|Briefly Describe the Purpose of the Program
The US Department of Transportation Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (R.O.U.T.E.S.) Initiative addresses disparities in rural transportation infrastructure in order to tangibly improve safety and economic competitiveness in all parts of the country. To subscribe to R.O.U.T.E.S. updates, go to https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOT/subscriber/new?topic_id=USDOT_143
The Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program, which makes $10 million available over five years, supports project development leading to future applications to DOT credit or grant programs. The grants can support legal, technical, and financial advisors to help advance infrastructure projects. For more information on this first-come, first-served program, go to https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/RuralandTribalGrants or email RuralandTribalTA@dot.gov.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) established the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant program, which includes Rural Surface Transportation Grant (Rural) program, the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) program, and the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program. The IIJA makes available up to $5 billion for the Mega; up to $8 billion to the INFRA program; and up to $2 billion for the Rural program, for a combined total of up to $15 billion for FY 2022 through 2026.
The Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program supports projects that 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. The Mega program supports large, complex projects that are difficult to fund by other means and are likely to generate national or regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits. The INFRA program awards competitive grants to multimodal freight and highway projects of national or regional significance to improve the safety, accessibility, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people in and across rural and urban areas. For more information on the MPDG program, go to https://www.transportation.gov/grants/mpdg-program.
Previously known as TIGER and then BUILD, the RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) grant program provides $14.3 billion for fifteen rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact. For more information on RAISE, go to https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants/about.
For more information on DOT funding opportunities for rural projects, go to https://www.transportation.gov/rural/funding-opportunities.