General Information

The historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) allocated $1.2 trillion appropriated under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to improve infrastructure, generate good-paying jobs, confront the climate crisis, grow the economy equitably, and create a transportation system that works for every American. Connecticut’s share is estimated to be $6.04 billion delivered in Fiscal Years 2022-2026, through a mix of funding.

CRCOG will assist member towns with planning and implementing infrastructure and other eligible projects that will optimize this historic funding opportunity. Notices of Funding (NOFOs), which contain important information about grant application requirements and submission deadlines, are periodically released by the various sponsoring agencies of the U.S. Government. Depending on the funding program, many NOFOs are accessible on Grants.gov. However, some NOFOs are available on the sponsoring agency’s website. Below is a list of websites for several grant programs, for your reference.

Point of contact for BIL-related projects:  Elizabeth Sanderson.

Please complete the BIL General Interest Form to indicate your interest in a particular program, and to share what type of support you are seeking from CRCOG.

Brief Description: U.S. DOT’s Thriving Communities Program (TCP) aims to ensure that disadvantaged communities adversely or disproportionately affected by environmental, climate, and human health policy outcomes have the technical tools and organizational capacity to compete for federal aid and deliver quality infrastructure projects that enable their communities and neighborhoods to thrive.

Based on a review of available information from U.S. DOT, CRCOG has determined that the following municipalities meet the definition of “disadvantaged communities” that is used for TCP:

-East Hartford

-Enfield

-Hartford

-Manchester

-Mansfield

-New Britain

-West Hartford

-Windsor

-Vernon

Eligible municipalities that are interested in receiving support (technical assistance, planning, and capacity building) must submit a Letter of Interest by December 6, 2022.

Link to Program Website:

Thriving Communities Program | US Department of Transportation

Eligible Applicants:

State, Municipalities, CRCOG, Others

Due Dates:

Letter of Interest to Receive Support due December 6, 2022

Request for Information responses due August 26, 2022

CRCOG Specific Information:

Memo – Coming Soon!

Link to CRCOG’s Mapping Application: Thriving Communities Disadvantaged Communities Locator , to review potential eligible communities. Please contact Kyle Shiel with questions or concerns using this application.

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Description: Up to $196 million in FY2022 for the replacement, removal, and improvement of culverts or weirs that would meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish. Anadromous fish species are born in freshwater such as streams and rivers, spend most of their lives in the marine environment, and migrate back to freshwater to spawn. Salmon are the most widely known examples of anadromous fish, but this category of fish also includes sturgeon, river herring, striped bass, and other species. No minimum or maximum award size, but U.S. DOT anticipates awarding hundreds of grants in amounts ranging from approximately $100,000 to $2,000,000.

Link to Program Website: 

FHWA Culvert AOP Program

Eligible Applicant(s): State, Municipalities, CRCOG, Others

Due Date: Monday, February 6, 2023 (must submit applications electronically through Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time)

Local Match Requirement: Minimum of 20% the total project costs

Reference Information: 

Information about anadromous fish in CT can be found on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) website.  CRCOG Staff is working with CTDEEP Staff, and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Document from CTDEEP: Migratory-Fish-Runs

Webinar: FHWA Webinar #1 General Overview of How to Apply, October 26, 2022 1:30 – 3:00 pm Register

Description: $10 million is authorized through state bond funds to support Connecticut communities in resilience planning efforts. The program offers the opportunity to build a pipeline of projects, which can later be implemented using upcoming federal grant programs. CT DEEP has two tracks for this program: Track 1 will award up to $250,000 for climate resilience planning, community engagement, and grant writing; Track 2 will fund project development related costs ranging between $300,000 and $700,000+. If awarded, this state funding can be counted towards local match requirements for upcoming federal grant programs (such as FEMA’s BRIC and FMA programs).

Link to Program Website: 

DEEP Climate Resilience Fund

Eligible Applicant(s): Municipalities, CRCOG, Others

Due Date: 

Track 1 (Planning): Due November 10, 2022; Track 2 (Project Development): Rolling Deadline, begins October 21, 2022, with Final Deadline December 1, 2022.

Reference Information: CT DEEP will host a series of webinars – see program website for schedule, registration, and post-event recordings.

Description: $2.295 billion in funding is available in FY2022 for hazard mitigation activities, including capability- and capacity-building activities. The program has a general focus on disasters, risks, and hazards, including those associated with climate change. Municipalities and CRCOG are considered Sub-applicants and must submit sub-applications through the State’s designated Applicant Agency. CRCOG Staff are working with representatives from the State of Connecticut Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency, and will provide additional information as available.

Link to Program Website: FEMA BRIC Website

Eligible Applicant(s): State (Municipalities and CRCOG as Sub-Applicants to State)

Non-Federal Match Requirement: Minimum of 25% of total eligible costs, with exceptions

Deadline: Sub-Applicant Deadline TBD with State Agency; Application is Due through FEMA GO Grant Portal Friday, January 27, 2023

Issuing Agency: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Resilience/Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA)/Mitigation Directorate/Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division

Description: $800 million in funding is available in FY2022 for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program. Hazard Mitigation Plans must be adopted by state or local communities as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for hazard mitigation assistance projects. Municipalities and CRCOG are considered Sub-applicants and must submit sub-applications through the State’s designated Applicant Agency. CRCOG Staff are working with representatives from the State of Connecticut Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency, and will provide additional information as available.

Link to Program Website: FEMA FMA Website

Eligible Applicant(s): State (Municipalities and CRCOG as Sub-Applicants to State)

Non-Federal Match Requirement: Minimum of 25% of total eligible costs, with exceptions

Deadline: Sub-Applicant Deadline TBD with State Agency; Application is Due through FEMA GO Grant Portal Friday, January 27, 2023

Issuing Agency: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Resilience/Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA)/Mitigation Directorate/Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division

Description: Up to $100 million in grants annually for FY2022-2026 to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart city or community technologies and systems in a variety of communities to improve transportation efficiency and safety. Projects that innovatively use data and technology to solve challenges facing communities will be more competitive than proposals with well-established and broadly adopted systems and technologies. Autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, smart traffic signals, and sensor-based infrastructure that collects data to inform transportation-related operations and performance are a few examples. The program is divided into two stages: Stage 1 Planning and Prototyping Grants and Stage 2 Implementation Grants. U.S. DOT anticipates that only recipients of Stage 1 grants will be eligible for Stage 2 grants. U.S. DOT expects to award 30-50 projects of up to $2 million each for Stage 1, and up to $15 million per project in Stage 2.

Link to Program Website: Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program

Eligible Applicant(s): State, CRCOG, Municipalities, Others

Due Date: Friday, November 18, 2022

Reference Information: U.S. DOT webinar on 9/29/2022, 2:30 pm – see program website for registration and post-event recordings.

Description: Up to $60 million to deploy, install, and operate advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, mobility, efficiency, system performance, intermodal connectivity, and infrastructure return on investment. FHWA seeks to improve safety and reduce travel times for drivers and transit riders, while also promoting equity and tackling climate change. FHWA anticipates making not less than 5 and no more than 10 awards of up to $12 million individually.

Link to Program Website: US Department of Transportation Grant Programs

Eligible Applicant(s): State, CRCOG, Municipalities, Others. An eligible entity shall include in its application a plan for partnering with the private sector or public agencies, including multimodal and multijurisdictional entities, research institutions, organizations representing transportation and technology leaders, or other transportation stakeholders [from FAQ].

Due Date: Friday, November 18, 2022

Reference Information: U.S. DOT will host a webinar on 10/12/2022, 1:00 pm – see program website for registration and post-event recordings.

Link to Program Website: Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program – Planning Grants and Capital Construction Grants  | US Department of Transportation

Eligible Applicants: 

  • Planning Grants: State, Municipalities, CRCOG, Others.
  • Capital Construction Grants: Owner of the Eligible Facility to be mitigated.

Due Date: Round 1, FY 2022, October 13, 2022

CRCOG Specific Information

Link to Program Website: Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program | FRA (dot.gov)

Eligible Applicants: State, Municipalities, CRCOG,  Others

Due Date: Round 1, FY 2022, October 4, 2022. CRCOG seeks input related to future funding rounds.

CRCOG Specific Information

Link to Program Website: https://www.transportation.gov/grants/ss4a/how-to-apply

Eligible Applicants: Municipalities, CRCOG, Others

Due Date: Round 1, FY 2022, September 15, 2022

CRCOG Specific Information

Link to Program Website: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/bip/

Eligible Applicants: State, Municipalities, CRCOG, Others

Due Date

FY2022 Bridge Project Applications, September 8, 2022 (Planning Project Applications and Large Bridge Project Applications are past due). CRCOG seeks input related to future funding rounds.

Link to Program Website: https://www.internetforall.gov/program/enabling-middle-mile-broadband-infrastructure-program

Eligible Applicants: State, Municipalities, CRCOG, Others

Due Date: Friday, September 30, 2022

Below is a list weblinks to U.S. Government agencies, as well as to Grants.gov, which is the online portal many agencies use for grant submissions:
Grants.gov Home | GRANTS.GOV
The White House Building a Better America – The White House
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) https://www.transportation.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law
U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/
U.S. Department of Commerce U.S. Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration Grants Overview | BroadbandUSA (doc.gov)
U.S. Department of Agriculture https://www.usda.gov/topics/farming/grants-and-loans
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency https://www.epa.gov/grants

If your Town or Agency is seeking BIL funding for a project, and/or are interested in applying/partnering with CRCOG on any number of available or prospective funding opportunities, please complete the BIL General Interest Form , or e-mail Elizabeth Sanderson, BIL Coordinator and Principal Program Manager, referencing “BIL” in the subject line.

The BIL General Interest Form will be updated to include new programs are released.

While CRCOG will update this list periodically, please note that not all NOFOs or U.S. Government agencies may be included above. Please feel free to reach out with questions or comments, or if a U.S. department, agency, or organization sponsoring a BIL grant program you are interested in applying for is missing.

Let’s get to work bringing impactful, equitable, and sustainable changes to the Capitol Region!