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Department of Transportation (USDOT)
The goal of the RAISE program is to fund eligible surface transportation projects that will have a significant local or regional impact that advance the Departmental priorities of safety, equity, climate and sustainability, and workforce development, job quality, and wealth creation, consistent with law, and as described in the Department's Strategic Plan4 and in executive orders. The Department seeks to fund projects under the RAISE program that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector; incorporate evidence-based climate resilience measures. and features; 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.
The Department seeks to fund projects under the RAISE program that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector; incorporate evidence-based climate resilience measures and features; 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, consistent with Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad (86 FR 7619)
- Invest in surface transportation that will have a significant local or regional impact; and
- Support projects that are consistent with the Department's strategic goals: improve safety, economic strength and global competitiveness, equity, and climate and sustainability.
History of Funding
Since 2009, the Program has provided a combined $11.4 billion to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands: $1.5 billion for TIGER I, $600 million for TIGER II, $527 million for TIGER III, $500 million for TIGER IV, $474 million for TIGER V, $600 million for TIGER VI, $500 million for TIGER VII, $500 million for TIGER VIII, $500 million for TIGER IX, $1.5 billion for BUILD FY 2018, $900 million for BUILD FY 2019, $1 billion for BUILD 2020 and $1.5 billion in FY2022.
Previously funded projects may be viewed at: https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2021-02/BUILD%202020%20Fact%20Sheets%20FINAL.pdf
2023 awards can be found at: https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2023-06/RAISE%202023%20Fact%20Sheets_2.pdf
Eligible Project Types:
- highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code
- public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code
- passenger and freight rail transportation projects eligible under title 49
- port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry)
- the surface transportation components of an airport project eligible for assistance under part B of subtitle VII of title 49, United States Code
- intermodal projects whose components are otherwise an eligible project type
- projects to replace or rehabilitate a culvert or prevent stormwater runoff for the purpose of improving habitat for aquatic species while advancing the goals of the RAISE program
- projects investing in surface transportation facilities that are located on Tribal land and for which title or maintenance responsibility is vested in the Federal Government
- any other surface transportation infrastructure project that the Secretary considers to be necessary to advance the goals of the program
A project is designated as urban if it is located within (or on the boundary of) a Census-designated urbanized area that had a population greater than 200,000 in the 2010 Census. If a project is located outside a Census-designated urbanized area with a population greater than 200,000, it is designated as a rural project. Rural and urban definitions differ in some other DOT programs, including TIFIA.
A project located in both an urban and a rural area will be designated as urban if the majority of the project's costs will be spent in urban areas. Conversely, a project located in both an urban area and a rural area will be designated as rural if the majority of the project's costs will be spent in rural areas. For RAISE planning grants, the location of the project being planned, prepared, or designed will be used for the urban or rural designation.
This definition affects four aspects of the program: (1) not more than $750 million of the funds provided for RAISE grants are to be used for projects in rural areas; (2) not more than $750 million of the funds provided for RAISE grants are to be used for projects in urban areas; (3) for a project in a rural area the minimum award is $1 million; and (4) the Secretary may increase the Federal share above 80 percent to pay for the costs of a project in a rural area.
Eligible applicants are:
- District of Columbia
- any territory or possession of the United States
- a unit of local government
- a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States
- a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority
- a Federally recognized Indian Tribe or a consortium of such Indian Tribes
- a transit agency
- a multi-State or multijurisdictional group of entities that are separately eligible
Applications are to be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on February 28, 2024. A similar deadline anticipated annually.
$1.5 billion is available under the FY 2024 RAISE program. FY 2024 RAISE grants are for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. DOT will award no more than $75 million for the planning, preparation or design of eligible projects. The Federal share of the costs of an eligible project carried out using a grant provided under the RAISE grant program shall not exceed 80 percent unless the project is located in a rural area, a historically disadvantaged community (HDC), or an area of persistent poverty (APP). Urban area and rural area are defined in Section C.4 of this notice. HDCs and APPs are defined in Section C.5.
No more than 15 percent of the funds made available for RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants (or $225 million) may be awarded to projects in a single State.
The BIL specifies that not more than 50 percent of funds can be spent on projects located in a rural area with a population equal to or less than 200,000 and not more than 50 percent of funds can be spent on projects located in an urbanized area with a population of more than 200,000.
RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants may not be less than $5 million and not greater than $25 million, except that for projects located in rural areas the minimum RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grant size is $1 million. It is expected that 150 grants will be awarded.
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