Last Wednesday in St. Paul, Minnesota, President Obama called for a four-year, $302 billion transportation bill to repair the nation’s aging roads and bridges. During his speech, the president also unveiled the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, whose total funding is $600 million—a $126 million increase from last year and the second-highest funding level since the program began in 2009, when it was funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Since it began, TIGER has disbursed $3.5 billion to 270 projects across the United States. Adding this year's funding will make that figure $4.1 billion.
This year’s notice has the following priorities:
- Connected Communities: Priority consideration will be given to projects that connect residents to centers of employment, education, and services (including for non-drivers) and that hold promise to stimulate long-term job growth, especially in economically distressed areas. Additional consideration will be given to proposals that seek to strengthen opportunities to expand the middle class.
- Planning Grants: Up to $35 million of the program’s $600 million may be allocated for planning grants. Planning grant applications must identify themselves as project-level or regional plan applications. (There’s a DOT webinar on this priority.)
- More Time for More Robust Projects: The previous year’s focus was on project-readiness; in contrast, this year’s TIGER funds are available for obligation until the statutory deadline of September 30, 2016, “to encourage the submission of applications for complex and multimodal projects that may require slightly longer schedules.”
- Co-Applicant Signatures: Applications that identify project co-applicants or project partners in addition to a lead applicant must be signed by each co-applicant and/or partner organization.
FY2014 TIGER notice of funding availability can be found here: http://www.dot.gov/tiger.
This year’s grant application window opens April 3, 2014, and closes on April 28, 2014. Last year, eCivis helped the City of Atlanta win $18 million TIGER grant. Click the button below to learn how eCivis can assist you.