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The new $75 million local government transportation grant program was created as part of the 2019-2021 state budget. This one-time funding initiative is available to local and tribal governments. The MLS grant program sets aside $18.4 million for cities and villages, $26 million for counties, and $28.9 million for towns. This program is in addition to the General Transportation Aids program, and the Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP).
According to DOT, the project selection process for the MLS program will include local government committees. The selection will be competitive and involve stakeholder input and review. Projects will rate higher if they demonstrate economic impact, provide greater connectivity or are shown to have greater cost-effectiveness than other options.
Application materials for the MLS grant program are available on DOT's website, here. The MLS program mirrors aspects of the Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP), but is available to an expanded range of project improvement types.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2019.