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One Billion Dollars In Grant Availability Announced From DOT’s “RAISE” Program

Pete Buttigieg, United States Secretary of Transportation, Announces the Availability of $1 Billion to Modernize and Create New American Infrastructure.

RAISE, formerly known as BUILD and TIGER, has awarded over $8.935 billion in grants to projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico since 2009.

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today the availability of $1 billion in discretionary grant funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants.
Since 2009, RAISE has awarded over $8.935 billion in grants to projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

“There is an enormous need for transportation projects that create high-quality jobs, improve safety, protect the environment, and create equitable economic opportunity for all Americans in communities across the country,” said US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.
“Through RAISE grants, we are making critical investments in the future of our communities.”

RAISE-funded projects will be evaluated on the basis of merit, which includes safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of repair, innovation, and collaboration.
The Department will prioritize projects that demonstrate improvements in racial equity, mitigate the effects of climate change, and create well-paying jobs within these criteria.

The maximum grant award for this round of RAISE grants is $25 million, and no single State may receive more than $100 million, as specified in the appropriations act.
Up to $30 million in planning grants will be awarded, with at least $10 million going to Areas of Persistent Poverty.

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To ensure that infrastructure investments benefit both large and small communities, the Department will allocate an equitable share of funding, not to exceed half of total funding, to urban and rural projects, respectively.

The program is extremely competitive, with 680 projects selected from more than 9700 submissions.
It is one of the few discretionary programs administered by the DOT in which regional and local governments can compete directly for funding for multimodal transportation.

To assist prospective applicants, the Department of Transportation is hosting a series of webinars throughout the FY 2021 RAISE grant application process.

Visit to register for the webinars.
The application deadline is July 12, 2021, at 5 p.m. Eastern.

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