Description: The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will provide up to $3.4 million in funding for early-stage development assistance for rural and tribal infrastructure projects. Funds can be used to hire staff, procure advisory assistance for financial, technical and/or legal assistance related to evaluate and develop projects that qualify for certain federal funding and financing programs such as: TIFIA, RRIF, INFRA, Mega, RAISE, and the National Culvert program.
Cap per state of $320,000 for FY2022 funds and $360,000 for FY2023 funds.
Individual awards expected to be $150,000.
No Local Match Required.
Application Window: Opens 2 pm on August 14, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling (first-come, first-served) basis until available funding is expended. The Application Window is scheduled to be open for 45 days, until September 27, 2023.
View the 4-page Sample Application, Web-based application will be available on the program webpage during the application window: https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/RuralandTribalGrants
It is recommended that applicants complete their application in advance of 2 pm on August 14, and copy/paste content into the online portal as soon as possible once the application window opens.
Eligible Applicants in CRCOG: Eligibility is project-specific. If a project is located outside of the Hartford Urban Area (which is the only Urban Area in CRCOG with a population more than 150,000 people), then a unit of local government may apply. Below is a list of municipalities that are wholly outside of the Hartford Urban Area, based on TIGERweb; however, it is not a complete least of potential eligible applicants:
Link to Program Website: Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program
TIGERweb Map Tool (for use in determining eligibility. In CRCOG, projects located outside of the Hartford Urban Area meet eligibility requirements)
- View recording from June 15th webinar* (Passcode: *1P9RsQJ) and the slides
- Register for July 20, 3 pm webinar here
This summary is based on a review of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (Federal Register/Vol. 88, No. 115/Thursday, June 15, 2023/Notices).
Please contact Elizabeth Sanderson, BIL Coordinator at CRCOG, with questions or if you would like additional information about this program.