$1.5 Billion Available through the RAISE Grant Program
The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $12.1 billion for fourteen rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.
Half of the funding will go to projects in rural areas, and half of the funding will go to projects in urban areas. At least $15 million in funding is guaranteed to go towards projects located in Areas of Persistent Poverty or Historically Disadvantaged Communities, and projects located in these areas will be eligible for up to 100 percent federal cost share, as directed by Congress in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
- 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 that are separately eligible.
Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and must identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact, and identify the primary recipient of the award. Joint applications must include a description of the roles and responsibilities of each applicant.
- Capital projects including but not limited to:
- Highway, bridge, or other road projects eligible under title 23, United States Code;
- Public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code;
- Passenger and freight rail transportation projects;
- Port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry);
- The surface transportation components of an airport project eligible for assistance under part B of subtitle VII (see FAQ # 10 for details);
- Intermodal projects;
- A project to replace or rehabilitate a culvert or prevent stormwater runoff for the purpose of improving habitat for aquatic species while advancing the goals of the RAISE program and
- Projects investing in surface transportation facilities that are located on Tribal land and for which title or maintenance responsibility is vested in the Federal Government; and
- Any other surface transportation infrastructure project that the Secretary considers to be necessary to advance the goals of the program).
- Planning projects which include planning, preparation, or design (for example- environmental analysis, feasibility studies, benefit cost analysis (BCA), and other pre-construction activities) of eligible surface transportation capital projects.
For projects located in urban areas, the minimum award is $5 million.
For projects located in rural areas, the minimum award is $1 million. This applies to both capital and planning projects.
The maximum award for all projects is $25 million.
February 28, 2023