITA Phase will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on November 17, 2017.
The Application Phase will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on January 18, 2018. Please check your email and the online
application system concerning your ITA or Application as it is the
responsibility of the applicant to track the progress of the applicant’s own
submission(s). Also, please be sure to review any email notifications as there
may be suggestions from the WVDOH grant staff regarding your project’s ITA or
Application. Please feel free to share this information with any interested,
If you have any technical questions
regarding the online ITA, Application, accessing the system or need assistance
in getting registered, please contact Ms. Melisa Green at Melisa.J.Green@wv.gov or by phone at (304) 558-9600. Should you have any questions regarding
the TA, please contact Mr. Mark Scoular at R.Mark.Scoular@wv.gov or by phone at (304) 558-9616. If you have any questions regarding the
RTP, please contact Mr. Ken Given at Kenneth.T.Given@wv.gov or by phone at (304) 558-9292.