B - Readily funds technology as part of an award
Department of Transportation (USDOT)
The Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant common application (MPDG) provides Federal financial assistance to highway and bridge, intercity passenger rail, railway-highway grade and separation, wildlife crossing, public transportation, marine highway, and freight and multimodal projects, or groups of such projects, of national or regional significance, as well as to projects to improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Pub. L. 117-58, November 15, 2021) (Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, or BIL) provided funds to the Department across three programs to invest in projects of national or regional significance – the National Infrastructure Project Assistance grants program, found under 49 U.S.C. § 6701 (Mega), the Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highways Projects grants program, found at 23 U.S.C. § 117 (Infrastructure for Rebuilding America or INFRA), and the Rural Surface Transportation Grant program, found at23 U.S.C. § 173 (Rural). To help streamline the process for applicants, the Department has combined the applications for the Mega, INFRA, and Rural programs into the MPDG common application. Applicants may choose to apply to one, two, or all three of these grant programs.) The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 MPDG awards will be made for each of the three grant programs as appropriate and consistent with each grant program's statutory language. The FY 2022 MPDG round will be implemented, as appropriate and consistent with law, in alignment with the priorities in Executive Order 14052, Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (86 FR 64355)1, and will focus on supporting projects that improve safety, economic strength and global competitiveness, equity, and climate and sustainability consistent with the Department's strategic goals.
The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program is an existing competitive program that will see a more than 50 percent increase in this year's funding due to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These grants advance the Administration's priorities of rebuilding America's infrastructure and creating jobs by funding highway, multimodal freight and rail projects that position America to win the 21st century. Projects will improve safety, generate economic benefits, reduce congestion, enhance resiliency, and hold the greatest promise to eliminate supply chain bottlenecks and improve critical freight movements.
The Department seeks to fund projects under the MPDG common application that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are designed with specific elements to address climate change impacts.
History of Funding
2021 INFRA awards are available to view here: https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/sites/buildamerica.dot.gov/files/2021-06/FY-2021-INFRA-Proposed-Project-Selections-v2.pdf
Changes from FY 2021
The FY 2022 INFRA program will be evaluated under common project outcome criteria (formally labeled in FY 2021 as merit criteria”) that apply to all three programs within the MPDG opportunity, as described in Section E. The FY 2022 MPDG opportunity's common project outcome criteria will not consider the Performance and Accountability criterion from INFRA 2021. Instead, the Department will utilize standard approaches to monitoring project performance and ensuring projects are delivered efficiently. Leverage of non-Federal funds contribution, or leverage,” will now be assessed within the Innovation criterion and for the separate INFRA FY 2022 Leverage pilot set-aside
Eligible projects for INFRA grants are: highway freight projects carried out on the National Highway Freight Network (NHFN) (23 U.S.C. § 167); highway or bridge projects carried out on the National Highway System (NHS), including projects that add capacity on the Interstate System to improve mobility or projects in a national scenic area; railway-highway grade crossing or grade separation projects; or a freight project that is 1) an intermodal or rail project, or 2) within the boundaries of a public or private freight rail, water (including ports), or intermodal facility; a wildlife crossing project; a surface transportation project within the boundaries of, or functionally connected to, an international border crossing that improves a facility owned by a Federal, State, or local government and increases throughput efficiency; a project for a marine highway corridor that is functionally connected to NHFN and is likely to reduce on-road mobile source emissions; or a highway, bridge, or freight project on the National Multimodal Freight Network under section 70103 of title 49 of the United States Code.
To be eligible under INFRA, a project within the boundaries of a freight rail, water (including ports), or intermodal facility must be a surface transportation infrastructure project necessary to facilitate direct intermodal interchange, transfer, or access into or out of the facility and must significantly improve freight movement on the NHFN. In this context, improving freight movement on the NHFN may include shifting freight transportation to other modes, thereby reducing congestion and bottlenecks on the NHFN. For a freight project within the boundaries of a freight rail, water (including ports), or intermodal facility, Federal funds can only support project elements that provide public benefits.
Eligible applicants include:
- A State or group of States
- A metropolitan planning organization that serves an Urbanized Area with a population of more than 200,000 individuals
- A unit of local government or group of local governments
- A political subdivision of a State or local government
- A special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority
- A Federal land management agency that applies jointly with a State or group of States
- A tribal government or a consortium of tribal governments
- A multi-State or multi-jurisdictional group of public entities
Each eligible applicant may submit no more than three applications. This limit applies only to applications where the applicant is the lead applicant. There is no limit on applications for which an applicant can be listed as a partnering agency.
Multiple States or jurisdictions that submit a joint application should identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact. Joint applications should include a description of the roles and responsibilities of each applicant and should be signed by each applicant. The applicant that will be responsible for financial administration of the project must be an eligible applicant.
Applications must be submitted by May 23, 2022.
The BIL makes available up to $8 billion to the INFRA program for fiscal years (FY) 2022 through 2026, and the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act authorizes $1 billion for FY 2021, to be awarded by USDOT on a competitive basis to projects of national or regional significance that meet statutory requirements. This NOFO solicits applications for the $2.85 billion in FY 2022 MPDG opportunity funds, up to $1.55 billion will be made available for the INFRA program. In addition to the FY 2022 INFRA funds, amounts from prior year authorizations, presently estimated at up to $150 million, may be made available and awarded under this solicitation. Any award under this notice will be subject to the availability of funding.
INFRA grants may be used for up to 60 percent of future eligible project costs. Other Federal assistance may satisfy the non-Federal share requirement for an INFRA grant, but total Federal assistance for a project receiving an INFRA grant may not exceed 80 percent of future eligible project costs. Non-Federal sources include State funds originating from programs funded by State revenue, local funds originating from State or local revenue-funded programs, private funds or other funding sources of non-Federal origins. If a Federal land management agency applies jointly with a State or group of States, and that agency carries out the project, then Federal funds that were not made available under titles 23 or 49 of the United States Code may be used for the non-Federal share.
For the INFRA Leverage Pilot, at least 50 percent of the project's future eligible project costs must be funded by non-Federal contributions.
Large Projects: The minimum project size for large projects is the lesser of (1) $100 million; (2) 30 percent of a State's FY 2021 Federal-aid apportionment if the project is located in one State; or (3) 50 percent of the larger participating State's FY 2021 apportionment for projects located in more than one State. Small Projects: A small project is an eligible project that does not meet the minimum project size.
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