Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program

Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program

SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications for Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants. A total of $1.5 billion is available for the FY 2023 RAISE grant program. These funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, per statute, for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will improve: safety; environmental sustainability; quality of life; mobility and community connectivity; economic competitiveness and opportunity including tourism; state of good repair; partnership and collaboration; and innovation.1 The Department intends to update this Notice of Funding Opportunity on or before December 14, 2022 with complete program requirements and application information.

DATES: Applications must be submitted by 11:59:59 PM Eastern on February 28, 2023.

ADDRESSES: Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information concerning this notice, please contact the RAISE grant program staff via e-mail at RAISEgrants@dot.gov, or call Howard Hill at 202-366-0301. A TDD is available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing at 202-366- 3993. Until the final NOFO is published on or before December 14, 2022, the Department may provide limited responses to applicant inquiries.

Overview

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Pub. L. 117-58, November 15, 2021, “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” or “BIL”) authorized and appropriated $1.5 billion to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) for FY 2023 for Local and Regional Project Assistance Program Grants under National Infrastructure Investments. The program is codified at 49 U.S.C. 6702. The BIL requires the DOT to publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) no later than 60 days after enactment, which is November 30, 2022. In order to comply with this requirement, this (NOFO) solicits applications for projects to be funded under the Local and Regional Project Assistance Program, known as the RAISE Grants program, and may include any additional funding appropriated for the RAISE Grants program under the FY 2023 Appropriations Act. If the FY 2023 Appropriations Act significantly alters requirements for the RAISE Grant program, the Department will amend this Notice with guidance on additional requirements.

Amount Available

The BIL authorized and appropriated $1.5 billion to be awarded by DOT for RAISE grants under the Local and Regional Project Assistance Program for FY 2023. The Department intends to amend this Notice to provide more details on or before December 14, 2022. 

Award Size

BIL specifies that the minimum RAISE grant award is $5 million, except that for projects located in rural areas, the minimum award size is $1 million. Grants may not be greater than $25 million.

Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility: Eligible Applicants for RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants are States and the District of Columbia; any territory or possession of the United States; a unit of local government; a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States; a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority; a Federally recognized Indian Tribe or a consortium of such Indian Tribes; a transit agency; and a multi-State or multijurisdictional group of entities. Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and must identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact. Each project party in a joint application must be an Eligible Applicant. Joint applications must include a description of the roles and responsibilities of each project party and must be supported in writing by each project party.

Description:

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (“Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” or “BIL”) authorized and appropriated $1.5 billion to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) for Local and Regional Project Assistance Program Grants under National Infrastructure Investments in FY 2023. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) solicits applications for projects funded under the Local and Regional Project Assistance Program, known as the RAISE Grants program. If the FY 2023 Appropriations Act provides additional funding for the RAISE grants program and/or significantly different requirements for National Infrastructure Investment funds, the Department will amend this Notice with guidance on additional requirements.

As with previous rounds, funds for the FY 2023 RAISE Transportation program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact.

Until the final NOFO is published on or before December 14, 2022, the Department may provide limited responses to applicant inquiries.

View Notice of Funding here: FY 2023 RAISE NOFO 11.30.22.pdf 

Grants.Gov Grants Notice: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344667

Link to Additional Information: RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grant Program

Grantor Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Andrea Jacobson
Andrea Jacobson, RAISE Program Manager