Department of Transportation Offers New Round of TIGER Funding

February 24, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAEver go eight rounds with a tiger? Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Not to worry, that’s not the type of tiger were referring to today. This one is more positive, and less life-threatening.

The Department of Transportation yesterday said it would make $500 million available for transportation projects under an eighth round of its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. The federal Fiscal Year 2016 TIGER grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

According to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx: “The TIGER program funds vital transportation projects that provide real benefits to communities all across the country. Every year, we see hundreds of compelling applications that have the potential to improve people’s access to economic opportunities, make people safer, and improve their well-being.”

Since 2009, TIGER grants have provided about $4.6 billion to 381 projects in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 134 projects to support rural and tribal communities. During the previous seven rounds, DOT has received more than 6,700 applications requesting more than $134 billion for transportation projects across the country.

The program supports innovative projects, including multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects, which are difficult to fund through traditional federal programs. TIGER funding is provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, and applications are due by April 29. More information on how to apply can be found here.

If you’ve had any experience with TIGER grant funding, let us know if it was helpful. We’d like to hear from you.


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