On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that $527 million will be available for the third round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program. TIGER grants fund innovative transportation projects that create jobs and have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area.
For this round of grants, projects will be selected based on their ability to contribute to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation, improve the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, improve energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improve the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and improve the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections. DOT will also focus on projects that are expected to quickly create and preserve jobs and spur rapid increases in economic activity.
While these grants are very similar to previous TIGER grants, there are a few differences:
- The FY 2011 Continuing Appropriations Act will not provide any funding for projects solely for the planning, preparation, or design of capital projects (“TIGER Planning Grants”); however, these activities may be eligible to the extent that they are part of an overall construction project that receives TIGER Discretionary Grants funding;
- Any applicant that is applying for a TIGER TIFIA Payment must also submit a TIFIA letter of interest along with their application; and,
- An eligible applicant may submit no more than three applications for consideration as a lead applicant.
The U.S. DOT will require all applicants to submit a “pre-application” prior to submitting a final application. Eligible applicants can submit pre-applications through grants.gov between August 22, 2011 and October 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST.
For more information visit http://www.dot.gov/tiger/.