Federal Funds for Transportation and Recreation

How to apply for Federal-aid funds

by Christopher Douwes, Community Planner, Federal Highway Administration, Bob Richards, Program Coordinator, Tennessee Greenways and Trails


The Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Enhancement activities and Recreational Trails Program provide funds to develop transportation and recreation infrastructure for walking and bicycling, and to connect communities and promote active living. Attendees will learn how to apply for Federal-aid funds: what works, what doesn’t.

About the Authors

Christopher Douwes is a Community Planner with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington DC. He has managed the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) since 1992, Transportation Enhancement (TE) activities since 2003, Transportation Alternatives (TA) since 2012, and has assisted with Bicycle and Pedestrian Activities since 1992. He manages contracts for research, technology development, technical assistance, and training for trail-related activities., Christopher received his Masters of Science in Transportation from Northwestern University in 1990.

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Bob Richards is the Tennessee Greenways and Trails Program Coordinator, working with the RTP and the Greenways and Trails Council.

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