The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for $1.5 billion in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. This federal transportation funding program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant impact. Similar to last year, USDOT encourages applicants to consider how their projects can address climate change, ensure racial equity, and remove barriers to opportunity. This year, applicants should also consider how projects can create workforce development opportunities. Applications are due on April 14, 2022.
RAISE is the first discretionary federal transportation funding program from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA, also called the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) to accept applications. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was signed into law in November 2021. It includes surface transportation legislation as well as authorizing funding for other infrastructure, such as broadband.
More information on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
To learn about other federal funding programs in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, check out a new White House guidebook on new grant programs. The guidebook provides a description of each program, its corresponding agency, funding mechanisms, eligible uses, and recipients. Users can download the guide as a PDF or spreadsheet.
Also, more information on transportation programs in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is available at these websites:
- Federal Highway Administration: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/
- Federal Transit Administration: https://www.transit.dot.gov/BIL