UPWP Funding Overview

The UPWP provides federal funds for transportation planning activities undertaken by GTC, its member agencies, and other municipalities throughout the nine-county Genesee-Finger Lakes Region. The upcoming UPWP covers the 2022-2023 fiscal year, which extends from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

GTC expects approximately $750,000 of federal transportation planning funds will be available for the upcoming fiscal year. Funding for successful applicants will become available on April 1, 2022. 

Transportation planning funds are available regarding three general areas of interest: 

1.  Physical improvements to the transportation system

2.  Non-infrastructure transportation services and programs

3.  Integration of transportation and land use

UPWP funds can only be used for concept-level planning, analysis, and design initiatives. UPWP funds cannot be used for property acquisition, site preparation, preliminary engineering, detailed design, operations and management, and/or construction projects.

Who can apply?

  • Any municipality in the nine-county GTC planning region

  • GTC member agencies

  • Other organizations with the sponsorship of a local municipality

How to apply?

  • Watch the Virtual Applicant Workshop video

  • Download the Call for Project Partnerships listed in the Documents section below

  • Download the Application form listed in the Documents section below

  • Fill out the Application form and submit your project idea to GTC by the October 15, 2021 deadline

Need more information? 

GTC staff are available to assist you with developing your project application. Please contact GTC Program Manager, Jody Binnix at [email protected] with any questions regarding the UPWP application process. 

Visit the GTC UPWP webpage or search an inventory of past Plans and Studies to learn more about the program. 

What happens next?

From October to December 2021, the UPWP Development Committee, consisting of representatives from GTC member agencies and GTC staff, will meet to review and evaluate the applications. In January 2022, a draft project list will be presented to the GTC Planning Committee and released for a 30-day public review period. At this time, GTC will notify applicants as to whether or not they received funding. If an application is not funded, GTC will provide an explanation and offer technical assistance on how the application can be improved for the following UPWP cycle. In February 2022, the draft UPWP, including the new projects, will be presented to the GTC Board for approval. Following Board approval, planning funds for new projects will be released starting April 1, 2022. At this time, GTC will assign a project liaison to work with each applicant to implement the project. 

Application Form and Guidebook

Download the PDF Files to the right. 

Virtual Applicant Workshop Video

A video recording of the Pre-Application Workshop follows below for applicants to watch at their convenience. New applicants are strongly encouraged to watch the workshop video before applying for UPWP funding.

Pre-Application Virtual Sessions

GTC staff will be available virtually the afternoons of Tuesday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 28, to meet one-on-one with applicants, answer questions about the process, and discuss potential proposals. Please email Jody Binnix at [email protected] to set-up a virtual session. 

The final report cover from a recently completed wayfinding master plan assessing the traffic and destinations signs to connect the nine villages in Livingston County.