Grant Details


Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP) - FY 2023

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
CFDA: 20.205
Federal FON: 693JJ324NF00012
Office: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 06/17/2024 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 03/19/2024
   
Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Range: $44,550,000 (Max)
Summary:

The purpose of this program is to support the planning, design, and construction of projects that provide safe and connected active transportation infrastructure in an active transportation network or active transportation spine. Projects will help improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of active transportation networks and communities; improve connectivity between active transportation modes and public transportation; enhance the resiliency of on- and off-road active transportation infrastructure and help protect the environment; and improve quality of life in disadvantaged communities through the delivery of connected and active transportation networks and expanded mobility opportunities.

Funding will be distributed across the following two categories of grants:

  • Planning and design grants: funding may be used for:
    • Public engagement activities, including community visioning, outreach to affected disadvantaged populations, or other place-based strategies for public input into project plans
    • Design and planning studies that support the development of a construction project such as traffic studies supporting an active transportation outcome, active transportation network plans, connectivity analyses, asset inventories, and data collection of active transportation network gaps
    • Conceptual and preliminary engineering tied to projects in an approved plan
    • Other related transportation planning activities for active transportation networks or spines
  • Construction grants: funding may be used for:
    • Property acquisition
    • Site preparation, demolition, or development
    • Payment of bonds/notes
    • Fees in connection with execution and financing of the project
    • Cost of studies, surveys, plans, permits, insurance, interest, financing, tax, and assessments
    • Cost of construction, rehabilitation, and reconstruction
    • Cost of land improvements
    • Contractor fees
    • Training and education related to safety of users as part of the project

Applicants may request a planning and design grant for projects that develop a plan for an active transportation network or spine project. Applicants with an existing plan may also apply for a planning and design grant to update and further develop their plan. Construction grants may include the full range of planning and design activities that may be undertaken as part of a planning and design grant.

The funding agency is particularly interested in projects that advance the following priorities:

  • Safety: projects that advance safe, efficient transportation
  • Climate change and sustainability: projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector; incorporate evidence-based climate resilience measures and features; reduce lifecycle GHG emissions from project materials; avoid adverse environmental impacts to air or water quality, wetlands, and endangered species; and address the disproportionate negative environmental impacts of transportation on disadvantaged communities
  • Equity: projects that create proportional impacts to all populations in a project area, significantly decrease transportation related disparities from all populations in a project area, and increase equitable access to project benefits
  • Workforce development, job quality, and wealth creation: projects that create good-paying jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union and the incorporation of strong labor standards and training and placement programs, especially registered apprenticeships, in project planning stages

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Connect key community institutions through active transportation infrastructure, particularly schools
  • Provide substantial benefits to disadvantaged communities within or around the project area

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

Last Updated: March 21, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are:

  • Local or regional governmental organizations, including metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) or regional planning organizations or councils
  • Multicounty special districts
  • States, including any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
  • Indian tribes

Projects must consist of an active transportation project or group of projects within or between a community or group of communities, at least one of which falls under the jurisdiction of the applicant. Applicants with projects located in part on federal land must have a cooperative agreement with the appropriate federal agency with jurisdiction over the federal land before submitting an application.

Applicants may apply for both a planning and design grant and a construction grant; however, the applications must be for separate projects. If an applicant applies for a planning and design grant and a construction grant for the same project, it will be treated as a construction grant.

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

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 17, 2024.

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

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • Grants.gov lobbying form
  • SF LLL
  • SF 424A or SF 424C (as applicable)
  • Budget narrative
  • SF 424B or SF 424D (as applicable)
  • Project narrative (15 pages max for planning and design grants; 20 pages max for construction grants)

The funding agency recommends that the project narrative be prepared with standard formatting preferences, such as single-spacing, one-inch margins, and a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman.

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 will be held for this program as follows:

April 9, 2024
11:00 a.m. ET
Registration: usdot.zoomgov.com

In addition, an optional webinar will be held for tribal nations as follows:

April 10, 2024
9:00 a.m. ET
Registration: usdot.zoomgov.com

Applications will be evaluated according to the following merit criteria:

  • Mobility and community connectivity
  • Community support
  • Commitment to increasing walking, biking, and other types of active transportation
  • Financial completeness
  • Equitable development
  • Other goals and priorities of the funding agency

Refer to the NOFA file for additional application information.

Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Range: $44,550,000 (Max)
Match Notes:

In general, applicants must provide at least 20 percent of the total project cost via cash or in-kind contributions. Applicants that provide matching contributions in excess of the required minimum will receive additional points during the application evaluation process. Matching funds are not required for projects serving communities with a poverty rate of over 40 percent based on the majority of census tracts served.

Matching contributions may include other federal funds, but only if specifically allowed by statute. For tribal applicants, matching contributions may include Tribal Transportation Program funds.

Matching contributions may not include previously incurred costs or previously expended or encumbered funds.

Funding Notes:

Up to $44.55 million is available to support awards through this program. Funding will be distributed across the following two categories of grants:

  • Planning and design grants: up to $19.62 million may be awarded in planning and design grants
  • Construction grants: up to $41.55 million may be awarded in construction grants, of which at least 30 percent will be set aside for projects that construct active transportation networks, and at least another 30 percent will be set aside for projects that construct active transportation spines

At least $3 million will be awarded in planning and design grants, at least $12,465,000 in construction grants for active transportation networks, and at least $12,465,000 in construction grants for active transportation spines. The funding agency reserves the right to award the remaining $16.62 million on any type of grant. The funding agency expects to award multiple planning and design grants and fewer construction grants.

Planning and design grants must be for projects that have planning and design costs of not less than $100,000. There is no maximum award size for planning and design grants. The funding agency expects that planning and design grants will range between $100,000 and $2 million.

Construction grants must have a total project cost of at least $15 million. There is no maximum award size for construction grants. The funding agency intends to award a minimum of $7.5 million for any given construction grant, and a maximum of $15 million for qualifying disadvantaged communities or $12 million for all other construction grant applications.

If the successful applicant is a state department of transportation (DOT), or a state DOT will serve as a pass-through entity to a non-state DOT entity, funds will be awarded upon the execution of a project agreement. If the successful applicant is a non-state DOT, funds will be awarded upon the execution of a grant agreement with the funding agency.

Awards must be obligated by a signed grant agreement by September 30, 2026.

The project period is expected to be no more than two years for planning and design grants and five years for construction grants.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Pre-award costs, unless authorized by the funding agency in writing
  • Supporting or opposing union organizing, whether directly or as an offset for other funds
Contacts:

Primary Contact:

Kenan Hall
Agreement Specialist
(202) 366-1533
ATIIP@dot.gov

Alternate Contact:

Hector Santamaria
Agreement Officer/Team Leader
(202) 493-2402
ATIIP@dot.gov

Agency Address
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the appropriate program contact by May 3, 2024. Emailed questions are preferred. The funding agency intends to post answers to questions and requests for clarification online at www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/atiip and www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/guidance.

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

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

Files:
NOFA File: US17608_NOFA_FY2023.pdf (389.1 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program.

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Grant Categories
Community Development
Environment/Natural Resources
Transportation