Community Connectivity Grant Program
The Community Connectivity Program is an integral part of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Let’sGoCT! Transportation initiative. Let’sGoCT! represents a 30-year vision for Connecticut and outlines the investments needed to make our transportation system safer, more reliable, and more responsive to our 21st century lifestyles. The vision is to have a best-in-class transportation infrastructure that is efficient, multi-modal, resilient and long-lasting. The Community Connectivity Program seeks to improve accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians in urban, suburban and rural community centers. There is high demand to improve these areas as they not only serve as places where people can meet for social, educational, and recreational activities, but also serve as places of employment, transit hubs, and business districts.
The goal of the Community Connectivity Program is to make conditions safer and more accommodating for pedestrians and bicyclists, thereby encouraging more people to use these healthy and environmentally sustainable modes of travel. Making these improvements will make Connecticut’s community centers more attractive places to live and work.
The initial step toward achieving the program’s goal was to offer municipalities “Road Safety Audits” (RSA’s) that focused on identifying bike and pedestrian safety concerns within a designated corridor or intersection. An RSA is a formal safety performance examination of an existing road or intersection by an independent multidisciplinary team. Each completed RSA documents individualized short, mid and long-term recommendations. The RSA is intended to be used as a planning tool to understand the community’s needs and to guide the municipality in selecting, ranking and prioritizing projects for future funding.
The next step is to establish a Community Connectivity Grant Program (CCGP). The CCGP was developed to provide funding for targeted infrastructure improvements that are commonly identified through RSA’s, or other transportation planning initiatives. The purpose of the CCGP is to provide funding directly to Municipalities to perform smaller scale infrastructure improvements that are aligned with the overall program goal. It should be noted that having completed an RSA is not a prerequisite to receiving funding under the CCGP.
Beginning May 26, 2017, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) will solicit applications for grants directly from municipalities, as funding is available. The funding limits for grants awarded range between $75,000 and $400,000. Municipalities are eligible to apply for one grant per solicitation. It is important to note that grants will be awarded to municipalities on a competitive basis, where applications are evaluated based on criteria such as program goal relevance and guidelines, as outlined in the application forms. For this initial solicitation, grant funding will be awarded for construction activities only. The deadline to apply for the first solicitation of the CCGP is August 1, 2017.
These Guidelines are intended to be a reference for municipalities when filling out the application, and to explain the process of administering CCGP funds. The Department will evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the process over time and may make modifications to these guidelines as needed.
Community Connectivity Grant Program – Application
- Program Application
- Program Blank Cost Estimate
- Program Certification of Completion of Preconstruction Activities
- Program Sample Quarterly Progress Report (Design) (Coming Soon)
- Program Sample Quarterly Progress and Expenditure Report (Construction) (Coming Soon)
- Engineering Directive, Requirements for Right of Way Acquisitions
- Sequence of Application Process (Coming Soon)