FRA: Notice of Funding Opportunity

FRA: Notice of Funding Opportunity for Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program

This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program. Funding for this program totaling $150,000 is provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019. The opportunities described in this notice are available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 20.301, “Rail Safety Grants.”

Applications for funding under this solicitation are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), on December 23, 2019. Applications for funding received after 5:00 p.m. ET on December 23, 2019 will not be considered for funding. See Section D of this notice for additional information on the application process.

Available Award Amount: The total funding available for awards under this NOFO is $150,000. Should additional funds become available after the release of this NOFO, FRA may elect to award such additional funds to applications received under this NOFO.

Cost Share or Match: Neither cost sharing nor matching is a requirement for this Grant Program. The funds provided under this NOFO are available only for eligible project costs of eligible Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program projects. The estimated total cost of a project must be based on the best available information.

Trespassing on a railroad's private property and along railroad rights-of-way is the leading cause of rail-related fatalities in America. Since 1997, more people have been fatally injured each year by trespassing than in motor vehicle collisions with trains at highway-rail grade crossings. Nationally, approximately 500 trespassing deaths occur each year.

Trespassers are those who are on railroad property without permission. They are most often people who walk across or along railroad tracks as a shortcut to another destination. They also may be engaged in another activity such as loitering, hunting, bicycling, snowmobiling, or all-terrain vehicle riding.