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Rural/Tribal and Planning Webinars on 2021 RAISE Grants

April 30, 2021
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2021 RAISE (formerly known as BUILD or TIGER) discretionary grant program earlier this month. To help applicants navigate the process, the U.S. DOT is offering topic-specific webinars on the RAISE grant application. These webinars will quickly reach capacity, but they will be recorded. The full list of webinars, along with other resources for applicants including webinar recordings, are available here. Two of the webinars will cover rural/tribal and planning applications:

  • Webinar: How to Compete for RAISE Grants – Tribal and Rural Applicants | May 4, 2021 – 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET | Register Here
  • This webinar is explicitly for rural and tribal applicants. A project is considered rural if it is not located within or on the boundary of an Urbanized Area, as designated by the U.S. Census Bureau, that has a population greater than 200,000 in the 2010 Census. For projects that include expenditures in both urban areas and rural areas, the Department will designate the project as urban or rural based on where the majority of project funds will be spent.
  • Webinar: How to Compete for RAISE Grants – Planning Grant Applicants | May 20, 2021 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET | Register Here
  • This webinar will review requirements for RAISE planning grant applications. Eligible activities are related to the planning, preparation, or design—for example, environmental analysis, feasibility studies, and other preconstruction activities—of eligible surface transportation capital projects. Planning grant applications do not require a Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA). There is no minimum project size. U.S. DOT is making up to $30,000,000 available for planning grants.