Thank you to everyone who participated in the Sustainable Communities Network’s recent webinar, “TIGER Grants and Rural America, Part 2.” The webinar was the result of a collaborative effort between Smart Growth America, Reconnecting America, the National Association of Development Organizations, Policy Link, the American Public Transportation Association, the National League of Cities, Rural Assembly, and Transportation for America to provide rural communities with the necessary tools and technical assistance to help advance superior TIGER projects.
Materials from this webinar are now available online. The webinar includes strategies and lessons on how to submit competitive TIGER applications, with tips from both the funding agency as well grant writers and political leaders who have brought millions of dollars to their own communities. Learn what distinguishes an outstanding grant application from all other eligible applications and understand how to write a successful TIGER grant. Gain in-depth knowledge on what is needed to conduct a Benefit-Cost Analysis, an integral part of the TIGER application. Become familiar with the selection criteria and learn how to successfully position your project with regional partnerships. And for prospective applicants, learn about next steps and where to get additional resources and help.
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First is a presentation on how to package, organize, write and ultimately win a TIGER grant from a grant-writer who has extensive experience working with rural communities who have been awarded past TIGER funds. Next, the Chief Economist at the United States Department of Transportation gives an invaluable overview on conducting a Benefit-Cost Analysis and shows that rural communities do in fact have the resources to complete this important part of the TIGER application. Following this a grant coordinator that has been instrumental in bringing federal funds to her rural town will showcase how other communities can replicate and learn from this success. Finally, a leader in the transportation field shows how regional partnerships are imperative for a successful TIGER application and gives an example of a past project that has revitalized an entire region.
Download additional materials from the webinar at the links below:
- “Taming the TIGER” (PDF) by Matt Ward, Partner at the Ferguson Group
- “Preparing a Benefit-Cost Analysis for a Rural TIGER Application” (PDF) by Jack Wells, Chief Economist at the United States Department of Transportation
- “Submitting Competitive Grant Applications” (PDF) by Carol Coyle, Grant Coordinator for the City of McCall, Idaho
- “The Value of Regional Collaboration” (PDF) by John Robert Smith, Co-Chair, Transportation for America, and President and CEO, Reconnecting America
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