Grant Details

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants

 
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    CFDA#

    20.933
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Department of Transportation (USDOT)

    Summary

    The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $8.9 billion for twelve rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact. 


    Consistent with the environmental sustainability merit criterion, the Department seeks to fund projects under the RAISE Program that considered climate change and environmental justice in the planning stage and were designed with specific elements to address climate change impacts. Projects that incorporate such planning considerations are expected to better address climate change and advance long-term environmental sustainability. Projects should directly support Climate Action Plans or apply environmental justice screening tools in the planning stage. Projects should include components that reduce emissions, promote energy efficiency, increase resiliency, and recycle or redevelop existing infrastructure. The Department seeks to fund projects that, to the extent possible, target at least 40% of resources and benefits towards low-income communities, disadvantaged communities, communities underserved by affordable transportation, or overburdened communities.


    Consistent with the quality of life and partnership merit criteria, the Department seeks to use the RAISE program to encourage racial equity in two areas: (1) incorporating planning and adopting policies related to racial equity and reducing barriers to opportunity; and (2) investing in projects that either proactively address racial equity and barriers to opportunity, including automobile dependence as a form of barrier, or redress prior inequities and barriers to opportunity. This objective supports the Department's strategic goal related to infrastructure, with the potential for significantly enhancing environmental stewardship and community partnerships.


    For FY22. the Department seeks to fund projects under the RAISE Program that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are designed with specific elements to address climate change impacts. Specifically, the Department is looking to award projects that align with President Biden's gas reduction goals, promote energy efficiency, support fiscally responsible land use and transportation efficient design, increase use of lower-carbon travel modes such as transit and active transportation, incorporate electrification or zero emission vehicle infrastructure, increase climate resilience, support domestic manufacturing, incorporate lower-carbon pavement and construction materials, reduce pollution, and recycle or redevelop brownfield sites.


    In FY22, the Department is also encouraging applicants to consider how their projects can create workforce development opportunities. Applicants can be more competitive in the process if they are creating jobs with free and fair choice to join a union and good labor standards, creating jobs that underserved communities can access, or are supporting worker opportunities and training. Applicants are also encouraged to utilize registered apprenticeship and local and economic hire agreements. The RAISE program is one way the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law acts on President Biden's promise to bring good-paying jobs to local communities. 

     

    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.


    In 2021, RAISE funded 90 projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. 


    Previously funded projects may be viewed at: https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2021-02/BUILD%202020%20Fact%20Sheets%20FINAL.pdf

    Additional Information

    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.

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  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are:

    • State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories,
    • transit agencies,
    • port authorities,
    • metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and
    • other political subdivisions of State or local governments.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by April 14, 2022 by 5 p.m. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

    Award Details

    $1.5 billion is available under the FY 2022 RAISE program. FY 2022 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, of which at least $15 million will be awarded to projects located in or to directly benefit areas of persistent poverty. DOT refers to awards for the planning, preparation or design of eligible projects as RAISE planning grants. The FY 2021 Appropriations Act also allows DOT to retain up to $30 million of the $1.5 billion for award, oversight and administration of grants and credit assistance made under the program.


    Unlike FY 2021, all projects, including planning projects, have minimum award amounts; the minimum award for urban projects is $5 million and the minimum award for rural projects is $1 million.


    Cost sharing of at least 20% is required unless the project is located in a rural area or is a planning project in an area of persistent poverty.

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