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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is gearing up to release the FY 2019 solicitation for the highly competitive Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) discretionary grant program. Now is the time to get ahead of the curve and begin preparing your project!

 

In order to help you get ready, TFG is partnering with eCivis to offer a free one-hour webinar on the upcoming BUILD program that will feature TFG Senior Advisor Robert Mariner. Robert wrote the book on BUILD….literally! In 2009, Robert directed the development of the then-TIGER grant program and served as the program director for nearly ten years. Robert has over 20 years of transportation experience, most recently serving as the Deputy Director of the Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation DOT.

 

The BUILD discretionary grant program funds road, rail, transit, and port projects across the country. In the last round of BUILD, DOT awarded 91 capital projects across 49 states and the District of Columbia. Of those 91 projects, 62 awards went to rural projects and 29 awards went to urban projects. Awards in the next round of BUILD are expected to be split 50% rural/50% urban. The application period will be 90 days.

 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to gain insight into grant eligibility requirements, the selection criteria that DOT will likely use to evaluate project proposals, and offer helpful hints on how to get ready now and prepare a winning grant application.

 

Join us on April 4, 2019 at 2pm EST to best position your project for success! Click here to register now.

On February 28, 2019, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) sent a letter to her House colleagues announcing that earmarks, or Congressionally-directed spending, will not be utilized in the FY 2020 Appropriations process. Additionally, the Committee announced FY 2020 subcommittee deadlines for members of Congress to submit FY20 Appropriations and/or Programmatic requests between March 28--April 4, 2019.
On February 21, 2019, the Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy published in the Federal Register its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to invite applications from State and local governments for awards under the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA), which was signed into law on February 9, 2018.
Five federal regulatory agencies have approved a long awaited final rule that makes it easier for mortgage lenders to accept private flood insurance policies. The rule is expected to take effect on July 1, 2019.

On January 14, President Trump signed into law the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279), a bipartisan law that will provide communities across the country with the ability to develop integrated plans to bundle and prioritize important federal stormwater and wastewater standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA), which has the ability to save taxpayers and local governments billions of dollars while upholding important environmental protections.

Now is the time to get prepared! The next round of grant funding under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction (LHR) grant program is quickly approaching with a potential release of the Notice of Funding Opportunity occurring in January or February of 2019. 

Join TFG's LHR webinar, featuring TFG Director of Environment, Economics & Grant Services Karl Kalbacher, PG on January 17, 2019, at 2pm EST. 

Register for the webinar here

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the full list of recipients of $1.475 billion in fiscal year 2018 funding for 91 individual grants under the Department’s BUILD surface transportation grant program (formerly known as TIGER grants).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release in the next couple of months Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Brownfields Grants Programs.  As part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the Brownfields program was reauthorized and funding doubled to $200 million for fiscal years 2019-2023. TFG co-hosted a Brownfields Grant Webinar with eCivis on October 2, 2018; a link to the webinar is here

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program that includes more than $318 million in grant funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.

FRA seeks to collaborate with private, state and local investments on rail projects.  Grants will assist projects that improve intercity passenger and freight rail transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability. This program does NOT fund positive train control systems deployment; PTC was funded under a separate NOFO published in May.

The CRISI grant program directs at least 25 percent of available funds towards rural communities.  Also, selection preference will be given to projects with a 50% non-federal funding match from any combination of private, state, or local funds. The Department will also consider how well the project aligns with key Departmental objectives including supporting economic vitality; leveraging federal funding; preparing for life-cycle costs; using innovative approaches to improve safety and expedite project delivery; and holding grant recipients accountable for achieving specific, measurable outcomes.

FRA will host a webinar on August 8, 2018; a link to the webinar is here

Applications for capital projects funding under this solicitation are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT, up to 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. The NOFO is here.

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