MnDOT accepting applications for Carbon Reduction Program funds

Published 6:03 pm Tuesday, May 9, 2023

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The Carbon Reduction Program provides funds to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transportation sources, and applications to be considered for fiscal year 2024 funds of $1.09 million are due May 26  for the Southeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP 6), according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 

This is a new program in the 2021 Federal transportation bill. Unlike typical Federal transportation distributions, these funds are programmed by population area, not by roadway system or jurisdiction.

Applications should be submitted through the online form by May 26.

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Projects that will be considered for funds must be in the ATP 6 area: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona counties, but outside the Rochester and La Crescent urbanized boundaries. It needs to be a new project or something that is adding carbon reduction components to an existing programmed project, and it can’t be used for backfilling previously committed Federal funds. Also, the project needs to be authorized between Dec. 1, 2023 and June 7, 2024 with a 20% local match to the CRP funding available.

Potential CRP projects could include, but are not limited to:

• Public transit projects

• Fleet electrification or charging stations

• Transportation Alternatives-eligible projects (e.g. trails, bikeways, sidewalk bumpouts)

• Energy efficient lighting conversion

• Diesel engine retrofits

• Snow fencing

• Reducing freight impacts during or after construction

Additional information can be found on the Southeast Minnesota Regional Information website under the Carbon Reduction Program. Questions can be sent to Kurt Wayne, MnDOT D6 Planning Director, at