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Funding Resources/Updates

This page provides updates and resources related to the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) — also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) — signed into law on November 15, 2021.  

The NJTPA has a central role in ensuring that North Jersey can take full advantage of the funding and programs in the Act. In particular, the Act provides much needed funding to repair and improve road, rail and bridge infrastructure in the region. To be eligible for this funding, all projects will have to be approved by the NJTPA Board for inclusion in the region's Transportation Improvement Program or TIP.

The Act also offers a host of funding opportunities for local governments to improve mobility for residents which can bolster local economies and quality of life (see resources below). As the region's Metropolitan Planning Organization, the NJTPA can assist in coordinating and helping with grant applications and submissions, including:

  • Providing letters of support indicating that proposed activities are consistent with the region's long range transportation plan, Plan 2050
  • Providing data on regional travel or directing applicants to appropriate data sources
  • Providing information on related or complementary activities in the region
  • Providing assistance on strategies to address planning issues, conduct outreach and assess equity and environmental impacts.
The NJTPA urges local governments or other organizations to contact the NJTPA and keep us informed regarding proposed applications for IIJA funding. This will ensure all concerned parties throughout the region can support and coordinate activities and realize the greatest benefits for the region's residents. 

Register to apply for Federal grants — A SAM registration is required for any entity to bid on and get paid for federal contracts or to receive federal funds. These include for-profit businesses, nonprofits, government contractors, government subcontractors, state governments, and local municipalities. Guidance and information on grants is at Grants.gov
 


Latest Developments

Please check our calendar for information about upcoming webinars.

August 2 : New Jersey Information on Safe Streets for All Program  -- Governor Murphy's office released slides from presentations at the August 1 webinar about the Safe Streets for All program.  The webinar featured presentations by the Federal Highway Administration at USDOT and Local Aid & Economic Development Division at NJDOT. Information and assistance for grant applicants can be obtained from the Governor's IIJA Office at [email protected] or NJDOT Local Aid Resource Center .

July 8: Ferry Programs — The Federal Transit Administration issued a Notice of Funding Opportunities for three Ferry grant programs — the Passenger Ferry Grant Program; the Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program; and the Ferry Service for Rural Communities Programs. Application deadlines are September 6. Informational webinars will be held on July 27 2:30PM EDT and July 28 (focusing on new services) 2:30 p.m.

June 30: Railroad Crossing Elimination Program — A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for this program has been released.  It makes available $573 million in grant funding in FY 2022. The program funds projects that create grade separations — such as overpasses and underpasses — as well as closures, track relocations, and improvement or installation of warning devices at crossings if related to a separation or relocation project. Planning, environmental review, and other preliminary design elements are also eligible for grant funding.

June 30: Reconnecting American Communities — A Notice of Funding Opportunity for this program has been released. The program aims to help reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure. Funding supports planning grants and capital construction grants, as well as technical assistance, to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities. The $1 billion RCP Program is accepting applications now through October 13, 2022.

June 10: Bridge Investment Program  — This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to solicit applications for three categories of Bridge Investment Program (BIP) funding: (1) Planning; (2) Bridge Projects (projects with eligible costs less than $100 million); and (3) Large Bridge Projects (projects with eligible costs greater than $100 million).  Eligible applicants may submit applications for any of the three funding categories, but each category has distinct eligibility and selection criteria and application deadlines. The deadline for 2022 planning applications is July 25; large bridge projects, August 9; and bridge projects, September 8.

May 26: Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning — USDOT announced the availability of approximately $13 million in competitive grant funds through the Federal Transit Administration for this program. TOD looks at the relationship among transit, housing and land use. This program was originally established in 2014 and has provided grants annually.

May 19: Technical Assistance Guide for Infrastructure Resources — The White House released a technical assistance guide to help state and local governments navigate, access, and deploy infrastructure resources in the IIJA. It identifies over $700 million in dedicated funding across more than 65 technical assistance programs.  The announcement of the Guide includes links to non-governmental resources and assistance including:  Local Infrastructure Hub;  Accelerator for America and Climate Jobs National Resource Center.

May 16: Safe Streets and Roads grant opportunity — A notice of funding opportunity has been released for the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program providing $5 billion in funds over the next five years. Eligible activities include developing a comprehensive safety action plan; planning, design, and development in support of an Action Plan; and implementing safety projects and strategies. Webinars provide information on how to apply.  A fact sheet on the program is here.  On August 1, an amendment  was issued "clarifying the instructions for making data calculations necessary for the Action Plan and Implementation Grant applications."

April 22: Summary of Federal Funding for EV Charging Infrastructure — This 16-page publication summarizes the various federal programs that fund and support expansion of electric vehicle charging, focusing on the National Highway System.

April 21: Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) —  This new program provides $6.4 billion in formula funding for states and localities over five years. It will fund a wide range of projects designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from on-road highway sources — from installing infrastructure to support the electrification of freight vehicles or personal cars, to constructing Bus Rapid Transit corridors, to facilitating micro-mobility and biking. Under the CRP, states must also develop carbon reduction strategies in consultation with Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

March 30: Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Guidance  —  FHWA has issued a memorandum providing background information and guidance to clarify eligibility, transfer, and other program requirements.  The program funds many smaller-scale but critically important multimodal transportation projects at both the State and local level including pedestrian and bicycle facilities; construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas; community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management; environmental mitigation; safe routes to school projects; and vulnerable road user safety assessments, among others. It is a key program for helping states build complete streets.
 

Resources and links

 

Safe Streets and Roads Grants
The Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant program was created under IIJA to support local and regional efforts to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. It will provide about $5 billion in competitive grants over five years. The deadline to apply for FY2022 grants is September 15, 2022.

For details, more information, and applicant guidance:

Award announcements are expected to be made by the end of calendar year 2022 or early 2023.
 

RAISE Grant
Multimodal Project Grant (MPDG)
Other Grant Programs
Federal Guidance
Federal Agency Websites
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