Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program - American Cities Climate Challenge
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Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program

Federal Agency


Federal Highway Administration (FHA)


To support neighborhood equity, safety, and affordable transportation access with competitive grants to reconnect communities divided by existing infrastructure barriers, mitigate negative impacts of transportation facilities or construction projects on disadvantaged or underserved communities, and support equitable transportation planning and community engagement activities.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include states, local governments, territories, and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), Tribal governments, and nonprofits.

Decarbonization Considerations

When connecting divided communities, consider more protected, resilient transit stops, EV charging infrastructure, safe and secure bicycle parking, and incorporating nature-based heat island mitigation strategies to make walking, cycling, and using public transit safer, more connected, and more sustainable.

Equity Considerations

Funding reserved for economically disadvantaged communities are for communities that are 1) economically disadvantaged, underserved, or located in an area of persistent poverty; 2) have entered or will enter into a community benefits agreement with representatives of the community, 3) have an anti-displacement policy, a community land trust, or a community advisory board in effect; or 4) has demonstrated a plan for employing residents in the area impacted by the activity or project proposed.

Helpful Tips

Consider both projects that remove dividing elements and enhnace new access opportunities. This may include relocating or redirecting a major road or highway as well as making it easier for riders to access transit.

Other Notes

$1,893,000,000 is available until September 30, 2026. Additional $1,262,000,000 is available for economically disadvantaged communities. $50,000,000 is available for technical assistance.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

Details expected late spring 2023

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Matching Funds

20% match required, except for projects in disadvantaged or underserved communities

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