Notice of Funding Opportunity: INFRA

The Office of the Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has issued a notice of funding opportunity for fiscal year 2020 funding for Infrastructure For Rebuilding America program (INFRA), formerly named the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program (NSFHP). The INFRA program provides Federal financial assistance to highway and freight projects of national or regional significance.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 25, 2020. The “Apply” function will open by January 15, 2020.

Changes From the FY 2019 NOFO

The FY 2020 INFRA Notice provides additional information explaining how the Department will evaluate whether applications meet the statutory Large Project Requirements described in Section C.3.d. Additionally, the Department has added, as a factor in the economic vitality evaluation (Sections A.2.a., D.2.b.v, and E.1.a), whether a project primarily serves freight and goods movement. Finally, consistent with the ROUTES Initiative, the Department will consider how projects address challenges in rural areas.

The Department will make awards under the INFRA program to both large ($25 million) and small projects ($5 million). Ninety percent (90%) of total funding allocation ($4.5 billion) will be reserved for large projects and ten percent (10%) will be reserved for small projects. Further, The FAST Act directs that at least 25 percent of the funds provided for INFRA grants must be used for projects located in rural areas.

The FAST Act specifies that not more than $500 million in aggregate of the $4.5 billion authorized for INFRA grants over fiscal years 2016 to 2020 may be used for grants to freight rail, water (including ports), or other freight intermodal projects that make significant improvements to freight movement on the National Highway Freight Network.

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