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Grants to Pennsylvania Agencies for Planning Projects to Promote Physical Activity and Improve Public Health

Development of Active Transportation Plans and Policies to Guide the Establishment of Activity-Friendly Routes that Connect to Everyday Destinations


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Funding Source
Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) - Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction - Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity and Pennsylvania Downtown Center - WalkWorks
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/26/23 5:00 PM Email Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Pennsylvania municipalities and metropolitan and rural planning organizations to develop policies and plans that will create healthier ways to travel within the built environment. Funding is intended to improve transit, walking, bicycling, and wheelchair connections to everyday destinations and increase safe and accessible opportunities for residents to be physically active. Priority will be given to communities located in either PA DOH State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) grant priority counties or the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Environmental Justice (EJ) Areas.

The aim of this funding opportunity is to facilitate the development of land use plans and policies at the local and regional levels that allow for the development of activity-friendly routes connecting to everyday destinations. Thus, it is important that those considering this opportunity recognize the source of funding – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – and its commitment to increasing physical activity, improving quality of life, and reducing cost of healthcare.

The purpose of this funding program is to improve walking, bicycling, using a wheelchair, and transit connections to everyday destinations and to increase safe and accessible opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, modes, and means to be physically active through environmental design. Creation or enhancement of the active transportation environment is guided by plans and policies that document a community commitment to this goal. The plan should create a framework for a safe, accessible, connected walking and biking infrastructure network through identification of specific projects, including routes (multi-use paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, and public transit routes) and everyday destinations (e.g., residences, workplaces, childcare, grocery stores, retail centers, entertainment) that will be enhanced or developed to connect to the network.

It is expected that the plans resulting from this funding program will emphasize the relationship of public health and active transportation. Thus, awarded communities should address and commit to developing plans aimed at enhancing the built environment so that opportunities for physical activity are increased and the health of residents improved. All plans will need to address the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for their area. All non-profit hospital organizations must conduct a CHNA every three years and adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs identified through the CHNA. Both the assessment and implementation strategy will be posted on the website of the hospital. Most of these documents, if not all, cite high rates of obesity and related chronic diseases as priorities and address physical activity as a means to address these issues. Pertinent data from the CHNA might include the rate of obesity, levels of physical inactivity, or prevalence of chronic diseases and should be considered in the development of active transportation plans as, in the end, the expectation is that the goals or strategies of the plans will aim to reduce such conditions.

For Eligible Projects, see page 3 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are municipalities, namely boroughs, townships, cities, or counties (hereinafter referred to as municipalities or applicants), and Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations (MPOs/RPOs) – in other words, those with the capacity to adopt and implement the proposed project. Note that applications must be submitted by these entities, not by consultants or non-governmental organizations, such as local or regional non-profits. That said, other groups, whether consultants or non-profits, may be involved in the development and process of the application and/or project, but the municipalities must be the lead and the contractual signatory.

Priority will be given to communities located in either PA DOH State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) grant priority counties or the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Environmental Justice (EJ) Areas. These communities most often have well-documented health disparities and/or are communities located in counties that have documented health disparities.

Additional Geographic Information:

To see if your community is in a current PA DOH SPAN priority county, please refer to this link: To see if your community is in a DEP EJ area, please refer to this link:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Overview Webinar
A 1-hour webinar to review the goals of this funding opportunity, the application process, expectations of grantees, and questions from interested parties is scheduled to be held on April 6, 2023, at noon. Zoom will be used to administer the web conference. To register in advance, click here: Participation in the webinar is optional.

Pre-Application Information
Applicants are required to use the application form that is included with the FOA and submit it via email no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 2023. Applications received at 5:01 p.m., or after, will not be considered.

The application process timeline is as follows:
- FOA release March 15, 2023
- FOA Intro Webinar April 6, 2023
- Deadline for Questions on FOA May 12, 2023
- Application Submission Deadline May 26, 2023
- Application Review Team Meeting July 2023
- Awardees Notified September 1, 2023

Questions may be submitted up to 5 p.m. on May 12, two weeks prior to the application deadline. Responses to all questions will be emailed to webinar attendees/registrants.

For information about Funding Levels and Match Requirements, see page 3 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

View the webinar:

Estimated Size of Grant
Active Transportation Plan: caps range from $15,000 - $25,000 for non-priority communities and $25,000 - $35,000 for priority communities, depending on size.

Term of Contract
The anticipated term of the award is October 2023 through September 2024.

Contact Information
Submit applications to

Questions about this FOA should be directed to Samantha Pearson, Healthy Communities Program Manager, Pennsylvania Downtown Center:

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