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Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) Discretionary Grant Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Department of Transportation (USDOT)


    The purpose of the RCP Program is to reconnect communities by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating transportation facilities such as highways and rail lines that create barriers to community connectivity including to mobility, access, or economic development.

    The program provides technical assistance and grant funding for planning and capital construction to address infrastructure barriers, restore community connectivity, and improve people's lives. The variety of transformative solutions to knit communities back together can include: high-quality public transportation, infrastructure removal, pedestrian walkways and overpasses, capping and lids, linear parks and trails, roadway redesigns and complete streets conversions, and main street revitalization. The RCP Program welcomes applications from diverse local, Tribal, and regional communities regardless of size, location, and experience administering Federal funding awards.

    The RCP Program provides funding for two types of grants. Planning Grants fund the study of removing, retrofitting, or mitigating an existing facility to restore community connectivity; to conduct public engagement; and other transportation planning activities. Capital Construction Grants are to carry out a project to remove, retrofit, mitigate, or replace an existing eligible facility with a new facility that reconnects communities. See Section C for further eligibility information.


    History of Funding

    The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 provides $1 billion for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program through FY 2026.

    Additional Information

    The program will be implemented in line with the DOT Equity Action Plan and these additional equity-related objectives:

    • Housing Supply: DOT intends to further the goals of the White House Housing Supply Action Plan by encouraging an increase in housing supply, particularly location-efficient affordable housing, locally-driven land use and zoning reform, rural main street revitalization, growth management, and transit-oriented development.
    • Rural and Tribal Communities: Consistent with DOT's Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) initiative, DOT seeks to award funding to rural and Tribal communities which face unique challenges related to mobility and economic development, including isolation, transportation cost burden, and traffic safety.

    In addition to Equity, DOT will also promote the following DOT Strategic Plan priorities in evaluating applications and RCP program implementation:

    • Safety: In support of the National Roadway Safety Strategy which commits DOT to respond to the current crisis in roadway fatalities. DOT encourages communities to adopt and implement Complete Streets policies that prioritize the safety of all users.
    • Economic Strength and Global Competitiveness: The program intends to strengthen the economy through the creation of good-paying jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union, strong labor standards, and workforce programs.
    • Climate and Sustainability: As part of the United States' commitment to reaching net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050, applicants are encouraged to consider environmental justice, climate change, energy efficiency, sustainability, resilience, flood risk, and shifting trips to more affordable, safe, and less polluting modes of travel.
    • Transformation: The program will advance innovative solutions to reconnecting communities through technical assistance, applicants' research and study of communities divided by infrastructure, and program evaluation that will assess outcomes of the pilot.


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  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are:

    • a State
    • a unit of local government
    • a Federally recognized Tribal government
    • a Metropolitan Planning Organization
    • a non-profit organization

    For Capital Construction Grants, the lead applicant must be the owner of the eligible infrastructure.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are due October 13, 2022. A similar deadline is expected annually.

    Award Details

    A total of $195 million is available in FY 2022. $50 million will be for Planning Grants and $145 million will be for Capital Construction Grants. Individual Planning awards may range from $100,000 to $2 million, and individual Capital Construction awards may range from $5 million to $100 million. Funds must be obligated by September 30, 2025.

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