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2014 TIGER Program: $600 Million Awarded, $9 Billion Requested

Reliable infrastructure is a key component of a flourishing economy. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program is built on this idea. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced awards for the sixth round of the ever-popular TIGER Discretionary Grant program, which will fund 72 projects from 46 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The Department received 797 eligible applications from 49 states during this round, up from the 585 applications received in 2013. Overall, applicants requested $9 billion for transportation projects—15 times the $600 million available for the program, said officials in a press release. You can read about the awardees and projects here; a sample of the projects, taken from the fact sheet, are below:

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TIGER Round VI Comes with $600 Million

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.

Capacity Building Grants for Nonprofits: Trend and Resources

I recently met with a local foundation currently redesigning their community programs to include capacity building grants (also known as organizational effectiveness grants) to enhance the overall effectiveness of area nonprofits. The funder’s goal is to invest in the mission of local nonprofits to help ensure successful delivery of services to local communities and long-term sustainability of organizations. Through capacity building grants, the foundation is leveraging the impact of their philanthropic resources.

The Price of Aging Drinking Water Infrastructure

If you're writing on drinking water infrastructure, you would benefit from the sources included in this post. Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its quadrennial "Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment," reporting a total 20-year capital improvement need (2011 through 2030) of $384.2 billion for infrastructure. This report, comparable to the 2007 EPA assessment, states that U.S. water systems have “entered a ‘rehabilitation and replacement era’ in which much of water utilities’ existing infrastructure has reached or is approaching the end of its useful life.” From Topeka to Chicago and New York, aging and corroded water pipes result in main breaks that take a toll.

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