State or Federal?
The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program offers $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding for infrastructure improvements that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD Transportation grants replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. FY 2018 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, State Government
Eligibility Notes
Eligible Applicants for BUILD 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.

Eligible projects are capital projects that include but are not limited to:
1) highway, bridge, or other road projects eligible under title 23;
2) public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49;
3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects;
4) port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry); and
5) intermodal projects.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jul 19, 2018
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Apr 20, 2018
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Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
DOT is hosting a series of webinars during the FY 2018 BUILD grant application process. A webinar on how to compete for BUILD Transportation Grants for all applicants will be held on Thursday, May 24; a webinar for rural and tribal applicants will be held on Tuesday, May 29; and a webinar on how to prepare a benefit cost analysis for a BUILD application will be held on Thursday, May 31. All webinars will take place from 2:00-4:00 PM EDT. Details and registration information regarding these webinars will be made available at The Department will schedule additional webinars on these topics in June.
Match Required?
Match Notes
Grant funding can be used for up to 80% of a project in an urban area, though for projects located in a rural area may increase the federal share of costs above 80%.
Department of Transportation
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
For this round of BUILD Transportation grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single State, as specified in the FY 2018 Appropriations Act. At least 30 percent of funds must be awarded to projects located in rural areas. The minimum grant size for projects in rural areas is $1 million.

Up to $15 million of BUILD transportation grants can be used for planning, preparation or design of projects eligible for BUILD Transportation funding.
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