TIGER Round VI Comes with $600 Million

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 4, 2014 10:01:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Transportation, TIGER, Grant News, Infrastructure

Grant News Grab Bag: Cloud Management, Webinars, and More

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 8, 2013 6:00:00 AM

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Topics: Transportation, TIGER, Grant News, Housing

TIGER Grants: Fifth Round Starts Monday

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 25, 2013 5:30:00 AM

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, TIGER, Grant News, Infrastructure

Billions for Bridges: A Local Government Look

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Feb 28, 2013 5:00:00 AM

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Topics: Local Government, Transportation

Transportation: Meet the New TIFIA

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Oct 22, 2012 8:17:00 AM

The immensely popular Transportation Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (TIFIA), which provides federal credit assistance in the form of direct loans, loan guarantees, and lines of credit for eligible surface transportation projects, has dramatically expanded funding for FY 2013 and 2014.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, Infrastructure

Grants Network: Grants of Late Summer Due in the Fall

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 29, 2012 2:30:00 AM

Summer's nearly over, and our Grants Network: Research database has plenty of grants whose due dates are fast approaching in the fall. We thought we'd highlight a few of the grants whose applications are due in October and November (with one exception).

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Topics: Grants Management Software, Federal Grants, Transportation, Energy, Grant News, Foundation Grants, Education

Earmark Funding: Obama's “We Can’t Wait” Initiative

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 22, 2012 3:00:00 AM

The White House announced last Friday that it would redirect $473 million of “idle” earmark funding to highway projects as part of President Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” initiative. The plan will redistribute unspent earmarks from FY 2003-2006 and would be “immediately available to states for projects,” including eligible highway, transit, passenger rail, and port projects, “that will create jobs and help improve transportation across the country.” Some of the earmarked highway funds are nearly 10 years old.

States must identify the projects for which they plan to use the funds by October 1, and must obligate them by December 31, 2012. "Use it or lose it" is the name of the idle earmarks game.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, TIGER, Grant News, Infrastructure, Legislation

DHS Final Grant Allocations Total Over $1.3 Billion

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 3, 2012 3:15:00 AM

Last Friday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the final allocations for seven FY 2012 Preparedness Grant programs will total more than $1.3 billion. That kind of money deserves a “heads up” blog post.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, Grant News

Funding Livability: Federal Initiatives, Small-Town Implementation

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 23, 2012 7:53:00 AM

Imagine: “Being able to take your kids to school, go to work, see a doctor, drop by the grocery or post office, go out to dinner and a movie, and play with your kids in a park, all without having to get in your car.” This might sound like a day’s activities in an Austrian city—utopian by the standards of urban sprawl America. But the quotation comes from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood as he defines livability, a catchword you see in numerous grant programs these days. So how does livability manifest at the federal initiative level down to the local implementation level across the U.S.?

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Topics: Transportation, Housing, Urban Planning, Environment

Senate Committee Approves Transportation and HUD Budget

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 18, 2012 12:16:00 PM

On April 17, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies approved its FY 2013 spending bill, which includes $3.1 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program (an increase of $152 million from FY 2012) and a restoration of funding to the Sustainable Communities Initiative program. TIGER received $500 million, Choice Neighborhoods $120 million, and the Sustainable Communities Initiative $50 million. The bill includes $39.1 billion for federal highway programs and $1.75 billion for rail infrastructure, including funding proposed for Amtrak, which is to receive $1.45 billion. Read this analysis for a detailed breakdown of the appropriations.

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Topics: Transportation, Budgets, Legislation, Housing