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Department of Transportation Announces Funding Opportunity under National Infrastructure Investment / TIGER Discretionary Grants Program; Job Creation, Movement of Workers, Opportunities for Small Businesses among Criteria for Selection
Apr 29, 2013

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced it is seeking proposals under its program for National Infrastructure Investment / TIGER Discretionary Grants program.

Title VIII of The Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 appropriated $473.847 million to be awarded DOT for National Infrastructure Investments/TIGER.

As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the FY 2013 TIGER program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

Applications are due by June 3. Click here for the full solicitation.

The solicitation has an "economic competitiveness" theme in improving the nation's transportation system. DOT will assess whether the project will:

    (i) Improve long-term efficiency, reliability or cost-competitiveness in the movement of workers or goods, with a particular focus on projects that have a significant effect on reducing the costs of transporting export cargoes;

    (ii) increase the economic productivity of land, capital or labor at or between specific locations, particularly in Economically Distressed Areas; or

    (iii) result in job creation and practicable opportunities, particularly for low-income workers or for people in Economically Distressed Areas, and practicable opportunities for small businesses and disadvantaged business enterprises, including veteran-owned small businesses and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

The FY 2013 Appropriations Act specifies that TIGER Discretionary Grants may be not less than $10 million (except in rural areas) and not greater than $200 million. For projects located in rural areas, the minimum TIGER Discretionary Grant size is $1 million.

"Eligible Applicants" for TIGER Discretionary Grants are State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead Applicant.

DOT also notes:

Projects that grow out of a robust planning process - such as those conducted with DOT's various planning programs and initiatives, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Regional Planning Grants and Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants, or the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program as well as technical assistance programs focused on livability or economic development planning - will also be given priority.