The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced that applications are open for a new round of Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grants. Applicants must submit applications by February 28, 2023.
RAISE grants can fund multimodal or other complex projects that might be difficult to complete from other funding programs. Planning is also an eligible project purpose. Proposed projects should have significant local or regional impact.
USDOT has $1.5 billion available for the 2023 RAISE grants, and half will go to projects in rural areas. The maximum grant amount is $25 million. Rural project applications have a minimum size of $1 million, while the minimum urban project size is $5 million. USDOT will grant at least $15 million to projects in Areas of Persistent Poverty or Historically Disadvantaged Communities. Projects located in these disadvantaged areas and in rural areas are eligible for up to 100 percent federal cost share. Projects in all other areas require a 20 percent match.
For RAISE, rural projects are outside of Census-designated urbanized areas that had a population of 200,000 or more in the 2010 Census. However, the definition of rural varies between USDOT programs.
Eligible applicants include: states and territories, local governments, special purpose districts, federally recognized Tribes or Tribal consortia, transit agencies, and multi-jurisdictional groups.
Learn more about the 2023 RAISE grants and find webinar recordings and other resources here. View the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) (PDF). USDOT also provides an application checklist and other details on how to apply here.
Other Funding Opportunities
A list USDOT discretionary grants that opened in 2022 is online here. Many of these opportunities will be available again, so this information can help agencies plan for future applications. The White House also regularly updates a list of open funding opportunities from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law across all federal agencies.