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
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.