By Emily Gerson, Content Marketing Specialist

On Tuesday, April 13, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) publicly released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for agencies to apply for the $1 billion in discretionary grant funding during the 2021 Fiscal Year. The funding is designated to improve infrastructure, safety, sustainability, and equity. The deadline to submit a grant application is July 12, 2021.

Grant writing assistance

Grant writing materials piled on a desk

There is an abundance of resources available for agencies who want to apply. The DOT is hosting several webinars to aid applicants throughout the application process, which you can register for here once the dates and times are made available.

Additionally, at Navjoy we offer in-house grant writing services to help state and local agencies complete satisfactory applications. Last year, 3 of our grant writing clients were awarded more than $4.4 million in funding from the applications we helped them complete.

The submitted projects “will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, innovation, and partnership,” according to the DOT press release.

It should be noted that the maximum grant amount awarded will not exceed $25 million. Additionally, keeping in theme with equity and the appropriations act, no state shall receive more than $100 million collectively, allowing all 50 states opportunities for funding. Funding will also be allocated equally between rural and urban areas.

The funding will come from Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants. The RAISE program has also been formerly known as BUILD and TIGER.

With approximately 7% of all grant applications actually being selected for funding in this program, agencies will have their work cut out for them. However, the DOT press release states that this is one of the “few DOT discretionary programs for which regional and local governments can directly compete for multimodal transportation funding,” so it’s not an opportunity that should be overlooked. Luckily, smaller agencies are not in this alone.