Grant Details


National Infrastructure Investments: Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Grant Program - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
CFDA: 20.933
Federal FON: DTOS59-24-RA-RAISE
Office: Office of the Secretary (OST)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 02/28/2024 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 11/30/2023
   
Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Unspecified
Actual Funds: $1,500,000,000 (Confirmed)
Award Range: $25,000,000 (Max)
Summary:

The purpose of this program is to support surface transportation infrastructure projects that have a significant local or regional impact. This program is intended to improve safety; environmental sustainability; quality of life; mobility and community connectivity; economic competitiveness and opportunity, including tourism; state of good repair; partnership and collaboration; and innovation. In addition to issuing capital awards, the funding agency will set aside funds for the planning, preparation, or design of projects that do not result in construction.

Eligible capital projects include:

  • Highway, bridge, or other road projects eligible under Title 23 of the U.S. Code (U.S.C.)
  • Public transportation projects eligible under Title 49, Chapter 53 of the U.S.C
  • Passenger and freight rail transportation projects
  • Port infrastructure investments, including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry
  • Surface transportation components of an airport project eligible for assistance under Title 49, Part B, Subtitle VII of the U.S.C.
  • Intermodal projects
  • Projects to replace or rehabilitate a culvert or prevent stormwater runoff for the purpose of improving habitat for aquatic species while advancing the goals of this program
  • Projects investing in surface transportation facilities that are located on tribal land and for which title or maintenance responsibility is vested in the federal government
  • Any other surface transportation infrastructure projects that the funding agency considers to be necessary to advance the goals of this program

Capital projects may also include public road and non-motorized projects that are not otherwise eligible under Title 23 of the U.S.C.; transit-oriented development projects; and mobility on-demand projects that expand access and reduce transportation cost burden. Research, demonstration, or pilot projects are eligible only if they will result in long-term, permanent surface transportation infrastructure that has independent utility.

Funding will also support the planning, preparation, or design of eligible projects, including environmental analyses, equity analysis, community engagement, feasibility studies, benefit/cost analysis, and other pre-construction activities. Eligible activities related to multidisciplinary or regional planning projects include:

  • Development of master plans, comprehensive plans, transportation corridor plans, and integrated economic development, land use, housing, and transportation plans
  • Zero emissions plan for transit fleet
  • Planning activities related to the development of a multimodal freight corridor, including those that seek to reduce conflicts with residential areas and with passenger and non-motorized traffic
  • Planning activities related to zero-emissions goods movement
  • Development of port and regional port planning, including statewide or multiport planning with a single jurisdiction or region
  • Risk assessments and planning to identify vulnerabilities and address the transportation system’s ability to withstand probable occurrence or recurrence of emergencies or major disasters

For the purposes of this program, projects that include right-of-way acquisition will be considered capital projects. Projects that include right-of-way acquisition should include a timeline for construction.

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

Last Updated: February 02, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are:

  • States and the District of Columbia
  • Any territories or possessions of the United States
  • Units of local government
  • Public agencies or publicly chartered authorities established by one or more states
  • Special purpose districts or public authorities with a transportation function, including port authorities
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes or a consortium of such Indian tribes
  • Transit agencies
  • Multistate or multijurisdictional groups of entities

Multiple states or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and should identify the lead applicant as the primary point of contact and also identify the primary recipient of the award.

In addition to projects located in the United States, eligible projects include ones necessary for reconstruction of the Alaska Highway from the Alaskan border at Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory, to Haines Junction in Canada, and the Haines Cutoff Highway from Haines Junction in Canada to Haines, Alaska, as provided in Title 23, Section 218 of the U.S.C.

Previous recipients of funding through this program, the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, or the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program may apply for funding to support additional phases of a project previously awarded. In order to be competitive, such applicants should demonstrate the extent to which the previously funded project phase has met estimated project schedules and budget, as well as the ability to realize the benefits expected for the project.

Applicants may submit a total of three applications. If a lead applicant submits more than three applications as the lead applicant, only the first three received will be considered. Unrelated project components should not be bundled in a single application for the purpose of adhering to the limit.

Federal agencies are not eligible to apply.

Previous award recipients include:

  • City and Borough of Juneau (AK)
  • Miami-Dade County (FL)
  • City and County of Honolulu (HI)
  • Chicago Transit Authority (IL)
  • Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (LA)

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

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

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 28, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online at www.ecivis.com/grants.gov. If not submitted with the application, letters of support must be emailed or mailed to the appropriate address provided in the Contact section. Applications will not be accepted via mail, fax, email, or other means.

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • Project information form
  • Project description (5 pages max)
  • Project location file
  • Project budget (5 pages max)
  • Funding commitment documentation
  • Merit criteria (15 pages max)
  • Project readiness (5 pages max)
  • Benefit/cost analysis narrative (if applicable)
  • Benefit/cost analysis calculations (if applicable)
  • Letters of support (optional)

Attachments/files must be prepared as single-spaced documents with one-inch margins using a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman. Documents should be submitted in .pdf format, except for the project information form and the benefit/cost analysis calculations, which should be submitted in Excel format. Project location map files may be submitted in Shapefile, GeoJSON, KML, or KMZ format.

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.

Optional webinars are scheduled for this program as follows:

How to Compete Webinar
December 19, 2023
2:30 p.m. ET
Registration: usdot.zoomgov.com

Location Designations Webinar
January 4, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Registration: usdot.zoomgov.com

Additional webinars are scheduled on January 8, 2024, January 18, 2024, January 23, 2024, and February 1, 2024. Additional information regarding these webinars will be posted online at www.transportation.gov. Refer to page 7 of the WebinarPresentation file for additional information regarding these webinars.

Recordings of previously held webinars are available online at www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants/outreach.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following merit criteria:

  • Safety
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Quality of life
  • Mobility and community connectivity
  • Economic competitiveness and opportunity
  • State of good repair
  • Partnership and collaboration
  • Innovation

Refer to the NOFA, Guide, and WebinarSchedule files for additional application information.

Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Unspecified
Actual Funds: $1,500,000,000 (Confirmed)
Award Range: $25,000,000 (Max)
Match Notes:

In general, applicants must provide at least 20 percent of the total project cost via nonfederal matching contributions, unless the project is located in a rural area, a historically disadvantaged community (HDC), or an area of persistent poverty (APP).

For the purposes of this program, nonfederal sources of funding include:

  • State funds originating from programs funded by state revenue
  • Local funds originating from state or local revenue-funded programs
  • Private funds
  • Tribal transportation program funds under Title 23, Section 202 of the U.S. Code (U.S.C.)
  • Federal lands transportation program funds under Title 23, Section 203 of the U.S.C.
  • Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program funds under Title 23, Section 601(a) of the U.S.C.
  • Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program funds under Chapter 224 of the U.S.C.
  • Federal credit assistance repaid from nonfederal sources

The following may not be used as a match:

  • Toll credits under Title 23, Section 120(i) of the U.S.C.
  • Nonfederal funds used as a match for another federal grant program, unless otherwise authorized by statute
  • Previously incurred costs or previously expended or encumbered funds
Funding Notes:

A total of $1.5 billion is available to support awards through this program.

For capital awards, the minimum award amount is $5 million for projects located in urban areas and $1 million for projects located in rural areas. There is no minimum award amount for planning awards. The maximum award amount for both capital and planning awards is $25 million.

Funding will be allocated as follows:

  • Up to $750 million will be allocated to rural projects
  • Up to $750 million will be allocated to urban projects
  • At least $75 million will be allocated for planning awards
  • At least $15 million will be allocated to projects located in APPs and HDCs

Refer to pages 12-13 of the NOFA file for definitions of rural areas, urban areas, APPs, and HDCs in the context of this program.

No more than $225 million will be allocated to projects in a single state.

Funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

Awards will be made by June 27, 2024.

Funds will be available for obligation until September 30, 2028. Funds must be expended by September 30, 2033.

Research, demonstration, or pilot projects are only eligible if they will result in long-term, permanent surface transportation infrastructure that has independent utility.

Funds may not be used for improvements to federally owned facilities, unless they are projects investing in surface transportation facilities that are located on tribal land and for which title or maintenance responsibility is vested in the federal government.

Projects that include right-of-way acquisition are not eligible for planning awards.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Supporting or opposing union organizing
  • Costs incurred prior to the funding agency's obligation of funds, unless authorized in writing by the funding agency
  • Costs incurred under an advance construction authorization prior to award
  • Costs incurred under an Federal Transit Administration (FTA) letter of no prejudice prior to award
  • School bus electrification and broadband deployment as a standalone project

For FY 2023, more than $2.2 billion was distributed via 162 awards through this program. For FY 2022, more than $2.2 billion was awarded. For FY 2021, 63 capital awards ranging from $1.65 million to $25 million and 27 planning awards ranging from $100,000 to $2.08 million were issued. Refer to the Award file for details.

Contacts:

Andrea Jacobson
(202) 366-9603

Program Staff
RAISEgrants@dot.gov

Mailing Address
Secretary Pete Buttigieg
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the program contacts provided. Answers to questions and requests for clarifications will be posted online at www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants.

Applications must be submitted online at www.ecivis.com/grants.gov. If not submitted with the application, letters of support must be emailed or mailed to the appropriate address provided.

Files:
NOFA File: US9244_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (825.5 Kb)
Guide File: US9244_Guide_FY2024.pdf (249.3 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US9244_AppChecklist_FY2024.pdf (234.9 Kb)
Award File: US9244_Award_FY2024.pdf (39.4 Mb)
Other Pre-Award File: US9244_FAQ_FY2024.pdf (268.2 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US9244_WebinarSchedule_FY2024.pdf (230.3 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US9244_WebinarPresentation_FY2024.zip (11.9 Mb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The Guide file contains detailed application instructions. The AppChecklist file contains a list of required application components. The FAQ file contains a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program. The WebinarSchedule file contains information regarding an optional webinar scheduled for this program. The WebinarPresentation folder contains slides from webinar presentations held for this program. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients.

February 2, 2024
Additional slides from webinar presentations held for this program have been released and appended to the WebinarPresentation folder as the WebinarPresentation4, WebinarPresentation5, and WebinarPresentation6 files. Additional webinar recordings have also been released, and a link to the presentations is available in the Application section.

January 17, 2024
Additional slides from webinar presentations held for this program have been released and appended to the WebinarPresentation folder as the WebinarPresentation2 and WebinarPresentation3 files.

December 28, 2023
A recording of a webinar for this program has been released, and a link to the presentation is available in the Application section. The slides of the webinar have been released and attached as the WebinarPresentation file. Additionally, information regarding an additional webinar scheduled for this program has been appended to WebinarSchedule file. The Application section has been updated accordingly.

December 12, 2023
Information regarding an optional webinar scheduled for this program has been released and attached as the WebinarSchedule file. The Application section has been updated accordingly.

December 5, 2023
A list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program has been released and attached as the FAQ file. The Application and Contact sections have been updated accordingly.

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Summary:

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Summary:

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