Grant Details


Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant Opportunity (MPDG): Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highways Projects Grants Program (INFRA) - FY 2023/2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
CFDA: 20.934
Federal FON: NSMFHP-23-24-INFRA
Office: Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 08/21/2023 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 06/26/2023
   
Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Unspecified
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Range: $3,000,000,000 (Min) / $3,100,000,000 (Max)
Summary:

The purpose of this program is to support surface infrastructure projects, including highway and bridge; intercity passenger rail; railway-highway grade crossing or separation; wildlife crossing; public transportation; marine highway; freight projects; or groups of such projects with significant national or regional impact or that will improve and expand surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas. In particular, this program will support multimodal freight and highway projects of national or regional significance to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people in and across rural and urban areas.

Eligible projects include:

  • Highway freight projects on the National Highway Freight Network
  • Highway or bridge projects on the National Highway System
  • Freight intermodal, freight rail, or freight projects within the boundaries of a public or private freight rail; water, including ports; or intermodal facilities that are necessary to facilitate direct intermodal interchange, transfer, or access into or out of facilities
  • Highway-railway grade crossing or grade separation projects
  • Wildlife crossing projects
  • Surface transportation projects within the boundaries of, or functionally connected to, an international border crossing that improves a facility owned by the federal/state/local government and increases throughput efficiency
  • Projects for marine highway corridors that are functionally connected to the National Highway Freight Network (NHFN) and are likely to reduce road mobile source emissions
  • Highway, bridge, or freight projects on the NHFN

Projects must fall under one of the following categories:

  • Large projects: projects that:
    • Generate national or regional economic, mobility, and/or safety benefits
    • Demonstrate cost effectiveness
    • Contribute to the accomplishment of one more of the goals under Title 23, Section 150 of the U.S. Code
    • Are based on the results of preliminary engineering
    • Demonstrate that they cannot be easily and efficiently completed without other federal funding or financial assistance
  • Small projects: projects that:
    • Demonstrate cost effectiveness
    • Address mobility in the state or region
    • Address safety on freight corridors with significant hazards

Eligible uses of funds include:

  • Development phase activities, including planning, feasibility analysis, revenue forecasting, environmental review, preliminary engineering, design, and other pre-construction activities
  • Construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or acquisition of property; environmental mitigation; construction contingencies; equipment acquisition; and operational improvements
  • Subsidy and administrative costs necessary to receive credit assistance through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, known in eCivis Grants Network as US1116

All projects must meet the following requirements:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be designed with specific elements to address climate change impacts
  • Target at least 40 percent of resources and benefits toward low-income communities, disadvantaged communities, communities underserved by affordable transportation, and/or overburdened communities
  • Proactively address equity and barriers to opportunity, including automobile dependence, or redress prior inequities and barriers to opportunity
  • Support the creation of good-paying jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union and incorporate strong labor standards and workforce programs in project planning and delivery

Priority will be given to projects that result in construction.

Additional consideration will also be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Address deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates and transportation costs in rural communities
  • Benefit areas of persistent poverty, as defined on page 26 of the NOFA file, and/or historically disadvantaged communities, as defined on pages 26-27 of the NOFA file
  • Are located in designated development zones, including Opportunity Zones, Empowerment Zones, Promise Zones, and Choice Neighborhoods, as detailed on pages 85-86 of the NOFA file

Optional webinars are scheduled for this program. Refer to the Application section for details.

This program is related to the funding agency's National Infrastructure Project Assistance Grants Program, known in eCivis Grants Network as US16990, and the funding agency's Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program, known as US16993.

Last Updated: February 09, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are:

  • States or groups of states
  • Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) that serve urbanized areas with a population of more than 200,000 individuals, as listed on pages 5-13 of the Overview file
  • Units of local government or groups of local governments
  • Political subdivisions of states or local governments
  • Special purpose districts or public authorities with a transportation function, including port authorities
  • Federal land management agencies applying jointly with a state or group of states
  • Tribal governments or consortia of tribal governments
  • Multistate corridor organizations
  • Multistate or multijurisdictional groups of eligible entities

States include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Entities serving other U.S. territories are also eligible.

Multiple states or entities that submit a joint application must identify one entity as the lead applicant.

Additional consideration will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Address deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates and transportation costs in rural communities
  • Benefit areas of persistent poverty, as defined on page 26 of the NOFA file, and/or historically disadvantaged communities, as defined on pages 26-27 of the NOFA file
  • Are located in designated development zones, including Opportunity Zones, Empowerment Zones, Promise Zones, and Choice Neighborhoods, as detailed on pages 85-86 of the NOFA file

Applicants for this program may also apply for the funding agency's National Infrastructure Project Assistance Grants Program, known in eCivis Grants Network as US16990, and/or the funding agency's Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program, known as US16993; however, applicants may not apply for the same project through all three programs. Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple programs. Applicants may submit no more than three unique applications as the lead applicant for each program for up to a total of nine applications for the funding agency's MPDG program overall. There is no limit on the number of applications in which the applicant may be listed as a partnering agency.

Applicants may apply for projects that contain more than one component, as detailed on pages 27-29 of the NOFA file, as well as a network of projects, as detailed on pages 29-30 of the NOFA file.

A private railroad is not eligible to apply directly; however, if an award recipient has independent legal authority to contract with or award funds to a railroad, then that railroad could receive funds as a contractor or a subrecipient.

Previous award recipients include:

  • Morgan County (CO)
  • Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (PA)
  • Florida Department of Transportation (FL)
  • New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ)
  • Arizona Department of Transportation (AZ)

Refer to the Award file for additional information regarding previous award recipients.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Consortia
Native American Tribe
Other
State Government
Application Notes:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on August 21, 2023.

Applications must be submitted online at www.ecivis.com/grants.gov.

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • SF 424C
  • Project information form
  • Project description (5 pages max)
  • Project location file
  • Project budget, sources, and uses of funding (5 pages max)
  • Funding commitment documentation
  • Outcome criteria narrative (15 pages max)
  • Project readiness (5 pages max)
  • Project requirements (5 pages max)
  • Benefit-cost analysis narrative
  • Benefit-cost analysis calculations
  • Letters of support (optional)
  • Community benefits plan (optional)
  • Title VI plan (optional)
  • Supporting documents (optional)

Application files are must be submitted on single-spaced pages with one-inch margins, using a standard 12-point font, such as Times New Roman. All documents must be submitted as .pdf files, except for the project information form and the benefit-cost analysis calculations form, which must be submitted as Microsoft Excel files. The project location file may be a zipped shapefile, KML/KMZ file, or GEOJSON file. For supporting documents, if possible, website links to supporting documentation should be provided rather than copies of these supporting materials.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at www.ecivis.com/sam.

An optional webinar for this program is scheduled as follows:

June 29, 2023
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
Registration: usdot.zoomgov.com

Additional webinars are expected to be scheduled. Additional information will be posted online at www.transportation.gov.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Project outcome criteria:
    • Safety
    • State of good repair
    • Economic impacts, freight movement, and job creation
    • Climate change, resiliency, and the environment
    • Equity, multimodal options, and quality of life
    • Innovation areas: technology, project delivery, and financing
  • Economic analysis
  • Project readiness
  • Additional considerations

Refer to pages 59-89 of the NOFA file for information regarding additional application evaluation criteria.

Refer to the NOFA file for additional application information.

Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Unspecified
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Range: $3,000,000,000 (Min) / $3,100,000,000 (Max)
Match Notes:

In general, applicants must provide at least 40 percent of total project costs via matching contributions.

Set-aside funding is available through this program to support projects that will provide at least 50 percent of total project costs via matching contributions.

Other federal assistance may be used as a match; however, total federal assistance, including funding provided through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, known in eCivis Grants Network as US1116, and Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program, known as US12985, for the proposed project is generally limited to 80 percent of total project costs. Refer to pages 12-13 of the NOFA file for additional information and exceptions to this rule.

For federal land management agencies applying jointly with a state or a group of states and carrying out the project, federal funds that were not made available under titles 232 or 49 of the U.S. Code may be used as a match.

For large projects, applicants must demonstrate the availability of one or more stable and dependable nonfederal funding or financing sources to construct, maintain, and operate the project, and to cover unanticipated cost increases.

The following may not be used as a match:

  • Matching contributions for another federal program
  • Pre-award costs, including previously incurred, expended, and/or encumbered funds
Funding Notes:

An estimated $3 million to $3.1 billion is expected to be available to support awards through this program. The minimum award amount will vary according to project type, as follows:

  • Large projects: $25 million
  • Small projects: $5 million

The total funding available for this program will be allocated as follows:

  • At least 15 percent will be allocated to small projects, of which at least 30 percent will be allocated to projects located in rural areas
  • Up to 85 percent will be allocated to large projects, of which at least 25 percent will be allocated to projects located in rural areas
  • Up to 30 percent will be allocated to the following types of projects:
    • Projects involving freight rail, or water, including ports and marine highway corridors
    • Other freight intermodal projects that make significant improvements to freight movement on the National Highway Freight Network or National Multimodal Freight Network
    • Wildlife crossing projects
    • Projects located within, or functionally connected to, an international border crossing area in the United States
    • Projects that improve a transportation facility owned by a federal, state, or local government entity
    • Projects that increase the throughput efficiency of border crossings
  • A total of $150 million will be allocated to projects that provide at least 50 percent of total project costs via matching contributions, of which at least 10 percent will be allocated to small projects and at least 25 percent will be allocated to rural project

The minimum required total project cost for large projects will vary according to project type, as follows:

  • $100 million
  • Thirty percent of a state's FY 2022 federal aid apportionment for projects located in one state
  • Fifty percent of the larger participating state's FY 2021 apportionment for projects located in more than one state

Refer to pages 22-23 of the NOFA file for a list of minimum total project cost amounts for large projects according to state. Projects that do not meet the minimum aforementioned project size requirements will be considered small projects for the purposes of this program.

Large projects are expected to begin construction within 18 months after the date of obligation of funds.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Pre-award costs
  • Supporting or opposing union organizing

For FY 2023/2024, 28 awards were provided through this program. For FY 2022, a total of $1.5 billion was disbursed via 26 awards ranging from $10 million to $150 million. For FY 2021, a total of $905.25 million was disbursed via 24 awards ranging from $5 million to $92,111,956. Refer to the Award file for details.

Contacts:

Program Staff
MPDGrants@dot.gov

Paul Baumer
(202) 366-1092

Agency Address
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the program contacts provided. A list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program will be posted online at www.transportation.gov.

Applications must be submitted online at www.ecivis.com/grants.gov.

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

Files:
NOFA File: US16842_NOFA_FY2023-24.pdf (714.3 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16842_ProjectInformationForm_FY2023-24.xlsx (230.9 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16842_Overview_FY2023-24.pdf (149.9 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16842_FAQ_FY2023-24.pdf (269.3 Kb)
Award File: US16842_Award_FY2023-24.pdf (7.1 Mb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The ProjectInformationForm file contains a required form for submission. The Overview file contains additional program information, including information regarding the optional webinars that are scheduled for this program. The FAQ file contains a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients. Additional program resources can be found online at www.transportation.gov.

February 9, 2024
Information regarding awards through this program has been released and appended to the Award file. A brief summary of the awards has been added to the Financial section, and a sample of award recipients has been added to the Eligibility section.

August 10, 2023
An updated list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program has been released and attached as the FAQ file.

July 26, 2023
A list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program has been released and attached as the FAQ file. The Eligibility section has been updated accordingly.

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