DOT to release more transportation grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will make $527 million available for the third round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. TIGER grants fund transportation projects that create jobs and have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area.
For this round of grants, projects will be selected based on their ability to contribute to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation; improve the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems; increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; improve the safety of U.S. transportation facilities; and improve the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections. DOT also will focus on projects that are expected to quickly create and preserve jobs and spur rapid increases in economic activity.
TIGER Planning Grants — which fund planning, preparation or design of capital projects — will not be available in this round, but those activities may be eligible if they are part of an overall construction project that receives TIGER Discretionary Grants funding. Applicants for a TIGER Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) payment must also submit a TIFIA letter of interest along with their application. Finally, applicants may submit no more than three applications for consideration as a lead applicant.
The U.S. DOT will require all applicants to submit a “pre-application” before submitting a final application. Applicants can submit pre-applications through www.grants.gov between Aug. 22 and Oct. 3.