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This post provides information on the US DOT’s new BUILD Grant Program.

$1.5 billion in discretionary infrastructure grant funding is available from US DOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has allocated $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding assistance through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

With a focus on American infrastructure, BUILD grants support investment in surface transportation infrastructure including:

  • Highways, bridges, or other road projects eligible under title 23, United States Code
  • Public transportation projects eligible under Chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code
  • Passenger and freight rail transportation projects
  • Port infrastructure (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry)
  • Intermodal projects

Grant applications are due July 19, 2018, and applicants may submit up to three grant applications total.

Selection criteria is based on numerous factors including safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, environmental protection, quality of life, innovation, partnership, and additional non-federal revenue.

Bid Letting & Environmental Compliance

Project applications that clearly meet the BUILD program’s requirements of project readiness will make for a more competitive submittal. The schedule for construction of improvements will need to accommodate a bid letting no later than September 30, 2020. All preliminary design and environmental compliance must be completed within a timeline that accommodates the bid letting as well.

In the event your project isn’t ready for construction, and additional planning is needed, the BUILD program allows for applications related to planning activities.

How We Can Help

As with any grant funding opportunity, the process can be complicated, time-consuming, and highly competitive. With extensive knowledge of application requirements, criteria, and a strong record of grant funding assistance success, we can help write and submit BUILD grant applications and administer funding documentation.

Contact us today to explore BUILD grant opportunities in your community, and get started on the path to funding success.

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