RAISE Discretionary Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the availability of $1 billion in FY 2021 discretionary grant funding for the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants. Similar to previous TIGER/BUILD Grant Projects, RAISE funding will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, innovation, and partnership. Within these criteria, the Department will prioritize projects that can demonstrate improvements to racial equity, reduce impacts of climate change and create good-paying jobs.
The maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $100 million can be awarded to a single state. Up to $30 million will be awarded to planning grants, including at least $10 million to Areas of Persistent Poverty.
To ensure that the benefits of infrastructure investments benefit communities large and small the Department will award an equitable amount, not to exceed half of funding, to projects located in urban and rural areas respectively.
The program is highly competitive with 680 projects funded out of over 9700 applications. It is one of the few DOT discretionary programs for which regional and local governments can directly compete for multimodal transportation funding.
To provide technical assistance to prospective applicants, DOT is hosting a series of webinars during the FY 2021 RAISE grant application process. To register for the webinars visit www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants/outreach. The deadline to submit an application is July 12, 2021 at 5pm Eastern.
DATES: Submissions are due July 12, 2021 at 5pm Eastern
For more information, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants
FY 2021 TTP Safety Fund
A Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY2021 TTPSF is expected soon. FHWA will establish a new funding category for “Systemic Roadway Departure Countermeasures” in FY 2021. The opportunity will be published on Grants.gov and links will be provided at https://highways.dot.gov/federal-lands/programs-tribal/safety/funds. For details and more information, subscribe to the FHWA OTT mailing list.