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Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP)

Grants to USA Agencies to Address Road
Safety for Commercial Motor Vehicles

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United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

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Grants to USA state and territory government agencies for programs to address road safety for commercial motor vehicles. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support a range of grant programs that reduce road accidents, fatalities and injuries, and hazardous materials incidents involving commercial motor vehicles.

The FAST Act consolidated several previously stand-alone FMCSA grant programs. The MCSAP grant now includes Basic and Incentive, New Entrant (safety program required by the FAST Act to be conducted by States for New Entrant safety audits on interstate motor carriers and intrastate motor carriers, at the State's discretion), Border Enforcement (safety program conducted by States for border CMV safety projects and activities focused on international commerce) and components of other consolidated grant programs:

  • Safety Data Improvement - provides financial and technical assistance to States to facilitate the collection of accurate, complete, and timely data on all large commercial truck and bus crashes that involve a fatality, injury, or a vehicle towed from the crash scene.
  • Innovative Technology Deployment (ITD) (Operations & Maintenance Only) - advances the technological capability and promotes the deployment of intelligent transportation system applications for CMV operations and supports and maintains CMV informations systems and networks; and
  • Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) - cooperative Federal/State public safety program that links carrier safety fitness to State vehicle registration process.

Additionally, funding for some provisions of ITD and PRISM are available through the High Priority grant program.  See the MCSAP Comprehensive Policy (MCP) for additional information regarding funding eligibility.

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GrantWatch ID#: 157815

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 56

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Award Ceiling: $32,000,000
-Award Floor: $350,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are eligible to apply for MCSAP grants.

Specifically, only the State lead agency (as designated by the Governor) is eligible to apply for MCSAP grant funding by submitting a commercial vehicle safety plan (CVSP), in accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR 350.201 and 205. Individuals and businesses are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Closing Date for Applications: Aug 02, 2021

Applications for the MCSAP Grant must be submitted electronically through

Applicants must complete registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), and obtain a valid Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number before application submission in

To aid the MCSAP lead agency in meeting CVSP requirements, FMCSA developed an online CVSP development tool (called eCVSP). The eCVSP tool allows a MCSAP lead agency to create an online electronic CVSP and track the progress of the CVSP from development through approval. Use of the eCVSP tool helps ensure that States satisfy the CVSP requirements in 49 CFR § 350.213, expedites FMCSA’s review of the document, facilitates the prompt returning of comments or requests for clarification, and allows the MCSAP lead agency to easily resubmit a revised document.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Thomas L. Nelson, Grants Management Specialist

For more information: FMCSA Grants Management Help Desk at

Mr. Tom Liberatore, Chief, State Programs Division
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 800-832-5660 questions:
Hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The contact center is closed on federal holidays.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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