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Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF)

Grants to USA Indian Tribes to Improve Road
Safety in Native American Communities

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United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) - Federal Highway Administration - Office of Federal Lands Highway

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08/20/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA Indian Tribes to address transportation safety challenges in their communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that address safety issues and hazards on public roads.

The TTPSF helps prevent and reduce deaths or serious injuries in transportation-related crashes on Tribal lands. The TTPSF emphasizes the development of strategic Tribal Transportation Safety Plans using a data-driven process as a means for Tribes to determine how transportation safety needs will be addressed in Tribal communities. Tribal Transportation Safety Plans are a tool used to identify risk factors that lead to serious injury or death and organize various entities to strategically reduce risk. Projects submitted must be data-driven, must be consistent with a comprehensive safety strategy, and must correct or improve a hazardous road location or feature or address a highway safety problem (23 U.S.C. 202(e)).

Safety data is considered critical for informed transportation safety decisions, as such TTPSF also places an emphasis on assessment and improvement of traffic records systems (primarily crash data systems). Guidelines for conducting a traffic records assessment can be found in the Guide for Effective Tribal Crash Reporting, National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 788, published by the Transportation Research Board at

Successful TTPSF projects leverage resources, encourage partnership, and have the data to support the applicants' approach in addressing the prevention and reduction of death or serious injuries in transportation-related crashes. 

For purposes of awarding funds under this program in FY 2020, FHWA has identified three eligibility categories: safety plans; data assessment, improvement, and analysis activities; and infrastructure improvements and other eligible activities as listed in 23 U.S.C. 148(a)(4).

Under 23 U.S.C. 148(a)(4)(B), eligible projects are limited to the following:

  • An intersection safety improvement.
  • Pavement and shoulder widening (including addition of a passing lane to remedy an unsafe condition).
  • Installation of rumble strips or another warning device, if the rumble strips or other warning devices do not adversely affect the safety or mobility of bicyclists and pedestrians, including persons with disabilities.
  • Installation of a skid-resistant surface at an intersection or other location with a high frequency of crashes.
  • An improvement for pedestrian or bicyclist safety or safety of persons with disabilities.
  • Construction and improvement of a railway-highway grade crossing safety feature, including installation of protective devices.
  • The conduct of a model traffic enforcement activity at a railway-highway crossing.
  • Construction of a traffic calming feature.
  • Elimination of a roadside hazard.
  • Installation, replacement, and other improvement of highway signage and pavement markings, or a project to maintain minimum levels of retroreflectivity, that addresses a highway safety problem consistent with a State strategic highway safety plan (SHSP).
  • Installation of a priority control system for emergency vehicles at signalized intersections.
  • Installation of a traffic control or other warning device at a location with high crash potential.
  • Transportation safety planning.
  • Collection, analysis, and improvement of safety data.
  • Planning integrated interoperable emergency communications equipment, operational activities, or traffic enforcement activities (including police assistance) relating to work zone safety.
  • Installation of guardrails, barriers (including barriers between construction work zones and traffic lanes for the safety of road users and workers), and crash attenuators.
  • The addition or retrofitting of structures or other measures to eliminate or reduce crashes involving vehicles and wildlife.
  • Installation of yellow-green signs and signals at pedestrian and bicycle crossings and in school zones.
  • Construction and operational improvements on high risk rural roads.
  • Geometric improvements to a road for safety purposes that improve safety.
  • A road safety audit.
  • Roadway safety infrastructure improvements consistent with the recommendations included in the publication of FHWA entitled “Highway Design Handbook for Older Drivers and Pedestrians” (FHWA-RD-01-103), dated May 2001 or as subsequently revised and updated.
  • Truck parking facilities eligible for funding under section 1401 of the MAP-21.
  • Systemic safety improvements.

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GrantWatch ID#: 159418

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be selected for a TTPSF award, an applicant must be a federally recognized Indian Tribe and the project must be an eligible project.

Eligible applicants for TTPSF discretionary grants are federally recognized Tribes identified on the list of “Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs” (published at 81 FR 26826). Other entities may partner with a Tribal government to submit an application, but the eligible applicant must be a federally recognized Indian Tribe. A Tribe may submit more than one application; however, only one project may be included in each application.

Recipients of prior TTPSF funds may submit applications during this current round according to the selection criteria. However, to be competitive, the applicant should demonstrate the extent to which the previously funded project or projects has been able to meet estimated project schedules and budget, as well as the ability to realize the outcomes for previous awards.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on August 20, 2020 (the “application deadline”). Applicants are encouraged to submit applications in advance of the application deadline; however, applications will not be evaluated, and awards will not be made until after the application deadline.

FHWA may give priority consideration to those projects that show a commitment of other funding sources to complement a TTPSF funding request. Therefore, leveraging a TTPSF request with other funding sources is encouraged.

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM) Each applicant must: (1) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (2) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or 9 an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. Information on SAM can be found at It typically takes 7-10 business days for SAM registration process to be completed.

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

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For further information concerning this notice please contact:

Adam Larsen
TTPSF Program Manager
Office of Tribal Transportation
Office of Federal Lands Highway
Federal Highway Administration
610 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: 360-619-7751

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