Federal Grant Information 

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Competitive Grants

The passing of IIJA includes over $550 Billion in funding via Competitive Discretionary Grants, giving USDOT control over $22B in awards in FY 2022 alone. This includes targeted funding to key issue areas; and expands to include new types of planning and capital projects.

What do transportation stakeholders need to know to navigate this complex legislation?

IIJA creates new competitive grants and expands existing programs. Each will have specific selection criteria, eligibility, and geographic distribution requirements. Funding can be awarded on a one time basis, while other programs can be awarded over multiple years through multiple application periods. These grants are unique to each round of funding authorization.

IIJA codified certain policy priorities that decision makers will look for in project benefits, including:

  • Mitigation of climate impacts
  • Redressing historic inequities
  • Equitable access to transportation and opportunity
  • Safety of the system, especially for vulnerable users

How Can a Community Prepare for IIJA Opportunities?

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.Availability of each grant will be announced and accompanied by a Notice of Funding Opportunities. Look closely at:

  • Overall program size including the minimum/maximum grant size
  • Set-asides that target regions, density, and purpose
  • Goals of your project compared to goals of the grant

When you've 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.

How can Maryland DOT help?

View the MDOT 2022 Local Resource Guide (PDF)

We can work with you on state projects if they are your local priorities, and help with writing letters of support, reviewing grants, partnering when feasible, providing state
match if state priority, providing technical support, and other assistance.


Competitive Grants & Programs Roadmap

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Grant / Focus Area Eligible Uses

Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program:
$1B to restore community connectivity through infrastructure conversions and planning activities.

Grants (≥$5 million) for capital construction projects, including removal and replacement of eligible facilities; planning grants (≥$2 million) for projects that restore community connectivity. FY 2022 applications due October 13.

All Station Accessibility Program:
$1.75B for the removal of rail station barriers and provision of equitable mobility options for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Funding to upgrade the accessibility of legacy rail fixed guideway public transportation systems for people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs. FY 2022 applications due in September

Bridge Investment Program:
$12.2B to improve bridge and culvert condition, safety, efficiency, and reliability, on the most economically important bridges.

Replace, rehabilitate, preserve or protect National Bridge Inventory bridges; replace or rehabilitate culverts to improve flood control and connectivity for aquatic species. FY 2022 applications due in September

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grants:
$2.5B to deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen/propane/natural gas fueling infrastructure along designated corridors and in communities.

Acquisition, installation, and operating assistance for publicly accessible infrastructure. Priority will be given to rural areas, low and moderate income neighborhoods, and communities with low ratios of private parking or high ratios of multiunit dwellings. Timing of NOFO TBD

Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost Saving Transportation (PROTECT)
$1.4B to support resilience planning and improvements.

Highway, transit, and port projects; resilience planning activities; construction activities (oriented towards resilience); evacuation route planning, construction, or upgrades, and at risk coastal infrastructure. Timing of NOFO TBD.

Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Program
$500M to pilot and leverage the use of Intelligent infrastructure, AV/CV, Smart technology, etc.

For communities to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart city or community technologies and systems to improve transportation efficiency and safety. FY 2022 NOFO anticipated in September.

Railroad Crossing Elimination Grants
$3B for highway rail or pathway rail grade crossing improvements that will enhance safety and mobility.

Grade separation or closure, track relocation, protective devices, or related projects. Planning, environmental review, and design of projects are also eligible. FY 2022 applications due in October.
Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program (CRISI)
$5B to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail.
Freight and passenger rail capital, safety technology deployment, planning, environmental analyses, research, workforce development, and training projects. FY 2022 NOFO anticipated in September.

Local and Regional Project Assistance Grants (RAISE)
Formerly BUILD and TIGER programs. RAISE provides $7.5B for road, rail, transit, and other surface transportation of local or regional significance.

Projects that USDOT deem necessary to advance the goal of the program and that fall under eligible titles can apply. Selection criteria includes safety, sustainability, equity, economic competitiveness, mobility, and community connectivity. FY 2022 applications closed.
Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A)
$5B to support local initiatives to prevent fatalities and serious injuries on roads and streets, commonly referred to as "Vision Zero" or "Toward Zero Deaths" initiatives.
Aimed at local and Tribal “Vision Zero” plans, the development of comprehensive safety action plans, and other safety improvements for all roadway users. FY 2022 applications due in September.

National Culvert Removal, Replacement, & Restoration Grant
$1B to improve or restore passage for anadromous fish.

Projects to replace, remove, or repair culverts or weirs that improve or restore anadromous fish passage. FY 2022 NOFO anticipated Summer 2022.
Advanced Transportation Technologies & Innovative Mobility Deployment
$900M for advanced transportation technologies.
Deployment, installation, and operation of projects that will improve safety, mobility, efficiency, system performance, intermodal connectivity, and infrastructure return on investment. Timing of NOFO TOBD.

Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program
$350M to reduce wildlife vehicle collisions.

Projects that seek to reduce the number of wildlife vehicle collisions and improve habitat connectivity. Timing of NOFO TOBD.
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program (BRIC)
$1B to support communities undertaking hazard mitigation projects to reduce risks from disasters and other natural hazards.
Under this FEMA program communities apply as sub-applicants under their states. For more information, visit the FEMA link in ‘Resources’ below. FY 2022 applications are anticipated to open no later than Sept. 30.

Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program
$2B for rural areas to increase connectivity, improve safety and reliability, and generate economic growth

Projects that improve access to facilities that support the regional economy; integrated mobility management systems,transportation demand management systems, or on demand services. FY 2022 applications closed.

Factors for Success:

The strongest applications will have a thorough understanding of grant requirements, including deadlines, the application process, overall intent, and a tailored response This includes a solid understanding of the grant itself, and how it pertains to one of the key focus areas (Resiliency, Climate Change, Safety etc Make your strongest argument possible, backed up by clear information, sound data, and broad community support at all governing and geographic levels seek letters of support from partners). Finally, most grant programs require a solid local funding match.

Eligible Recipients:

The strongest applications will have a thorough understanding of grant requirements, including deadlines, the application process, overall intent, and a tailored response This includes a solid understanding of the grant itself, and how it pertains to one of the key focus areas (Resiliency, Climate Change, Safety etc Make your strongest argument possible, backed up by clear information, sound data, and broad community support at all governing and geographic levels seek letters of support from partners). Finally, most grant programs require a solid local funding match.

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.

Building a Better America: A Guidebook to the BIL
FEMA Grants: BRIC
https://www.transportation.gov/grants