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National Infrastructure Investments - Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program

Grants to USA Agencies and Tribes for Transportation
Infrastructure Capital and Planning Projects

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United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)

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07/12/21 5:00 PM Eastern


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Grants to USA and Territories governmental and tribal agencies for transportation infrastructure capital and planning projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for projects that have a significant regional or local impact.

To ensure that the benefits of infrastructure investments benefit communities large and small the Department will award an equitable amount, not to exceed half of funding, to projects located in urban and rural areas respectively.

Eligible projects for RAISE grants are:

  • Capital projects that include, but are not limited to:
    • Road or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code;
    • Public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code;
    • Passenger and freight rail transportation projects;
    • Port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry);
    • Intermodal projects
    • Projects investing in surface transportation facilities that are located on tribal land and for which title or maintenance responsibility is vested in the Federal Government
  • Planning projects which include planning, preparation, or design (for example- environmental analysis, feasibility studies, and other pre-construction activities) of eligible surface transportation capital projects.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195572

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For capital projects located in urban areas, the minimum award is $5 million. Please note that the minimum total project cost for a project located in an urban area must be $6.25 million to meet match requirements.

For capital projects located in rural areas, the minimum award is $1 million.

The maximum award for all projects is $25 million. Not more than $100 million can be awarded to a single State.

There is no minimum award size for planning grants, including planning grants for projects located in Areas of Persistent Poverty.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants for RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants are States, local and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and must identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact. Each project party in a joint application must be an Eligible Applicant. Joint applications must include a description of the roles and responsibilities of each project party and must be signed by each project party.

For the purpose of RAISE grants, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any state agency or instrumentality excluding local governments.

Pre-proposal Conference:

For 2021 RAISE Grants, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is offering a series of special topic webinars that delve into various aspects of the RAISE application process. These webinars will be recorded and are a great resource for prospective RAISE applicants, as the webinars come from the funding source and share the guidance of USDOT. Please use the links to register below. Recordings will be posted after the webinar.

1. How to Compete for RAISE Grants – All Applicants
Date and Time: April 28, 2021, 1:00-2:30pm EDT

2. How to Compete for RAISE Grants – Tribal and Rural Applicants
Date and Time: May 4, 2021 1:00-2:30pm EDT

3. Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for a RAISE Application
Date and Time: May 6, 2021, 2:00-3:30pm EDT

4. How to Compete for RAISE Grants – All Applicants
Date and Time: May 12, 2021, 1:00-2:30pm EDT

5. Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for a RAISE Application *NEW*
Date and Time: May 13, 2021, 3:30-5:00pm EDT

6. How to Compete for RAISE Grants – All Applicants *NEW*
Date and Time: May 18, 2021, 2:00-3:30pm EDT

7. How to Compete for RAISE Grants – Planning Grant Applicants *NEW*
Date and Time: May 20, 2021, 3:00-4:30pm EDT

More information:

Pre-Application Information:

- The deadline to submit an application is July 12, 2021 at 5pm Eastern.
- Under the FY 2021 Appropriations Act, the Department must make awards by November 22, 2021.

Final Applications for RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants must be submitted through

To register on, applicants must:
1. Obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number;
2. Register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at;
3. Create a username and password; and
4. The E-Business Point of Contact (POC) at your organization must respond to the registration email from and login at to authorize you as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Please note that there can be more than one AOR for an organization.

The primary method of grant disbursement for RAISE Grants is through reimbursements. RAISE grant recipients will not receive a lump-sum cash disbursement at the time of award announcement or obligation of funds. Instead, the recipient must pay project costs as they are incurred and submit to DOT requests for reimbursement. This means that the recipient must have access to sufficient non-RAISE funding sources to manage cash flow associated with the project.

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

Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation
Office of the Secretary of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590
United States

Phone: 202-366-0301
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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

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