Eight Do's and One Don't for Enhancement Applications
Some specific suggestions
for developing projects and writing applications for federal transportation
From The Nature Conservcancy
- Know your state Department of Transportation (DOT) staff. Work closely
with them and develop a trusting relationship.
- Apply in several categories if you are seeking transportation enhancements
funding. The Minnesota Field Office applied in seven out of the ten
- Be political. Line up as much support for your proposal as possible.
- Get partners, particularly governmental (in some states a governmental
agency is required to be a sponsor). They can add credibility and
work to help get the project approved . The Virginia Coast Reserve
had a county and a town plus two NGOs as partners.
- Obtain letters of support, resolutions and endorsements (the enhancement
coordinators may tell you it does not matter, but it does).
- Work the geography angle if it works for you. If your part of the
state hasn't won any ISTEA funding in previous years, point that out.
- Try again if defeated the first time. Maryland lost out on its first
application, but won $196,000 on its second try.
- Become involved in the transportation planning process in your area
at the earliest possible stage. Instead of mitigating the impact of
a new road through your preserve, you may help get the road rerouted
so it misses your preserve entirely.
- Proceed until all paper work is approved. In Minnesota, the state's
Department of Natural Resources lost $75,000 because it purchased
land ahead of a project signoff by the Federal Highway
For More Information
- Read TOOLS FOR CONSERVATION: Wetlands Mitigation under
title 1; ISTEA:93-1, October 1993.
- Read TOOLS FOR CONSERVATION: Transportation Enhancements; ISTEA:93-2,
- Read TOOLS FOR CONSERVATION: National Recreational Trails
Fund Act; ISTEA:95-1, May 1995.
- Read TOOLS FOR CONSERVATION: National Scenic Byways Program ISTEA:
95-2, July 1995.
- Read Transportation 101, a TNC backgrounder on Surface Transportation
in the United States or Why You Should Learn To Love ISTEA, October,
- Read "Is there a highway in your future?" for information on the
new National Highway System and the highway planning process, May
- Read "Deciphering DOT or TNC Tours Transportation (Wherein we ferret
out the mysteries of the U.S. Department of Transportation)."
- Contact your state Department of Transportation:
- Planning and Research staff for wetlands mitigation
- State Enhancements Administrator or Coordinator for transportation
- Scenic Byways program coordinator for the National Scenic Byways
- Contact your state trails coordinator for trail funding information
- Call Keith Mulrooney, 703/841-7427 or Sally Grove, 301/668-8123,
The Nature Conservancy Government and Community Relations Division.
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