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Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Discretionary Program

Federal Agency


Federal Highway Administration (FHA)


To improve the resiliency of transportation infrastructure, including community resilience and evacuation route grants, and at-risk coastal infrastructure grants.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants for the competitive portion of the PROTECT program include: state (or political subdivision of a State), MPO, local government, special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, Tribe, Federal land management agency (applying jointly with State(s)); Different eligibilities apply for at-risk coastal infrastructure grants.

Decarbonization Considerations

The PROTECT Formula Program will support planning, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk coastal infrastructure. Consider opportunities to enhance resiliency of multi-modal transit and rail.

Equity Considerations

This is an opportunity to integrate how states and local public agencies conduct comprehensive planning and make investments for decarbonization, resilience, and energy justice and equity objectives.

Helpful Tips

Consider using DOT's new mapping tool "Identifying Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts"

Other Notes

Up to $45 million is available for Planning Grants; up to $638 million is available for Resilience Improvement Grants; up to $45 million is available for Community Resilience and Evacuation Route Grants; and up to $120 million is available for At-Risk Coastal Infrastructure Grants.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

August 18, 2023

Funding Available


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Matching Funds

20% cost share required

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