RAISE Discretionary Grants Program - American Cities Climate Challenge

RAISE Discretionary Grants Program

Federal Agency

Sub-Department

Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation

Purpose

To support investments in surface transportation projects that promote safety, accessibility, mobility, and economic redevelopment

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include State, local, Tribal, and U.S. territories' governments, including transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and should identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact and also identify the primary recipient of the award.

Decarbonization Considerations

Consider projects that build new, extend existing of, or enhance service capability of public transit systems. These grants can be transformational for underserved communities or less accessible corridors. Public transit - from rail to bus - has the greatest potential for long-term emissions reductions, supporting local revitalization and redevelopment, and encouraging mode-shifting from private vehicles to shared mobility. For greatest impact, consider multi-modal projects that include complete streets, new trails or extend existing trails, and enhanced or new connections with transit hubs. For electric vehicle projects, consider focusing on integrating electric charging networks on key corridors across regions or communities to facilitate EV adoption. These integrated corridors encourage broader use and scaling of EVs. For greatest impact, ensure alignment with or building upon your state's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan and VW settlement funding priorities.

Equity Considerations

DOT now seeks to fund projects that considered climate change and environmental justice in the planning stage and were designed with specific elements to address climate change impacts, with at least 40% of resources and benefits impacting low-income, disadvantaged, and/or underserved or overburdened communities. Proposals should heavily consider distributional equity considerations including where current transportation system gaps exist and which communities are either underserved or less connected to existing infrastructure.

Helpful Tips

Unlike FY 2021, all projects, including planning projects, have minimum award amounts; the minimum award for urban projects is $5 million and the minimum award for rural projects is $1 million Competitive projects will have at least 30% of local match (unless in a community that is rural, historically disadvantaged, or facing persistent poverty as defined by DOT), with greater consideration to those with higher match and alignment with DOT priorities.

Other Notes

The RAISE program was previously known as DOT's TIGER and BUILD programs. Those programs have been directly replaced by RAISE. In 2021, DOT awarded 63 capital grants with approximately $1 billion in funding. See prior awards from the 2021 RAISE solicitation at: https://www.transportation.gov/policy-initiatives/raise/raise-2021-awarded-projects

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

April 22, 2022

Funding Available

$1,425,000,000

Max Award Amount

$25,000,000

Expected Allocations

95

Average Award (Estimated)

$15,000,000

Matching Funds

20% match required, unless in a community that is rural , historically disadvantaged, or facing persistent poverty as defined by DOT

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