Category/Topic
Transportation
State or Federal?
Federal
Summary
The FY 2019 Appropriations Act provided $900 million for National Infrastructure Investments. As with previous rounds, funds for the FY 2019 BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Transportation program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. Fiscal Year 2019 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 specifies that BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants may not be less than $5 million and not greater than $25 million, except that for projects located in rural areas the minimum BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant size is $1 million. The FY 2019 Appropriations Act specifies that not more than 50 percent of funds can be spent on projects located in a rural area with a population equal to or less than 200,000 and not more than 50 percent of funds can be spent on projects located in an urbanized area with a population of more than 200,000. The Department revised the definition for rural and urban projects from previous BUILD/TIGER rounds to two categories, consistent with the urban and rural funding maximums. Pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, no more than 10 percent of the funds made available for TIGER BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants (or $90 million) may be awarded to projects in a single State. Further, pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, DOT must take measures to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of grant funds, an appropriate balance in addressing the needs of urban and rural areas, and investment in a variety of transportation modes.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 requires that FY 2019 BUILD funds are only available for obligation through September 30, 2021. No FY 2019 BUILD funds may be expended after September 30, 2026. As part of the review and selection process described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, DOT will consider whether a project is ready to proceed with an obligation of grant funds from DOT within the statutory time provided. Under the FY 2019 Appropriations Act, no waiver is possible for these deadlines.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, State Government
Eligibility Notes
*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.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jul 15, 2019
Due Date Notes
8:00PM EDT
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Apr 16, 2019
Max Award
$25,000,000
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
$25,000,000
Match Required?
Yes
Match Notes
Per the FY 2019 Appropriations Act, the Federal share of project costs for which an expenditure is made under the BUILD Transportation grant program may not exceed 80 percent for a project located in an urban area. The Secretary may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent for a project located in a rural area.
Funder
Department of Transportation
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$900,000,000
Competition Notes
Not more than 50 percent of funds will be awarded to projects located in urban and rural areas, respectively. For this round of BUILD grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $90 million can be awarded to a single State.
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