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Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Department of Transportation (USDOT)


    The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program supports transportation projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. This includes, but is not limited to, capital projects in areas which repair bridges or improve infrastructure to a state of good repair; projects that implement safety improvements to reduce fatalities and serious injuries, including improving grade crossings or providing shorter or more direct access to critical health services; projects that connect communities and people to jobs, services, and education; and projects that anchor economic revitalization and job growth in communities, and specifically those that help bring manufacturing and other jobs. 

    Successful BUILD projects leverage resources, encourage partnership, catalyze investment and growth, fill a critical void in the transportation system or provide a substantial benefit to the nation, region or metropolitan area in which the project is located. Eligible BUILD projects include, but are not limited to:

    • Highway or bridge projects (including bicycle and pedestrian related projects)
    • Public transportation projects
    • Passenger and freight rail transportation projects
    • Port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry)
    • Intermodal projects

    In 2020, the USDOT will also consider applications for the planning, preparation, or design of future BUILD-eligible projects. Activities eligible for funding under BUILD Transportation planning grants are related to the planning, preparation, or design— including environmental analysis, feasibility studies, and other pre-construction activities—of surface transportation capital projects.

    Like the FY 2017 TIGER program, the FY 2020 BUILD program will also give special consideration to projects which emphasize improved access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for communities in rural areas, such as projects that improve infrastructure condition, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity or facilitate economic growth or competitiveness. Such projects may concurrently invest in broadband to better facilitate productivity, including through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ReConnect Loan and Grant program, and help rural citizens access opportunities, or promote energy independence to help deliver significant local or regional economic benefit


    History of Funding

    Previously funded projects may be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    For this solicitation, the DOT defines rural area as any area not within an Urbanized Area, as such term is defined by the Census Bureau. The Department will consider a project to be in a rural area if all or the majority of a project (determined by geographic location(s) where the majority of project money is to be spent) is located in a rural area.  For this solicitation, the DOT defines urban area as not rural.


    Howard Hill

    Howard Hill
    Office of the Secretary of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
    Washington, DC 20590
    (202) 366-0301

  • 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.

    NOTE: Previous BUILD recipients may apply for funding to support additional phases of a project previously awarded funds in the BUILD/TIGER program. However, to be competitive, the applicant should demonstrate the extent to which the previously funded project phase has met estimated project schedules and budget, as well as the ability to realize the benefits expected for the project

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by May 18, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

    Award Details

    Up to $1,000,000,000 is available in total funding for FY20. Award details vary based on type of applicant:

    • Urban areas - Awards may range from $5,000,000 to $25,000,000. Cost sharing/matching of 20% is required. 
    • Rural areas - Awards may range from $1,000,000 to $25,000,000. Cost sharing/matching of 20% is required, but may be waived at the discretion of the Department.  
    • Planning projects - Up to $15,000,000 is available. There is no minimum or maximum award size.

    Project periods for both types of applicant may extend up to September 30, 2022.

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