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Grants to USA States, Local and Tribal Governments, Planning
Organizations, and Special Purpose Districts for Transportation Initiatives

Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant Opportunity (MPDG)

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U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) - Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Deadline Date:

05/23/22 11:59 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants to USA states, local and tribal governments, regional and metropolitan planning organizations, special purpose districts, and political subdivisions for transportation initiatives. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for surface transportation infrastructure projects with significant national or regional impact, or to improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas.

The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications for three funding opportunities: The National Infrastructure Project Assistance grants program (Mega), the Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highways Projects grants program (INFRA), and the Rural Surface Transportation Grant program (Rural). Funds for the INFRA, Mega, and Rural funding opportunities will be awarded on a competitive basis for surface transportation infrastructure projects—including highway and bridge, intercity passenger rail, railway-highway grade crossing or separation, wildlife crossing, public transportation, marine highway, and freight projects, or groups of such projects.

To help streamline the process for applicants, the Department has combined the applications for the Mega, INFRA, and Rural programs into the MPDG common application. Applicants may choose to apply to one, two, or all three of these grant programs.) The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 MPDG awards will be made for each of the three grant programs as appropriate and consistent with each grant program's statutory language. The FY 2022 MPDG round will be implemented, as appropriate and consistent with law, in alignment with the priorities in Executive Order 14052, Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (86 FR 64355), and will focus on supporting projects that improve safety, economic strength and global competitiveness, equity, and climate and sustainability consistent with the Department's strategic goals.

For information about eligible projects, see https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-03-25/pdf/2022-06350.pdf#page=5.

For information about eligible project costs, see https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-03-25/pdf/2022-06350.pdf#page=6.

For Project Requirements for Each Funding Opportunity, see https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-03-25/pdf/2022-06350.pdf#page=7.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202643

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$15,000,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The BIL makes available up to $5 billion for the Mega program for the period of FY 2022 through 2026; up to $8 billion to the INFRA program for the period of FY 2022 through 2026; and up to $2 billion for the Rural program for the period of FY 2022 through 2026, for a combined total of up to $15 billion for FY 2022 through 2026. This notice solicits applications for up to $2.85 billion in FY 2022 MPDG opportunity funds. Up to $1 billion will be made available for the Mega program, up to $1.55 billion will be made available for the INFRA program, and up to $300 million will be made available for the Rural funding opportunities program. In addition to the FY 2022 funds, amounts from prior year INFRA authorizations, presently estimated at up to $150 million, may be made available and awarded under this solicitation.

Refer to Section D.5 of the Federal Register for greater detail on funding restrictions for each program.

INFRA Grants:
- Award Ceiling: $1,320,050,000
- Award Floor: $5,000,000

Mega Grants:
- Award Ceiling: $500,000,000
- Award Floor: $0

Rural Grants:
- Award Ceiling: $300,000,000
Award Floor: $0

Term of Contract:

The BIL makes funding available for the period of FY 2022 through 2026.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

i. Mega

Eligible applicants for Mega grants are:

(1) A State or a group of States; (2) a metropolitan planning organization; (3) a unit of local government; (4) a political subdivision of a State; (5) a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority; (6) a Tribal government or a consortium of Tribal governments; (7) a partnership between Amtrak and 1 or more entities described in (1) through (6); and (8) a group of entities described in any of (1) through (7).

ii. INFRA

Eligible applicants for INFRA grants are:

(1) A State or group of States; (2) a metropolitan planning organization that serves an Urbanized Area (as defined by the Bureau of the Census) with a population of more than 200,000 individuals; (3) a unit of local government or group of local governments; (4) a political subdivision of a State or local government; (5) a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority; (6) a Federal land management agency that applies jointly with a State or group of States; (7) a tribal government or a consortium of tribal governments; (8) a multistate corridor organization; or (9) a multistate or multijurisdictional group of entities described in this paragraph.

iii. Rural

Eligible applicants for Rural grants are:

(1) A State; (2) a regional transportation planning organization; (3) a unit of local government; (4) a tribal government or a consortium of tribal governments; or (5) a multijurisdictional group of entities above.

MPDG funds may not be used to support or oppose union organizing, whether directly or as an offset for other funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 23, 2022.

To submit an application through Grants.gov, applicants must:

(1) Obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number;
(2) Register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at http://www.sam.gov/;​
(3) Create a Grants.gov username and password; and
(4) The E-business Point of Contact (POC) at the applicant's organization must also respond to the registration email from Grants.gov and login at http://www.grants.gov/ to authorize the POC as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Please note that there can only be one AOR per organization.

Please note that the Grants.gov registration process usually takes 2-4 weeks to complete and that the Department will not consider late applications that are the result of failure to register or comply with Grants.gov applicant requirements in a timely manner. For information and instruction on each of these processes, please see instructions at http://www.grants.gov/​web/​grants/​applicants/​applicant-faqs.html.

To encourage applicants to prioritize their MPDG opportunity submissions, each eligible applicant may submit three unique applications per grant program (Mega, INFRA, and Rural), for a total application limit of nine. The three-unique-applications-per-grant program applies only to applications where the applicant is the lead applicant. There is no limit on applications for which an applicant can be listed as a partnering agency.

For information about cost sharing or matching, see https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-03-25/pdf/2022-06350.pdf#page=4.

Applications must be submitted through www.Grants.gov. Instructions for submitting applications can be found at https://www.transportation.gov/​grants/​mpdg-how-apply.

Up to the application deadline, the U.S. Department of Transportation (Department) will post answers to common questions and requests for clarifications on the Department's website at
https://www.transportation.gov/​grants/​mpdg-frequently-asked-questions.

View these opportunities on Grants.gov:
- Mega Grants: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338855
- INFRA Grants: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338854
- Rural Grants: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338856

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on each of the Grants.gov pages above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mega Grants Application: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=338855&origin=vgo-apply

INFRA Grants Application: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=338854&origin=vgo-apply

Rural Grants Application: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=338856&origin=vgo-apply

For further information regarding this notice, please contact the Office of the Secretary via email at
MPDGrants@dot.gov, or call Paul Baumer at (202) 366-1092.

CFDA Number:

INFRA Grants: 20.934; Mega Grants: 20.937; Rural Grants: 20.938

Funding or Pin Number:

INFRA Grants: NSMFHP-22-INFRA-22; Mega Grants: NIPA-22-MEGA-22; Rural Grants: RSTGP-22-RURAL-22

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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