TIGER Preapplications Due Feb. 20

February 13, 2012 | By Adrianne Fielding | Post a Comment

No lions and bears on the docket today, but we do want to make sure you know that there’s one week left to submit a preapplication for discretionary Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Through this competition, the Department of Transportation will award $500 million in fiscal year 2012 funding for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

Eligible projects include highway or bridge projects; public transportation projects; passenger and freight rail projects; and marine port infrastructure investments. The agency expects to award up to $100 million of the available funding for high speed and intercity passenger rail projects, reflecting the high priority of those project types. Proposed projects must provide transportation benefits and be ready for broad use by the public upon completion. Research, demonstration or pilot project that do not create publically accessible surface transportation infrastructure are not eligible for funding.

This program is highly competitive; in the last round of funding, only about 5 percent of all applicants received awards. The primary selection criteria are long-term outcomes; and job creation and near-term economic activity. The secondary selection criteria are innovation and partnership.

Eligible applicants include state, local and tribal governments, including territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions and consortia of eligible entities. Applications with a high degree of jurisdictional and stakeholder collaboration will receive priority from DOT.

Except in rural areas, individual awards will range from $10 million to $200 million. At least $120 million of the available funding will be awarded for projects in rural areas, for which the minimum award size is $1 million. No more than 25 percent of the available funds will be awarded in a single state.

Awards will cover up to 80 percent of a proposed project’s cost, although the federal share may be increased up to 100 percent for projects in rural areas. Applicants can increase their competitiveness by demonstrating significant nonfederal resources. During the FY 2011 competition, projects in urban areas committed an average of 65 percent in nonfederal project funds, while rural projects committed an average of 46 percent in nonfederal funds.

Since all funds awarded through this competition must be obligated by Sep. 30, 2013, applications must include detailed project information to show that the project can be executed within the compressed timeframe.

Preapplications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20. Final applications must be submitted by March 19.

The full funding announcement is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-31/pdf/2012-1996.pdf. Additional information about the program and the FY 12 competition is available by emailing program staff at tigergrants@dot.gov or calling Howard Hill at 202-366-0301.

Photo credit: Adrianne Fielding

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