The Federal Railroad Administration issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for $500,000 in state grants on July 11 under its Railroad Safety State Participation Pilot Grant Program, made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.
"FRA first initiated this grant program in 2017 and looks forward to once again awarding crucial funding to promote rail safety and maintain federal industry standards," noted FRA Administrator Ronald Batory in a statement.
The agency said this NOFO solicits applications for $500,000 in grants to fund approved FRA technical training; travel expenses to attend FRA technical training, safety conferences, and meetings; and laptop computers required to support inspector reporting and data analysis. In addition, grant funding is available for costs related to fiscal year 2018 grant management administration.
Twelve state authorities responsible for regulating the safety practices for railroad equipment and operation that are also participants in the Rail State Safety Participation Program are eligible for the grants via this NOFO, FRA said, adding that applications are due by July 27:
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