2018 Heartland 2050 Mini-Grant Application
Program Summary
Heartland 2050 and the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) announce the Heartland 2050 (H2050) Mini-Grant Program. This $330,000 annual program provides local jurisdictions with technical and financial assistance to support local governments in their efforts to create livable communities and support the Heartland 2050 vision.

The Heartland 2050 Mini-Grant Program will be administered as a set-aside of MAPA's Regional Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program funding. Approximately $330,000 of STBG-MAPA funding will be allocated to project within the MAPA Transportation Management Area (TMA) for planning and implementation of projects related to transportation as part of the FY2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Communities in Douglas, Sarpy, and the urbanized portion of Pottawattamie County will be eligible to submit applications for this mini-grant opportunity. Eligible projects identified by Heartland 2050 Implementation Committees included corridor studies and other community plans and policies that support compact development and transportation options for residents of the H2050 region.

This program serves as a mechanism to move the Heartland 2050 Vision forward. The Vision focuses on six goals to improve our quality of life and create a long-term vision in harmony with our people, places and resources:

• Economic Development
• Education
• Health and Safety
• Housing and Development
• Infrastructure
• Natural Resources

Heartland 2050’s Guiding Principles create overarching themes used to guide the vison goals, and strategies and actions included in the Heartland 2050 Action Plan.

• Equity
• Inclusivity
• Efficiency
• Local Control/Regional Benefit

Program Goals
The Heartland 2050 Mini-Grant Program aims to:
1. Support local outreach and engagement efforts that promote broader stakeholder involvement.
2. Promote alternative or multi-model travel choices through collaborative planning strategies.
3. Encourage coordination of land use plans with existing or planned regional transportation infrastructure.
4. Promote plans and projects that support and implement Heartland 2050 vision scenario and the Heartland Connections Regional Transit Vision and Bicycle-Pedestrian Plans.
5. Promote collaboration.
6. Improve access to jobs and education.
Project Eligibility
Assistance is available to municipalities, counties, townships, and multijurisdictional groups of local governments within the MAPA MPO. Heartland 2050 encourages applications from two or more jurisdictions working together, within county boundaries. Non-profits or other organizations may serve as a partner agency, but a local government must be the project sponsor.

Eligible projects must include a strong emphasis on transportation. Applications could include but are not limited to:
• New and/or revised land use strategies
• Developing of transit oriented local “visions” or plans
• Multi-jurisdictional coordination and planning with regard to any of the following: roads and highways, freight and logistics, biking, and walking, and local and regional transit.
• Continuity of local streets in study area.
• Public and stakeholder participation
• Site assessments to determine feasibility of transit oriented development projects
• Integration of walking, biking, traffic calming, and transit facilities into all areas of the region
• Expansion of multi-modal connections between town centers, employment centers and areas of concentrated poverty.
• Transportation planning for economic development, public and private partnerships, education, and/or workforce development activities.

Project applicants are required to provide a minimum 20% match. However the greater percentage of local funding will only enhance the quality of the application.

Application Process
Interested parties should submit an application from the project sponsor including applicant contact information, project description, type of assistance requested, and estimated project cost and local match. Interested parties should also include supplementary materials as appropriate to help describe the project.

Applications will be reviewed by a joint committee of MAPA Project Selection Committee members and Heartland 2050 Executive Committee members. The recommendations of this committee will be reviewed and recommended by the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee and Heartland 2050 Executive Committee to the MAPA Policy Board for final approval and incorporation into the TIP. Applicants will be provided with program selection and evaluation criteria in the application form.

Contact Information & Resources
Questions and requests for additional information may be directed to

Karna Loewenstein, 402-444-6866 ext 225, kloewenstein@mapacog.org
Mike Helgerson, 402-444-6866 ext. 224, mhelgerson@mapacog.org

Please review the following documents before assist with the development of your application:
Heartland 2050 Vision: http://heartland2050.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/h2050_vision_combo2.pdf
Heartland 2050 Action Plan: http://heartland2050.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/H2050-Action-Plan_October.pdf
Close the Gap Plan: http://heartland2050.org/vision/what-were-doing/

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