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Unlocking Federal Funding for Accessible Pedestrian Signals

We often hear the objection, “There’s just no money for APS.”

While we’ve found many ways to minimize installation costs for APS, ADA compliance can increase the cost of sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian signals. If agency budgets were already tight, this additional expense may seem to put accessible signals out of reach, especially since most federal grants seem to be absorbed by large cities and highways.

Finding Federal Funding

In truth, there are millions of federal funding dollars available for APS-they just don’t get the same publicity as massive grants for large-scale highway projects. Many ADA improvements are successfully funded through federal grant programs such as Safe Streets For All or the Transportation Alternatives program, which specifically set aside funds for projects in small communities.

But it can be hard to navigate the labyrinth of federal funding programs, and harder to compete for grants with limited grant-writing resources. To simplify the process, we’ve compiled a guide that outlines each program relevant to APS, including where possible:

  • A concise overview of the program’s purpose and scope
  • Key deadlines for application submissions
  • What kinds of projects it covers
  • Who is eligible to apply
  • Important considerations before applying
  • How to apply
  • Success stories of projects funded through the program
  • Helpful links and resources to learn more about the program

We’ve also included some general advice to increase your chances of successfully competing for these funds, and many links to outside resources – from grant-writing bootcamps to government grant application tutorials – to help you make the strongest application possible.

Download the guide here! >>>