The following guest post, written by Alia Anderson at Reconnecting America, is part of an ongoing series by Smart Growth America and our partner organizations to highlight the unique funding opportunity available to rural communities through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER program. Crossposted from Reconnecting America.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced on July 1, 2011 that it would offer a third round of the popular Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, which fund innovative, job-creating transportation projects. USDOT is authorized to award $526.944 million through the program. At least $141 million of the program funds will be reserved for projects in rural areas. The required set aside for rural communities represents nearly 27% of total TIGER funds, which is an increase from the portion directed toward rural places in the prior two rounds of funding.