$900 million in infrastructure grant funds available through U.S. transportation department

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $900 million in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

“These BUILD transportation grants will provide needed infrastructure investment to better connect rural and urban communities around our nation,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

Fiscal Year 2019 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects with a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.

To reflect the Administration’s ongoing effort to rebalance past under-investment in rural America, DOT intends to award up to 50 percent of BUILD transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas that align well with the selection criteria. The FY 2019 program’s selection criteria gives special consideration to projects that emphasize improved access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities in rural areas. This includes projects that improve infrastructure condition, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity, facilitate economic growth or competitiveness, deploy broadband as part of an eligible transportation project or promote energy independence.

Selection criteria encompass safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, state of good repair, innovation and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders.

For this round of BUILD grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million and no more than $90 million can be awarded to a single state.

To provide technical assistance to a broad array of stakeholders, DOT is hosting a series of webinars during the FY 2019 BUILD grant application process. Details and registration information regarding these webinars will be made available here.

The deadline to submit an application for the FY 2019 BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants program is July 15, 2019.

To view the NOFO, click here. More information is also available here.

Andrea Lee