Federal Grant Information 

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Competitive Grants

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (Public Law No: 117-58), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), signed into law on November 15, 2021, is a $1.2 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure intended to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, upgrade and expand public transit, modernize the nation’s ports and airports, improve safety, address the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind.

The BIL includes five-year reauthorization (FY22-26) of surface transportation programs and direct advanced appropriations. Total transportation funding in this five-year package is over $660 billion. As of November 2022, over $2.6 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding has been announced and is headed to Maryland with over 35 specific projects identified for funding. Maryland is set to receive over $2.2 billion for transportation to invest in roads, bridges, public transit, ports and airports.

In order to provide stakeholders with more visibility into upcoming federal opportunities, MDOT is publishing a list of IIJA grants. This list is not comprehensive and will be updated periodically with new programs and dates. New programs are at varies stages of development. A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is released by a federal agency to announce program specific funding availability. Applicants should consult program-specific guidance in the NOFO.

How Can a You Prepare for IIJA Opportunities?

IIJA creates new competitive grants and expands existing programs. Each will have specific selection criteria, eligibility, and geographic distribution requirements. Grant opportunities are offered annually and can be awarded on a one-time basis over one year or for a project over multiple years These grants are unique to each round of funding authorization.

It is important to identify priorities and key projects for your community, transportation or otherwise. Determine how additional grant funding can help achieve your goals and explore the wide range of available grants to determine which align with your priorities and aspirations.

Review the IIJA Guidebook to identify potential grant avenues to pursue. When you have found a grant that you wish to apply for, evaluate your internal capacity to apply and your ability to manage projects when successful identifying key staff and available resources will help make the most of your effort. Finally, pursue partnerships; collaboration is essential and MDOT is here to help. Every Competitive Grant program is unique. Look to your priorities and tailor each application to match the policy intent, desired outcomes, and specific requirements.

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