According to NH DOT "The goal of the federally-funded Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is to provide choices for non-motorized users that are safe, reliable, and convenient.
TAP was created under a federal law known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) to consolidate many stand-alone programs into a single, more flexible program. Programs replaced by TAP are Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails, Transportation Enhancement, and Scenic and Cultural Byways. The Recreational Trails Program is administered by the Department of Resource and Economic Development."
Here are the projects approved for 2015 contained in a press release dated February 6th 2015:
Community Federal Share Project
Nashua $400,000 Multi-use path and pedestrian bridge over Nashua Canal
Salem $326,400 Multi-use path along the existing M&L rail corridor
Colebrook $639,600 Complete the streets, Main Street Project
Laconia $503,930 Sidewalk upgrades and river walk on River Street
Claremont $477,519 New sidewalks on East St. and Woodman trail improvements
Exeter $600,000 Widen shoulders on Kingston Rd. (NH 111) for 1.1 mi.
Brookline $440,000 Sidewalks in two locations and multi-use path
Merrimack $436,000 Construct 2,500 ft. of non-motorized multi-use path
Dover $320,000 Multi-use path connecting Dover Community Trail
Henniker $240,020 Sidewalks on Rush Rd., Maple St., Prospect St. and Hall Ave.
Keene $329,292 Bike lane markings, improve bike/ped crossing at West Street underpass, and improvements to Ami Brown Road
Manchester $640,000 Multi-use path along Baker St. Brown Ave, Dubisz St., and Sundial Ave.
The grant awards are a competitive process. These 12 recipients were chosen from among 42 applicants. There is a guidance document that explains the mandatory steps required to apply.
In my opinion and only after reading the information on the NH DOT website, approving the warrant article will not preclude the Town from applying or receiving a grant, but I would expect that this will be investigated and confirmed before Town Meeting as the voting public will certainly want to know this information upfront.