Transportation Alternatives Program

There have been a lot of improvements in our Tennessee communities since the former Federal Transportation Enhancement Program, now known as Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), began providing funds to local governments in 1991. More than $317 million in grants has been distributed by the Department. The money has gone to 267 communities across the Volunteer State to build sidewalks, bike and pedestrian trails and to renovate historic train depots and other transportation related structures. The impact of some of the projects is primarily local, whereas the wildflowers grown on roadways across the state can be enjoyed annually by thousands of Tennesseans and tourists. Whether large or small, the projects serve the same purposes - improving access and providing a better quality of life for people in the state of Tennessee.

Timeline for the Transportation Alternative Cycle

The 2022 TAP application cycle is now open, and the deadline for submittals has been extended to Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

All local governmental agencies, including those within the Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville MPOs/TPOs, may submit an application to the State competitive program. Contact your MPO/TPO for additional information and specific guidelines regarding regional competitive program schedules.

Application Details

TDOT will only accept applications through the eGrants system via The submission must still include the necessary budget, detailed, maps, photographs, preliminary sketches and support letters.

Standardized budget templates are available as a link in eGrants and located below. Line items can be added or deleted as needed for any stage utilizing TDOT line item numbers when available; however, the TAP budget template must be used. Note: the structural template tab is for Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation of Historic Transportation Facilities only.


Transportation Alternatives Program Resources