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Roadside Pollinator Program

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Program Overview

The Pollinator-Friendly Practices on Roadsides and Highway Rights-of-Way Program (also referred to as the Roadside Pollinator Program) is an annual competitive grant program that awards grants to eligible entities to carry out activities that benefit pollinators on roadsides and highway rights-of-way, including the planting and seeding of native, locally appropriate grasses and wildflowers, including milkweed (23 U.S.C. 332(a)).

Program Goals

The intent of the program is to fund the implementation or improvement of existing pollinator friendly practices plans and projects, as well as encourage the use of best management practices for improving, restoring, creating, or protecting pollinator habitat in roadsides and rights-of-way.

Eligible Entities

Eligible applicants for Roadside Pollinator Program discretionary grants are State Departments of Transportation, Indian Tribes, and Federal Land Management Agencies.

Use of Funding and Eligible Activities

An eligible entity that receives funding shall use the funds for the implementation, improvement, or further development of a Pollinator-friendly practices plan (23 U.S. Code § 332(f)). A qualifying plan must describe pollinator-friendly practices that have been implemented or will be implemented (23 U.S.C. 332(d)(1)).

The pollinator-friendly practices should seek to create, enhance, restore, sustain, or maintain pollinator species and pollinator habitat on roadsides and highway right-of-way. Eligible activities and practices included in the statutory language are listed under 23 U.S. Code § 332(d).

Grant Application

DOT uses for receipt of all applications for this program's Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Applicants must register and use the system to submit applications electronically. Applicants are encouraged to register in advance of the submission deadline and to register to receive notifications of updates/amendments to this NOFO. Approval of user registrations for the site may take multiple weeks. It is the Applicant's responsibility to monitor for any updates to this Notice.

The deadline for FY 2023 funding applications is July 18th, 2024.

This FHWA website DOES NOT accept any applications.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

To view the NOFO please visit

Grant Resources


Webinar: How to Apply for the Roadside Pollinator Program: General Overview
April 29, 2024 (password: mt4gg^Yn)

Technical Resources

The Roadside Pollinator Program has compiled list of FHWA resources that may be helpful for pollinator-friendly project development. There are additional resources available on FHWAs Environmental Review Toolkit Pollinators website.

Pollinator Specific Resources:

Vegetation Management Resources:

Training, Videos & Presentations