U.S. Department of Transportation announces $500 million funding opportunity through TIGER program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced September 6 the opportunity for state and local stakeholders to apply for $500 million in discretionary grant funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

“The TIGER grant program is a highly competitive program whose winners will be awarded with the funding they need to rebuild the infrastructure of their communities,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “TIGER grants will continue to fund innovative projects that will improve the safety of America’s passengers and goods.”

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017 appropriated $500 million, available through September 30, 2020 for National Infrastructure Investments. As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 TIGER grants program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region. The FY 2017 Appropriations Act specifies that TIGER Discretionary Grants may not be less than $5 million and not greater than $25 million, except that for projects located in rural areas the minimum TIGER Discretionary Grant size is $1 million.

The selection criteria remain fundamentally the same as previous rounds of the TIGER grants program, but the description of each criterion was updated. Additionally, the FY 2017 TIGER 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.

To provide technical assistance to a broad array of stakeholders, the DOT is hosting a series of webinars during the FY 2017 TIGER grant application process. Webinars on how to compete for TIGER grants will be held from 2-4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 19. To register, please visit the TIGER Webinar Series webpage. Additional webinars will be scheduled and more information posted online.

The deadline to submit an application for the FY 2017 TIGER grant program is Monday, October 16.

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