Grant Details

Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization (NGDISM) Grant Program - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
CFDA: 20.708
Federal FON: 693JK324NF0013
Office: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 06/20/2024 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 05/09/2024
Match Required: No
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Range: $196,000,000 (Max)

The purpose of this program is to provide support for the repair, rehabilitation, or replacement of existing natural gas pipeline distribution infrastructure. Funding will allow municipality- or community-owned utilities to repair, rehabilitate, or replace high-risk, leak-prone natural gas infrastructure; or acquire equipment that will assist in reducing incidents and fatalities, as well as avoid economic losses. The program is intended to create good-paying jobs, promote economic growth, and benefit disadvantaged rural and urban communities with the safe provision of natural gas.

Program objectives are to:

  • Advance the safe delivery of energy through reducing the risk profile of existing municipal- and community-owned natural gas distribution infrastructure that contains high-risk, leaking, and/or leak-prone pipe
  • Focus on projects that will have the greatest benefits for communities of all sizes needing the most support to make their natural gas distribution pipelines safer for their residents and businesses, and to protect the environment from dangerous incidents and/or leaks
  • Benefit disadvantaged communities, in both rural and urban areas, by reducing incidents and fatalities and avoiding economic losses caused by natural gas distribution pipeline failures
  • Protect the environment and reduce climate impacts by remediating aged and failing natural gas distribution pipelines and distribution pipe prone to leakage
  • Provide positive economic impact and growth
  • Create and sustain good-paying infrastructure-related jobs

Program priorities are:

  • Safety: advancing safe, efficient transportation
  • Climate change and sustainability: avoiding adverse environmental impacts and addressing the disproportionate negative impacts of climate change and pollution on disadvantaged communities
  • Workforce development, job quality, and wealth creation: expanding strong labor standards, including high-quality workforce development programs with supportive services, demonstrating clearly utilization of local and economic hiring preferences that ensure workers come from disadvantaged communities, tracking and publishing aggregate workforce data, including local inclusive economic development and entrepreneurship, and describing a state/regional/local comprehensive plan to promote equal opportunity
  • Equity: creating proportional impacts to all populations in a project area, removing transportation-related disparities to all populations in a project area, and increasing equitable access to project benefits

The funding agency may consider geographic diversity, including the balance between urban, rural, and tribal communities. Refer to pages 28-29 of the NOFA file for additional information regarding program priorities.

Funds may be used for:

  • Construction costs, including labor costs, related to repairing, rehabilitating, or replacing leak-prone natural gas pipeline distribution infrastructure, which includes main lines, service lines, and related components
  • Equipment costs related to reducing incidents and fatalities and avoiding economic losses
  • Equipment purchases to improve an operator's leak detection capabilities, address a risk that could lead to the unsafe operation of a system, and/or improve an operator’s ability to locate difficult-to-find legacy pipelines

The purchase of equipment to reduce methane emissions during rehabilitation, repair, or replacement activities is an allowable program cost and should be included in the project's budget.

Last Updated: May 19, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are:

  • City or township governments owning and operating a natural gas distribution system
  • Community-owned utilities owning and operating a natural gas distribution system, when owned by the customers it serves
  • County governments owning and operating a natural gas distribution system
  • Municipality-owned utilities owning and operating a natural gas distribution system, owned by a local government
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments owning and operating a natural gas distribution system

Applicants must be the owners of the natural gas distribution pipeline system at the time of application. Entities operating both transmission and distribution systems may apply for projects involving their distribution systems.

Previously unsuccessful applicant may reapply. Entities that have previously received awards through this program are eligible to apply for new projects.

Applicants may submit applications for multiple projects.

For-profit entities and/or pipeline assets owned by for-profit entities are ineligible.

Previous award recipients include:

  • City of Trinidad (CO)
  • Citizens Gas and Coke Utility (IN)
  • City of New Albany Gas Department (MS)
  • Village of Deshler (OH)
  • Laurens Commission of Public Works (SC)

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

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Native American Tribe
Non Profits
Application Notes:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on June 20, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online at

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • SF 424A or SF 424C (as applicable)
  • SF 424B or SF 424D (as applicable)
  • lobbying form
  • SF LLL (if applicable)
  • Standard Title VI/non-discrimination assurances
  • Project narrative (25 pages max)
  • Budget narrative
  • Indirect cost agreement and/or statement (if applicable)
  • Most current distribution integrity management plan (DIMP)
  • Most current gas distribution system annual report (GDAR)
  • Additional attachments (optional)

Project narratives must be formatted on single-spaced pages with one-inch margins using a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman. Attachment file names must be descriptive. All application files must in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, and/or picture/image formats such as .gif, .jpeg, or .png.

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

Applicants are also encouraged to register for an account with FedConnect, which can be accessed online at

A recording of a webinar held for this program can be found online at

Applications will be evaluated according to the technical and programmatic review criteria, as well as the additional considerations, detailed on pages 26-30 and 43-52 of the NOFA file.

Refer to the NOFA and AppChecklist files for additional application information.

Match Required: No
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Range: $196,000,000 (Max)
Match Notes:

Matching funds are not required for this program; however, applicants may propose projects that involve nonfederal contributions and describe in their application the nature and impact of the nonfederal contribution on the proposed project. Nonfederal contributions will not be used as a factor during the application evaluation.

Funding Notes:

Up to $196 million is expected to be available to support awards through this program. There is no minimum award amount.

No single entity may receive more than 12.5 percent of the total funding available for this program across all fiscal years. A single entity may receive up to $125 million in total funding from this program.

Funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

The project period is 60 months. Funds are available for award/obligation through September 30, 2035.

Costs of the purchase of equipment to reduce methane emissions during rehabilitation, repair, or replacement activities should be included in each project's budget.

Contingency costs may not exceed 10 percent of awards, and are eligible when necessary to improve the precision of project estimates.

Low priority will be given to the following types of projects:

  • Replacing pipes where no notable safety issue is present with references to the infrastructure potentially leaking in the future
  • Installing high-cost advanced metering infrastructure
  • Acquiring construction equipment without an associated construction project

Funds may not be used for pre-award costs, unless award recipients receive pre-award authority from the funding agency, in writing.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Installing or extending new natural gas capabilities, such as projects that propose to install or extend new pipes for the purposes of providing services to new customers
  • Entertainment, alcohol, and morale costs
  • Expenses claimed and/or reimbursed by another program
  • Excessive costs for general office supplies, equipment, computer software, printing, and copying
  • Expenses that supplant existing operational funds
  • Any costs disallowed or stated as ineligible in Title 2, Part 200 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  • Lobbying or litigation
  • Directly or indirectly supporting or opposing union organizing
  • Projects related to transmission lines
  • Removal of propane tanks and installing natural gas piping system
  • Relocating pipes solely due to another construction project without a primary safety concern
  • Conducting system-wide assessments

Refer to page 16 of the NOFA file for additional information regarding ineligible costs.

For FY 2022, a total of $195,460,230 was distributed via 37 awards ranging from $92,203 to $10 million through this program. Refer to the Award file for details.


Program Staff
(202) 366-7652

Agency Address
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the program staff by 11:59 p.m. PT on June 13, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online at

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

NOFA File: US16187_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (439.3 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16187_StandardAssurances_FY2024.pdf (1.5 Mb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16187_AppChecklist_FY2024.pdf (139.9 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16187_WebinarPresentation_FY2024.pdf (735.8 Kb)
Award File: US16187_Award_FY2024.pdf (209.8 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16187_FAQ_FY2024.pdf (211.9 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The StandardAssurances file contains a required form for the submission of applications. The AppChecklist file contains a detailed checklist of required application components. The WebinarPresentation file contains the slides of a webinar held 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.

May 20, 2024
A list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program has been released and attached as the FAQ file. In addition, a recording of a webinar for this program has been released, and a link to the presentation is available in the Application section.

Project: Borough of Chambersburg Natural Gas Pipeline Resiliency Project - Phase 1 (22.9 Mb)
Applicant: Borough of Chambersburg

The purpose of this program is to provide support to municipality- or community-owned utilities to repair, rehabilitate, or replace their natural gas distribution pipeline system or portions thereof, or to acquire equipment to reduce incidents and fatalities and avoid economic losses. The Borough of Chambersburg requested $5,227,953 to replace roughly 3.5 miles of cast iron and unprotected steel gas mains with polyethylene plastic mains, as well as to replace all steel service lines along streets with polyethylene services.

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