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U.S. Department of Transportation: BUILD Discretionary Grants

Deadline: July 15, 2019

The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation grants (BUILD Transportation grants) will fund surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact.

The BUILD program will give special consideration to projects which emphasize improved access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for communities in rural areas, such as projects that improve infrastructure condition, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity, or facilitate economic growth or competitiveness. Such projects may concurrently invest in broadband to better facilitate productivity, including through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect Loan and Grant program, and help rural citizens access opportunities, or promote energy independence to help deliver significant local or regional economic benefit.

Eligible projects for BUILD Transportation grants are surface transportation capital projects that include, but are not limited to: (1) highway, bridge, or other road projects eligible under United States Code; (2) public transportation projects eligible under United States Code; (3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects; (4) port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry); and (5) intermodal projects.

Amount: Approximately $900,000,000 is available to award grants ranging from $5,000,000-$25,000,000, except that for projects located in rural areas, which will be awarded grants of $1,000,000-$25,000,000.

The Federal share of project costs for which an expenditure is made under the BUILD Transportation grant program may not exceed 80 percent for a project located in an urban area. The Federal share of costs may be approved 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=314994

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