Grants listed are for transportation purposes and are funded through the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Specific requirements for each grant including eligible project types and applicants, matching funds, and application submittal formats and deadlines are linked below along with additional helpful resources.

Current Grant Opportunities (updated April 1, 2024)


FY22-FY24 Congestion Relief Program – applications due April 22, 2024

The BIL establishes the Congestion Relief Program to provide discretionary grants to eligible entities to advance innovative, integrated, and multimodal solutions to congestion relief in the most congested metropolitan areas of the United States with an urbanized area population greater than 1,000,000. The goals of the program are to reduce highway congestion, reduce economic and environmental costs associated with that congestion, including transportation emissions, and optimize existing highway capacity and usage of highway and transit systems through: (1) improving intermodal integration with highways, highway operations, and highway performance; (2) reducing or shifting highway users to off- peak travel times or to nonhighway travel modes during peak travel times; and (3) pricing of, or based on, as applicable, parking; use of roadways, including in designated geographic zones; or congestion.

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  • Minimum Award: $10,000,000
  • Maximum Award: $150,000,000
  • Minimum Project Size: N/A
  • Matching Funds: >= 20%
  • Eligible Applicants: Entities eligible to apply for a Program grant are: • A State for the purpose of carrying out a project in an urbanized area with a population of more than 1,000,000; and • Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), city, or municipality, for the purpose of carrying out a project in an urbanized area with a population of more than 1,000,000. (23 U.S.C. 129(d)(1)(A)(i) and (ii)).

FY 2024 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Low or No Emission Grant Program – applications due April 25, 2024

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $1.10 billion in competitive grants under the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program) (Federal Assistance Listing: 20.526) and approximately $390 million in competitive grants under the FY 2024 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (Buses and Bus Facilities Program) (Federal Assistance Listing 20.526), subject to availability of appropriated funding.

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  • Low or No Emission Grant Program - 5339(c)
  • Minimum Award: $0
  • Maximum Award: $0
  • Minimum Project Size: N/A
  • Matching Funds: 10-20% Cash/In-Kind
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants for the Low or No Emission Program include designated recipients, States (including territories and Washington, DC), local governmental authorities, and Indian tribes. To be considered eligible, applicants must be able to demonstrate the requisite legal, financial, and technical capabilities to receive and administer Federal funds under this program. Assistance on this requirement is available from FTA's Regional Offices.

FY 2024 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program – applications due April 25, 2024

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $1.10 billion in competitive grants under the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program) (Federal Assistance Listing: 20.526) and approximately $390 million in competitive grants under the FY 2024 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (Buses and Bus Facilities Program) (Federal Assistance Listing 20.526), subject to availability of appropriated funding.

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  • Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program
  • Minimum Award: $0
  • Maximum Award: $39,004,582
  • Minimum Project Size: N/A
  • Matching Funds: 10-20% Cash/In-Kind
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants for the Buses and Bus Facilities Program include designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed route bus operators, States (including territories and Washington, DC), or local governmental entities that operate fixed route bus service, and Indian tribes. Eligible subrecipients include all otherwise eligible applicants and also private nonprofit organizations engaged in public transportation. Eligible subrecipients are not required to operate fixed route bus service.

MEGA Grants - National Infrastructure Project Assistance – applications due applications due May 6, 2024

The National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) program was created in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to fund major projects that are too large or complex for traditional funding programs. It is a highly competitive program. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $5 billion for Mega over 5 years, of which approximately $1.7 billion remains and will be made available through this NOFO. Half of the funds available in each fiscal year is reserved for projects greater than $500 million in cost, and half is reserved for projects greater than $100 million but less than $500 million in cost.

  • NOFO
  • Minimum Award: $0
  • Maximum Award: No maximum award
  • Minimum Project Size: Yes
  • Matching Funds: Yes
  • Eligible Applicants: 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). For Mega, territories are also eligible. Eligible project types for Mega are: 1. A highway or bridge project on the National Multimodal Freight Network 2. A highway or bridge project on the National Highway Freight Network 3. A highway or bridge project on the National Highway System 4. A freight intermodal (including public ports) or freight rail project that provides public benefit 5. A railway highway grade separation or elimination project 6. An intercity passenger rail project 7. A public transportation project that is eligible under assistance under Chapter 53 of title 49 and is a part of any of the project types described above.
  • NOTE: 50% of funding is set aside for projects costing between $100 and $500 million and 50% is set aside for projects in excess of $500 million.

INFRA Grants – Nationally Significant Freight & Highway Projects – applications due applications due May 6, 2024

The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program is a competitive program. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides approximately $8 billion for INFRA over 5 years, of which approximately $2.7 billion will be made available through this NOFO.

  • NOFO
  • Minimum Award: $5,000,000/Small projects (<$100M) and $25,000,000/Large projects (>$100M)
  • Maximum Award: No maximum award
  • Minimum Project Size: N/A
  • Matching Funds: Yes
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants for INFRA grants are: 1. a State or group of States (For INFRA, the definition of State includes the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico); 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. Eligible project types for INFRA are: 1. A highway freight project on the National Highway Freight Network 2. A highway or bridge project on the National Highway System 3. A freight intermodal, freight rail, or freight project within the boundaries of a public or private freight rail, water (including ports), or intermodal facility and that is a surface transportation infrastructure project necessary to facilitate direct intermodal interchange, transfer, or access into or out of the facility4. A highway-railway grade crossing or grade separation project 5. A wildlife crossing project 6. A surface transportation project within the boundaries or functionally connected to an international border crossing that improves a facility owned by Fed/State/local government and increases throughput efficiency 7. A project for a marine highway corridor that is functionally connected to the NHFN and is likely to reduce road mobile source emissions 8. A highway, bridge, or freight project on the National Multimodal Freight Network.
  • NOTE: 15% of funding is set aside for projects costing less than $100 million and 85% is set aside for projects in excess of $100 million.

Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program – applications due applications due May 6, 2024

The Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program (Rural) program was created in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to fund will support projects to improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas to increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth and improve quality of life. It is a highly competitive program. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides approximately $1.7 billion for Rural over 5 years, of which approximately $780 million will be made available through this NOFO. At least 90% of rural funding must be awarded in amounts of $25 million or more. If you are seeking less than $25 million, you are competing for only about $78 million nationwide this round.

  • NOFO
  • Minimum Award: Small projects (<$25M)/No minimum award, Large projects (>$25M)/$25,000,000)
  • Maximum Award: No maximum award
  • Minimum Project Size: N/A
  • Matching Funds: Yes
  • Eligible Applicants: 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. For Rural, States are defined to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Eligible project types for Rural grants are: 1. A highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under National Highway Performance Program 2. A highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under Surface Transportation Block Grant 3. A highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under Tribal Transportation Program 4. A highway freight project eligible under National Highway Freight Program 5. A highway safety improvement project, including a project to improve a high-risk rural road as defined by the Highway Safety Improvement Program 6. A project on a publicly-owned highway or bridge that provides or increases access to an agricultural, commercial, energy, or intermodal facility that supports the economy of a rural area 7. A project to develop, establish, or maintain an integrated mobility management system, a transportation demand management system, or on-demand mobility services. Please note that any projects on local roads or rural minor collectors must qualify as “providing or increasing access to an agricultural, commercial, energy, or intermodal facility that supports the economy of a rural area.”

FY 2024 Safe Streets and Roads for All Funding Opportunity – applications due* August 29, 2024 (Planning) and May 16, 2024 (Implementation)

The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications for Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grants. Funds for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 SS4A grant program are to be awarded on a competitive basis to support planning and demonstration activities, as well as projects and strategies to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians; bicyclists; public transportation, personal conveyance, and micromobility users; motorists; and commercial vehicle operators.

Applicants must submit their applications via Valid Eval for Implementation Grant applicants, and Valid Eval for Planning and Demonstration Grants. Do not submit your applications through Grants.Gov.

*Planning and Demonstration Grant applicants have three deadlines:

  • Thursday, April 4, 2024, 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024, 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, August 29, 2024, 5:00 PM (EDT)

*Implementation Grant applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM (EDT) on Thursday, May 16, 2024. Late applications will not be accepted unless there is a technical issue directly caused by the online submission proposal system Valid Eval.

  • NOFO
  • Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program
  • Minimum Award: $100,000
  • Maximum Award: $25,000,000
  • Minimum Project Size: N/A
  • Matching Funds: YES
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants for SS4A grants are: (1) a metropolitan planning organization (MPO); (2) a political subdivision of a State or territory; (3) a federally recognized Tribal government; and (4) a multijurisdictional group of entities described in any of the aforementioned three types of entities. A multijurisdictional group of entities described in (4) should identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact. For the purposes of this NOFO, a political subdivision of a State under (2), above, is defined as a unit of government under the authority of State law. This includes cities, towns, counties, special districts, and similar units of local government. A transit district, authority, or public benefit corporation is eligible if it was created under State law, including transit authorities operated by political subdivisions of a State. States are not eligible applicants, but DOT encourages applicants to coordinate with State entities, as appropriate. Eligible MPOs, transit agencies, and multijurisdictional groups of entities with a regional scope are encouraged to support subdivisions of a State such as cities, towns, and counties with smaller populations within their region. The Department strongly encourages applications that involve multijurisdictional partnerships for Planning and Demonstration Grants and for applicants who have never received Federal funding and can apply with entities experienced in executing DOT grants.

FY 2023-2024 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program – applications due May 28, 2024

The purpose of the CRISI Program is to invest in a wide range of projects within the United States to improve railroad safety, efficiency, and reliability; mitigate congestion at both intercity passenger rail and freight rail chokepoints to support more efficient travel and goods movement; enhance multi-modal connections; and lead to new or substantially improved Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation corridors.

This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program for Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024. This notice solicits applications for program funds made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This notice also solicits applications for projects under the Magnetic Levitation Technology Deployment Program, funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Assistance Listings Number 20.325, "Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements,” and Assistance Listings Number 20.318, “Maglev Project Selection—SAFETEA-LU."

  • NOFO
  • Minimum Award: $0
  • Maximum Award: No maximum award
  • Minimum Project Size: N/A
  • Matching Funds: >= 20%
  • Eligible Applicants: The following entities are eligible applicants for all CRISI projects under this notice: (a) A State (including the District of Columbia); (b) A group of States; (c) An Interstate Compact; (d) A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States; (e) A political subdivision of a State; (f) Amtrak or another rail carrier that provides intercity rail passenger transportation (as rail carrier and intercity rail passenger transportation are defined in 49 U.S.C. 24102); (g) A Class II railroad or Class III railroad, including any holding company of a Class II or Class III railroad (as those terms are defined in 49 U.S.C. 20102); (h) An association representing one or more railroads described in paragraph (g); (i) A federally recognized Indian Tribe; (j) Any rail carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least one of the entities described in paragraphs (a) through (e); (k) The Transportation Research Board and any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail-related research, including cooperative research programs; (l) A University transportation center engaged in rail-related research; (m) A non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of rail carriers or rail carrier contractors.
  • NOTE: $657,393,500 is set aside for rural projects and another $189,723,132 is set aside for Inner-city Passenger Rail, Trespassing Measures, Mag Lev, and workforce development

Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program – applications due June 17, 2024

This Notice of Funding Opportunity will result in the distribution of up to $44,550,000 for two different categories of grants: (1) Planning and Design Grants and (2) Construction Grants.

The Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP) projects will help improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of active transportation networks and communities; improve connectivity between active transportation modes and public transportation; enhance the resiliency of on- and off-road active transportation infrastructure and help protect the environment; and improve quality of life in disadvantaged communities through the delivery of connected active transportation networks and expanded mobility opportunities.

The ATIIP grants will allow communities to identify, prioritize, and implement improvements to the largest barriers to safe, accessible, and equitable pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity through the development of infrastructure that will provide substantial additional opportunities for walking and bicycling. Eligible organizations will be able to create plans or implement active transportation networks that connect destinations within or between communities or create plans or implement an active transportation spine connecting two or more communities, metropolitan regions, or States. The ATIIP also provides an opportunity for eligible organizations to enhance their overall transportation network by integrating active transportation facilities with transit services, where available, to improve access to public transportation.

  • NOFO
  • Minimum Award: $100,000
  • Maximum Award: $15,000,000
  • Minimum Project Size: N/A
  • Matching Funds: Yes
  • Eligible Applicants: Local or Regional Governmental Organizations; Multicounty Special Districts; State; Multistate Group of Governments; or An Indian Tribe.

USDOT provides a listing of upcoming Key Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) related to the Bipartisan infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on their website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my agency have to provide matching funds to be eligible for the grant?
In most cases, a local match or non-federal funding will be required; the NOFO for each grant opportunity will specify the minimum match. It is important to note that the federal grant programs are highly competitive, and the Grantor may consider the level of non-federal funding from the applicant as an evaluation criterion.

Letters of Support

Requests for letters of support must be received at least two weeks prior to the grant submission deadline to allow sufficient time to prepare the letter of support and have it signed.

NOTE: The application and project must be consistent with the approved MOMENTUM 2050 MAG Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

Requests for letters of support:

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