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.


Competitive Grants & Programs Roadmap

Category

Roads, Bridges and Major Projects

Purpose

Employ, install, and operate advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, mobility, efficiency, system performance, intermodal connectivity, and infrastructure return on investment.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Political Subdivision
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Transit Agency
  • Consortium of research or academic institutions
Milestones

Funding opportunity closed in Fall 2022

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Category

Public Transportation

Purpose

Upgrade the accessibility of legacy rail fixed guideway public transportation systems for people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
Milestones

Anticipated NOFO release July 2023

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Category

Roads, Bridges and Major Projects

Purpose

Improve bridge and culvert condition, safety, efficiency, and reliability.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations
  • Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function
Milestones

Anticipated NOFO release Summer 2023

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Category

Infrastructure Projects

Purpose

Mitigation activities with an added focus on infrastructure projects benefitting disadvantaged communities, nature based solutions, climate resilience and adaption, and adopting hazard resistant building codes.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
Milestones

NOFO open in Spring 2023

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Category

Transportation Infrastructure

Purpose

Acquisition and installation of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging or alternative fueling infrastructure, operating assistance (for the first 5 years after installation), acquisition and installation of traffic control devices.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Cooperative
Milestones

Anticipated NOFO release Winter 2023

Category

Passenger and Freight Rail

Purpose

Safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Political Subdivision
  • Public Agency or Publicly Chartered Authority
  • Amtrack & Other Rail Carriers
  • Class II/III Railroads & Representative Associations
  • Rail Carriers & Equipment Manufacturers
  • Transportation Research Board
  • University Transportation Centers
  • Non-profit Organizations
Milestones

Anticipated NOFO release Fall 2023

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Category

Roads, Bridges and Major Projects

Purpose

Road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives and evaluated on safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness and opportunity, partnership and collaboration, innovation, state of good repair, and mobility and community connectivity.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Multi-State or Multijurisdictional group of entities
  • Transit Agency
  • Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function
Milestones

Application Closing Date 2/28/2023

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Category

Roads, Bridges and Major Projects

Purpose

Replacement, removal, and repair of culverts or weirs that meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish. Anadromous fish species are born in freshwater such as streams and rivers, spend most of their lives in the marine environment, and migrate back to freshwater to spawn.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
Milestones

Application Closing Date 2/6/2023

Anticipated NOFO release Winter 2023 - 2024
Category

Roads, Bridges and Major Projects

Purpose

Surface transportation more resilient to natural hazards, including climate change, sea level rise, flooding, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters through support of planning activities, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk costal infrastructure.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
Milestones

NOFO open in Spring 2023

Category

Safety

Purpose

Highway-rail or pathway-rail grade crossing improvement projects that focus on improving the safety and mobility of people and goods.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Political Subdivision
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Public Port Authority
  • Consortium of research or academic institutions
Milestones

Anticipated NOFO release Late Summer 2023

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Category

Roads, Bridges and Major Projects

Purpose

Planning grants and capital construction grants, as well as technical assistance, to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Facility Owners
Milestones

Anticipated NOFO release Late Spring 2023

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Category

Roads, Bridges and Major Projects

Purpose

Improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas to increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth and improve quality of life.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Regional transportation planning organizations
Milestones

Anticipated NOFO release Spring 2023

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Category

Safety

Purpose

Prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets.

Eligible Entities
  • Counties/Cities/Towns/Special Districts
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Transit Agencies
Milestones

Anticipated NOFO release April 2023

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Category

Public Transportation

Purpose

Conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems in order to improve transportation efficiency and safety.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Political Subdivision
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Public Port or Transit Authority
  • Consortium of research or academic institutions
Milestones

Anticipated NOFO release Fall 2023

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Category

Safety

Purpose

Ensure that disadvantaged communities adversely or disproportionately affected by environmental, climate, and human health policy outcomes have the technical tools and organizational capacity to compete for federal aid and deliver quality infrastructure projects that enable their communities and neighborhoods to thrive.

Eligible Entities
  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Political Subdivision
  • Metropolitan or Rural Transportation Planning Organization
  • Transit Agency
  • Non-profit organization/philanthropic entity
Milestones

Anticipated NOFO release Spring 2023

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Category

Safety

Purpose

Reduce the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions, and in carrying out that purpose, improve habitat connectivity.

Eligible Entities
  • State Highway Agency or equivalent
  • Local Government
  • Metropolitan or Rural Transportation Planning Organization
  • Regional Transportation Authority
  • Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function
Milestones

NOFO open in Winter 2022-23

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How can Maryland DOT help?

We can work with you on state projects if they are your local priorities, partner when feasible, provide a state match if state priority, give technical support, and other assistance.

If you are a local and interested in receiving a letter of support from MDOT, please fill out this request. We will need at least (two) full weeks upon receiving the information to route for signature.

Factors for Success:

The strongest applications will have a thorough understanding of grant requirements, including deadlines, eligible costs, the application process, overall intent, duration of grant funding, design and environmental review requirements, and local funding match requirements.

This includes a solid understanding of the grant itself, and how it pertains to one of the key focus areas for transportation under this legislation (Safety, Modernization, Climate, and Equity). Make your strongest argument possible, backed up by clear information, sound data, and broad community support at all governing and geographic levels with letters of support from partners. Additional factors to take into consideration are:

  • Most grant programs involve a match or “cost share” meaning that a portion of the project’s cost must be met with non-federal sources. The required match percentage, sources of match, and other requirements vary from program to program.
  • The Build America Bureau, responsible for supporting transportation infrastructure development projects and offers several programs to provide project finance assistance to State, local, and private project sponsors. These are customizable credit instruments that reduce project costs and increase flexibility.
  • Identify possible partnerships early in the application process. Partnering with local or state entities can increase the knowledge and resources available to enhance grant applications, ultimately giving proposals a more competitive edge.
  • Encourage letters of support from state or local entities. A letter can be a valuable tool to support your grant application that helps the awarding agency determine if the proposal is worthy of funding.
  • In alignment with the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative, these grants will prioritize and allocate at least 40% of the benefits from federal investments to disadvantaged communities.
  • Be aware of Build America, Buy America which requires the use of materials produced in the United States, increase the requirement for American-made content, and strengthens the waiver process associated with Buy American provisions.
  • All federal US DOT grant applications must be submitted through the Grants.gov portal. Registering is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take up to several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. Start the registration process as early as possible.
    • All applicants must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) as generated by www.SAM.gov to apply for a federal grant. Note that this can take a few weeks to process

Resources:

Each Competitive Grant is listed in the Building a Better America A Guidebook to the BIL. Please visit for more information about eligibility, funding dates, and program specifics. Similarly, there is an accompanying data file on Build.gov that allows users to quickly sort programs funded under the law by fields like agency, amount, eligible recipient, or program name.

For more information on specific grant funding opportunities and program details, please visit the following pages: