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dotGrants is PennDOT's grant-management solution. The system was designed to assist applicants and the agency staff to effectively organize and manage online grant and grant-like requests for funding, allocation, and distribution.

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It is a workflow-based software that:

  • Collects program-specific applications
  • Generates grant agreements
  • Enables electronic signature
  • Maintains fund balances
  • Issues payments
  • Satisfies progress and performance reporting requirements

Business areas supported by dotGrants are: Public Transportation, Rail Freight, Aviation, Highway Safety and Traffic Engineering, and Municipal Programs.

Business Areas

​Public Transportation

Pennsylvania invests more than $1.5 Billion annually in public transportation — ranking fourth in the nation in direct support for public transportation. PennDOT oversees operating and capital investments for 36 fixed-route (scheduled local bus, light rail and commuter rail) systems, 35 community transportation systems, passenger rail service between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and 15 intercity bus routes provided by four intercity bus companies.

  • Commuter Rail Application
  • Consolidated Operating Application
  • Consolidated Capital Application
  • Intercity Bus Application
  • Technical Assistance Application
  • Community Public Transportation Application

​​Rail Freight

Pennsylvania ranks first in the country in the number of operating railroads (65), and also ranks near the top in total track mileage (more than 5,600 miles). PennDOT provides financial and technical assistance to railroads and businesses while promoting economic development through its grant programs and other resources.


PennDOT administers four grant programs for airport development: the federal Block Grant Program, the state Aviation Development Program, the state Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program and the Real Estate Tax Reimbursement Program. Together, these programs invest approximately $35 million annually into airport development.

  • Aviation Block Grant Program
  • Aviation Capital Budget Program — Transportation Assistance Program
  • Aviation Development Program
  • Real Estate Tax Reimbursement Program

​​Highway Safety

PennDOT provides traffic safety grants to local governments, Pennsylvania State-related universities and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, and nonprofit organizations to improve highway safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries due to crashes.

  • Police Traffic Services Proposal
  • Community Traffic Safety
  • Highway Safety Grant Proposal
  • Impaired Driving Program

​​Traffic Operations

PennDOT provides transportation enhancement and traffic operations grants to local agencies to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals (Green Light-Go) and a range of safety and mobility projects (Automated Red Light Enforcement Funding Program).

​Municipal Programs

The Municipal and County Liquid Fuels Programs support maintenance and construction efforts on locally owned roads, streets, and bridges. In 2007, the reporting processes for both programs were added to the dotGrants system.

  • Liquid Fuels
  • Turnback Payments
  • Municipal Services forms such as MS-965, MS-991, MS-999, MS-340, MS-329, Act 44, and Act 89