Transportation funding to BUILD

Applications due July 19

The TIGER program had its ninth life last year and has landed on its feet as BUILD or the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

About $1.5 billion is available to be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will have a significant local or regional impact.

For 2018, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single state. At least 30 percent of funds must be awarded to projects located in rural areas. 

BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation and can provide capital funding directly to any public entity, including municipalities, counties, port authorities, tribal governments, and even MPOs.

The criteria for the new program includes safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-Federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments. It also highlights rural needs. 

A webinar on how to compete for BUILD Transportation Grants for all applicants will be held on Thursday, May 24; a webinar for rural and tribal applicants will be held on Tuesday, May 29; and a webinar on how to prepare a benefit cost analysis for a BUILD application will be held on Thursday, May 31. All webinars will take place from 2:00-4:00 PM EDT. Details and registration information regarding these webinars will be made available at

The deadline to submit an application for the FY 2018 BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants program is July 19, 2018.

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