Urban Grant Program

Grant Program projects

Urban Grant Program (UGP)

Urban Grant Program Applications Deadline: March 17, 2023

The Urban Grant Program provides an opportunity for cities with population over 5,000 to make transportation infrastructure improvements within core business districts. Improvements are intended to promote multimodal transportation.

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Application Information

If your Local Public Agency (LPA) is interested in submitting an application for an Urban Grant Program project to be funded in federal fiscal years 2025 and 2026, please provide the following information by March 17, 2023:

  • A completed UGP Application signed by the LPA and NDDOT’s District Engineer (if impacting a State Highway).
  • Detailed cost estimate
  • A map showing the limits of the project (beginning and ending) no larger than 11x17.
  • Relevant excerpts from adopted plans.
  • Cross section of roadway/facility.
  • A map of underground utilities(water & sanitry sewer) within the project limits
  • Pictures, graphics and/or other visual aids.

Please submit complete applications to:
Local Government Division
North Dakota Department of Transportation
608 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0700
Phone: (701) 328-4469
TTY: 1-800-366-6888
Email questions to: Urban Grant Program Manager

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination

Projects in Grand Forks, Fargo/West Fargo, and Bismarck/Mandan metro areas must be submitted to the local MPO, with the MPO submitting the application to the NDDOT. MPO contact information:

Bismarck-Mandan MPO

221 North 5th Street
Bismarck, ND 58506

Fargo-Moorhead Council of Governments

Case Plaza Center Suite 232 1 2nd Street
North Fargo, ND 58102

Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MPO

PO Box 5200
Grand Forks, ND 58206-5200

Funding Information

The amount of funding a project receives will be determined from the cost estimate included with the project application. Preliminary and construction engineering, right-of-way, utility relocation, and construction are eligible phases for federal aid. This program will participate in all requested Title 23 CFR eligible activities up to the approved award. For projects on the State Highway System, the NDDOT will determine either to complete activities with internal staff or will hire a qualified consultant following the procedures outlined in the CAS Manual. For projects on the Urban Roads System, the city must follow the CAS Manual procedures for consultant selection if using federal aid.

All cost overruns or ineligible costs will be the responsibility of the LPA.

The LPA matching funds must be from a non-federal source.

Project Selection

The NDDOT will distribute these funds through an advisory committee comprised of six members. This 6 member group consists of representatives from:

  • Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • ND League of Cities
  • Bank of ND
  • ND Department of Commerce
  • NDDOT Local Government Division
  • NDDOT Programming Division

Projects are selected on a competitive basis. The advisory committee will review the applications submitted and prioritize the projects to be submitted to the Director for funding.

Previously Awarded Projects