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USDOT Changes Name of TIGER Grants, Offers Additional Funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving its TIGER grant program a new name.

USDOT said its new BUILD Transportation grants program – which stands for "better utilizing investments to leverage development" – replaces the TIGER program. It is also making $1.5 billion worth of new BUILD grants available via a fresh notice of funding opportunity aimed at supporting "surface transportation infrastructure" projects that include roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal depots. 

usdot-hq.jpgThe agency noted that applicants had to resubmit applications during each round of TIGER grant. USDOT said March 9 that it awarded nearly $500 million in fiscal 2017 TIGER grants to 41 recipients in 43 states, including to some projects directly sponsored by state DOTs.

[Side note: here's a comparison of the TIGER and BUILD programs crafted by USDOT.]

USDOT added that many of the "merit criteria" within the BUILD program overlap with previous rounds of TIGER discretionary grants.

The maximum award available via this first round of BUILD grants is $25 million, the agency said, and no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single state, as specified in the fiscal year 2018 appropriations act. On top of that, at least 30% of BUILD grant funds must be awarded to projects located in rural areas, USDOT noted, which will include support for rural broadband deployment if it is part of an eligible transportation project.

The agency added that it is taking applications for this round of BUILD grants through July 19 this year and plans to provide "technical assistance" for obtaining such grants through a series of webinars in May and June.

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