In April 2012, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation entered an agreement with OARC to oversee development of the regional transportation planning process and the regional public participation process in the non-metropolitan areas of the state. Three Councils of governments were selected as pilot projects: SWODA, NODA, and COEDD. The goals of the RTPO are to provide a regional forum for cooperative decision making about transportation issues and to serve as liaison between the local governments and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The exposure of the RTPO through Oklahoma Association of Regional Councils has allowed for an interest in collaborating planning among county commissions, mayors, circuit engineering districts, ODOT Division Engineers, city officials, business owners, and local citizens.
Transportation Plans, Mapping, Community Improvement
Provide technical assistance to local municipalities, create a forum for public participation, coordinate plans and programs with other organizations.
Counties in the Region
All county plans have been completed and the Long Range Transportation Plan is in process currently.
County Long Range Plans
Oklahoma Council of Governments (COGS)
State and Federal Links
Thriving Communities Program
Thriving Communities is a $30 million collaboration between the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help communities access once-in-a-generation levels of federal infrastructure funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and deliver transformative projects. The program will pair a cohort of applicants with organizations who will provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support to grow community capacity to take projects from conception through to delivery. The program is focused on supporting under-resourced and disadvantaged urban, rural, and Tribal communities.
USDOT will be hosting a series of for both those interested in receiving support through the Thriving Communities program, and for capacity builders interested in applying for funding under the Notice of Funding Opportunity, starting next week. Interested communities are encouraged to submit a prior to December 6, with the for-capacity builders open until November 22. Fact sheets and links to webinar registration are available on the Thriving Communities webpage.
Join us for the Thriving Communities webinar series
Joint DOT-HUD Thriving Communities Program Overview for Prospective Technical Assistance Providers | Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT) Webinar Registration - Zoom (zoomgov.com)
Interested in Receiving Technical Assistance? DOT Thriving Communities Program Overview for Prospective Technical Assistance Recipients | October 13, 2022 (4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT) Webinar Registration - Zoom (zoomgov.com)
Interested in Becoming a DOT Thriving Communities Capacity Builder? Thriving Communities Program Overview for Prospective Technical Assistance Providers | October 19, 2022 (1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT) Webinar Registration - Zoom (zoomgov.com)
The NOFO will be open until November 29, 2022.
LOI must be received by December 6, 2022.
Recreational Trails Program Grant
The Recreational Trails Program is a reimbursable grant, meaning the project sponsor must pay all project costs as they are incurred. Sponsors then may request reimbursement for 80% of eligible expenses up to the amount approved for the project. All costs must be incurred and paid by the project sponsor during the project period as identified in the approved Project Agreement. Any project expenses incurred or paid by the sponsor before or after the project period will not be eligible for reimbursement or project match.
Application Closes at 4pm January 31, 2023
Only one entity will be considered the sponsor of any proposal. Even though projects are encouraged to be undertaken as partnerships, the sponsor for the project will be the one who signs the project application, not the partner who may be the land manager. The project sponsor is the responsible party who will account for the costs incurred and receive reimbursements. If the landowner is different from the sponsor, the application must include documentation of the owner’s willingness to allow the trail.
Applications from governmental agencies must include documented approval of the current director or chief officer.
Applications for trails projects will be accepted from:
- City and county governments
- State agencies
- Other governmental bodies created understate law (river authorities, planning districts, etc.)
- Federal land managers (U.S. Forest Service, Corps of Engineers, etc.)
- Private 501(c)(3) organizations(trail user groups, conservation clubs, etc.): Must have letter of tax exemption from IRS
Eligible Trails Projects
The intent of the RTP is for funds to be used on recreational trails and trail-related projects. Permissible uses include trail maintenance and restoration, land acquisition, construction of new trails, trail accessibility for persons with disabilities, and development of trailhead and trailside facilities.
The following are examples of eligible project costs:
- Materials required for trail work
- Equipment purchase or rental for development and maintenance of trails
- Direct labor costs or service contracts
- Directional, regulatory and interpretive signage
- Trail grading, surfacing and drainage
- Crossing structures, bridges, railings and ramps
- Bank stabilization and retaining structures
- Trail corridor revegetation and erosion control
- Functional trail lighting
- Trailhead development (parking, restrooms and related facilities)
- Trailside amenities (benches, lighting, fencing, exercise equipment)
- Trail maintenance and rehabilitation
- Acquisition of land or permanent easements essential to trail access
- Essential, site-specific engineering or professional design
- Required natural and cultural resource permits, surveys or clearances
FY 2023 RAISE Application FAQS
The RAISE program is a competitive grant program for investments in surface transportation infrastructure that will have a significant local or regional impact. RAISE Grant Funds were authorized under the Local and Regional Assistance Program in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
2. When is the application deadline?
The deadline for all application materials is February 28, 2023 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.
3. How many applications can an eligible applicant submit?
Applicants may submit a total of three (3) project applications (planning and/or capital) for RAISE grants. If a lead applicant submits more than three applications as the lead applicant, only the first three received will be considered.
4. Where can I submit the application?
Final applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.
Eligible Applicants for RAISE grants are:
States and the District of Columbia;
any territory or possession of the United States;
a unit of local government;
a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States;
a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority;
a federally recognized Indian Tribe or a consortium of such Indian Tribes; a transit agency; and
a multi-State or multijurisdictional group of entities.