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U.S. DoT BUILD Grants for Transportation - Open to Public Entities

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 @ 09:06 AM

If your municipality or county organization provides public transportation services, you probably are familiar with U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) grant funding and
the fact that it is usually reBusserved almost exclusively for state departments of transit and other official transit agencies.  However, in late April the DoT announced a new program, the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program, which will be open to any public entities who seek funding for “surface transportation infrastructure” initiatives.

This new BUILD program for FY 2018 replaces the previous Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program through DoT, a program that has provided over $5.6 billion dollars to 463 projects throughout the U.S. and its territories over the last nine years. For FY 2018, preference for BUILD grant awards will be given to projects that focus on or include rural communities, with at least 30% of the overall funding reserved for rural entities / projects. 

Below is some key information about this new grant opportunity.

BUILD Project Focus Requirements

  • Must be a surface transportation infrastructure initiative
    • Examples: roads, bridges, and buses, but not subways or air travel
  • Must provide substantial local or regional impact, including improved quality of life
  • Must include clear safety protocols
  • Must consider and work toward environmental protection
  • Must be innovative
  • Must include partnerships
  • Must generate revenue to use for future transportation infrastructure projects

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to “any public entity, including municipalities, counties, port authorities, tribal governments, MPOs, or others.”

Award Amounts

  • Maximum award is $25 million per institution.
  • A single state cannot receive more than $150 million.

Application Process and Due Dates 

  • Webinars are available for more information on the full grant application process. While the June 5th webinar is already full, and the June 6th webinar is for rural and tribal entities only, all webinars will be recorded and posted here for subsequent viewing.
  • Applications are due Thursday, July 19th, 2018

If you have additional questions about this grant, you can contact the DoT directly.

If you are interested in applying for this grant and could use help planning your project or writing your application, contact The Grant Helpers today.

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