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On September 5, 2019 the Bureau of Reclamation announced awards through the WaterSMART: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Grants program. The program awarded $4.1 million to 63 different projects in multiple states throughout the western United States. 

TFG's David Hoover to Speak at Two Upcoming Broadband Conferences

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
By David Hoover | 0 Comments

David Hoover will be speaking at two conferences in the months ahead and invites you to join him. On September 26, he will be at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) annual conference in Tampa. On October 30, he will be on a panel at the Broadband Communities (BBC) Summit in Alexandria, VA that will explore the impact of public-private partnerships and broadband deployment. 

Webinar - Get Ready for the 2019 WIFIA Round

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019
By Rebecca Bliss | 0 Comments

The Ferguson Group is partnering with eCivis, the National Association of County Administrators (NACA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Silicon Valley Clean Water, and Pinellas County Utilities to offer a comprehensive webinar on the benefits of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and the upcoming WIFIA selection process. Registration for the webinar, on Tuesday, May 14th at 2 PM EST, can be found here

Bipartisan Bill to Speed Up Post-Disaster Recovery Work

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2019
By Jennifer Imo | 0 Comments

On May 8th, North Carolina Congressmen G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Mark Meadows (NC-11), along with Texas Members Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Ted Olson (TX-22) introduced H.R. 2548, the Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects (HELP) Act

Upcoming Webinar: Get Ready for BUILD Grants

Posted on Friday, March 29, 2019
By Gabrielle Bronstein | 0 Comments

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!

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.

Upcoming Webinar: Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant

Posted on Friday, January 11, 2019
By Heidi Schott | 0 Comments

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

DOT awards nearly $1.5 billion in BUILD Transportation Grants

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
By Heidi Schott | 0 Comments

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

Shuster Releases Draft Infrastructure Bill

Posted on Monday, July 23, 2018
By Mike Miller | 0 Comments

 

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.

DOT Releases BUILD BCA Guidance

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018
By Mike Miller | 0 Comments

The US Department of Transportation released a guidance document on completing a benefit-cost analysis (BCA) associated with BUILD grant applications.  The PDF document is here.

 

DOT notes the information provided in applicant BCAs will be used to help ensure that the available funding under the programs is devoted to projects that provide substantial economic benefits to users and the nation as a whole, relative to the resources required to implement those projects. DOT staff has noted in application debriefs that applicants should utilize BCA information within the application narrative to strengthen the case for the project rather keep the BCA and the narrative separate.

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