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Four (4) printed copies of the application and a diskette with the application file are due into the FHWA Division office in the applicant's State by COB Monday, January 31, 2000.
The application should be no more than 15 pages in length following the format below. Each application must stand on its own. Do not submit letters of support or additional supporting materials--except maps.
COVER SHEET with ABSTRACT (1 page)
Project Title And Location:
Amount Requested: $________ Matching Funds/Services value: $_________
This should be a very brief paragraph describing the project and the expected results. Describe the scale of activity such as rural, urban, statewide, etc. and provide information on the types of populations affected by the project (i.e., size of population, commuter, disadvantaged, minority, etc.).
Evaluate the existing buildings, transportation infrastructure, and utilities and the development of a schematic campus master plan with capital costs, an implementation schedule, and funding strategies. Tool Town will make more efficient use of existing transportation network and other infrastructure and reuse land and the built environment, both of which will curb additional regional sprawl. The effort will also create jobs that can be filled by Dayton residents; support the long-term viability of tooling and machining in our region; help tooling and machining industry compete globally; and retain these secure, high-paying jobs in the United States.
Narrative: Briefly describe the project, the geographic scale of the proposed activity (system, region, corridor, etc.), its expected results in the short- and longer-term (20-40 years), and the applicant's expectations or vision for the ultimate impact of the activity.
PURPOSE AND CRITERIA
Objectives: Further describe the project and its objectives. Relate how it furthers and integrates each of the following purposes of the TCSP program:
Improve the efficiency of the transportation system;
Reduce the impacts of transportation on the environment;
Reduce the need for costly future investments in public infrastructure;
Ensure efficient access to jobs, services, and centers of trade; and
Examine development patterns and identify strategies to encourage private sector development patterns which achieve the goals of the TCSP.
Applicants should identify if their agency: (a) is just beginning community preservation practices-- initial stage, or (b) has implemented community preservation practices-- advanced stage. Applicants in the later category should provide brief information on established community preservation practices within their community or jurisdiction.
Indicate how the appropriate MPO or State Department of Transportation coordination has been undertaken. Identify how the project activities are consistent with the State or MPO planning processes.
List, and briefly describe if necessary, the agencies, organizations, and companies participating in the activities or on the project team. Describe the role and functions of the non-traditional partners participating on the project team. Describe plans for involvement or education of the private and public sector.
Provide a schedule to complete the major steps or milestones in the project. Include dates of major milestones for project activities, the evaluation, and when written reports of the project activities will be submitted.
BUDGET and RESOURCES
Include a list all funding, both Federal and non-Federal, and in-kind resources for the project. Priority is given to proposals that demonstrate a commitment of non-Federal resources. Proposals should clearly describe use of in-kind and direct funding contributions and distinguish contributions that are made directly for the proposed projects from those made for other related activities.
The budget should include a list of the major costs by category for the project. This could include, for example, personnel costs, travel, services, project evaluation including any contract services, etc. The budget should also show how the TCSP funds and other matching funds are used for these activities. The budget may include the costs for travel for one representative of the project team to participate and present the status and results of the project at two national conferences.
PROJECT EVALUATION PLAN
The FHWA has developed guidance on preparing evaluation plans for TCSP. This will assist applicants prepare and summarize their preliminary plans to evaluate the activity, including goals and objectives and evaluation methodologies, including means of monitoring, indicators and measures of performance, and plans for reporting results. Within the limits of space allowed for the proposal, applicants should provide initial ideas on evaluation approaches, which can be expanded and formalized in more complete evaluation plans after awards are made. Copies of this guidance and other related materials on evaluation can be found on the FHWA TCSP website (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/tcsp/) or from the FHWA's Division office in the applicant's State (see Attachment II):
Because the FHWA will make copies of the grant proposals for the review process, all requests should be in a similar format:
Page Size: 8 ½ x 11" (including maps).
12 point font, single sided.
Clip the top left corner -- no binding or staples.
Maps should be reproducible in black and white.
Include on each page of your submission the project title and page number.
File format for additional electronic submission:
Electronic Format: WordPerfect version 6/7/8 or Word version 97 or earlier on a 3 ½ inch floppy disk labeled with the project title and name.
No watermarks, embedded text, or graphics.
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