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U.S. Department of Transportation: Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Program

Deadline: July 19, 2018

Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation grants replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. BUILD Transportation grants will provide investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. Eligible projects for BUILD Transportation Grants are capital projects that include, but are not limited to: (1) highway, bridge, or other eligible road projects; (2) public transportation projects; (3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects; (4) port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry); and (5) intermodal projects. A total of up to $15 million is allowed for the planning, preparation, or design of projects eligible for BUILD Transportation funding. Activities eligible for funding under BUILD Transportation Planning Grants are related to the planning, preparation, or design — including environmental analysis, feasibility studies, and other pre-construction activities-of surface transportation projects. Research, demonstration, or pilot projects are eligible only if they will result in long-term, permanent surface transportation infrastructure that has independent utility.

Projects for BUILD will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments.

Amount: A total of $1,500,000,000 with awards ranging from $1,000,000-$25,000,000. No more than $150,000,000 will be awarded in a single state. At least 30 percent of funds available will be awarded to projects located in rural areas. Grants may be used for up to 80 percent of a project located in an urban area; the federal share of costs may increase above 80 percent for a project located in a rural area.

Eligibility: State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of state or local governments.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=303923

Note: A series of webinars will be held about the TIGER grant opportunity. See: https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants

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