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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. If a grant no longer appears on the below list, the deadline to apply has passed. However, you can still find information about the various programs under the Resources and Links section.

May 30, 2024 - Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Grant Program - The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a $1.3 billion funding opportunity for electric vehicle charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure. Open to state, county and local governments, the program provides two funding categories of grants: Community Charging and Alternative Fueling Grants and Charging and Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants. The notice of funding opportunity is here. New applications due by August 28, 2024. Reconsideration requests for past applications due by July 1, 2024. The FHWA will host two webinars to share information on the CFI program: June 6 at 2:00 PM (ET) a webinar will be held for first time applications; June 11 at 1:00 PM (ET) a webinar will be held for reconsideration of round 1 applications 

May 23, 2024 - Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning Program - The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of approximately $10.5 million in competitive grants for this program. Applications are due July 22, 2024Past grants have mostly gone to transit operators, though a few cities also received awards. This year, applications with a substantial focus on affordable housing may receive 100% federal support. On June 5th, FTA will host a webinar for this funding opportunity, provide an overview of the program, and describe the eligibility requirements. 

May 14, 2024 - SMART Grants, Funding Transportation Technology and Innovation -  USDOT announced today that it is accepting applications for the third year of its Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program. Applications are due July 12th for Stage 1 Planning and Prototyping grants. During Stage 1, the SMART program will fund technology demonstrations and prototypes that solve real-world transportation problems and build data and technology capacity for State, local, and Tribal governments. Later this year, recipients of Stage 1 grants will be eligible to expand their projects through the first of several Stage 2 grant opportunities. Most past grants have gone to large cities or transit agencies -  see here.  According to USDOT, successful projects will create sustainable partnerships across sectors and levels of government, engaging industry, labor, academia, and nonprofits to better meet community transportation needs.  A webinar on How to Apply  will be held on May 28th, 2024, at 1pm ET.

April 17, 2024 -  Ferry Grant Programs The Federal Transit Administration announced the availability of $316 million to support and modernize passenger ferry services, with a proposal deadline of June 17, 2024. Three programs are included in this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): the Passenger Ferry Program supports capital projects to buy, replace, or modernize passenger ferries, terminals, and related equipment ; the Electric or Low Emitting Ferry Program provides federal support to transit agencies to buy ferry vessels that reduce emissions; and the Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to support or expand ferry services in rural areas. Instructions for applying and eligibility information can be found on GRANTS.GOV. FTA will host a webinar (passcode 638376) on Thursday, May 2, at 2:30 p.m. ET to discuss the requirements for funding, application eligibility and criteria, and the submission process.

Federal Program Inventory — The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has developed a Federal Program Inventory (FPI) that includes information about the more than 2,300 Federal financial assistance programs. The FPI allows users to search by category, agency, assistance type and eligible applicants.

April 16, 2024 — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued an amendment to the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). It adds $200 million to the amount available for implementation projects for a total of $780 million. It also clarifies that funding awards to applicants submitted after each deadline is contingent on remaining funds. Funds are available on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis. And it removes the option for unsuccessful Implementation Grant applicants to apply for a Planning and Demonstration Grant. Implementation Grant applicants are encouraged to bundle requests for supplemental planning and demonstration activities into their Implementation Grant application.
Changes the deadline for technical questions to April 24 to answer any questions related to the amendment. Application deadlines remain the same.

March 25, 2024 — SS4A Webinar Recordings —  Recordings of three public "How to Apply" webinars are available. The webinars focused on developing an Action Plan; supplemental planning and demonstration activities; and Implementation Grants. The deadlines for the SS4A FY24 Notice of Funding Opportunity are as follows:
  • April 4, 2024, by 5 PM ET: Deadline #1 for Planning and Demonstration Grants.
  • April 17, 2024: Deadline for technical questions related to the FY24 NOFO. Deadline for the Pre-Application Action Plan Review for Implementation Grant applicants. 
  • May 16, 2024, by 5 PM ET: Sole deadline for Implementation Grants. Deadline #2 for Planning and Demonstration Grants.
  • August 29, 2024, by 5 PM ET: Deadline #3 for Planning and Demonstration Grants. NOFO closes.

March 19, 2024 — Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program  — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the opening of applications for the Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP), a new competitive grant program, with an application deadline of June 17th.  The Notice of Funding Opportunity for the program is here. The ATIIP aims to enhance safety and connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians across communities nationwide. With an allocation of up to $44.5 million, this program seeks to support projects that create comprehensive networks of bicycle and pedestrian pathways. The program offers two types of grants: Planning and Design grants, for projects costing $100,000 or more; and Construction grants for projects costing $15 million or more. The federal share of project costs will not exceed 80%, except for projects serving communities with high poverty rates, where it may cover up to 100%. A general webinar for applicants will be held on April 9.  An additional session will be held for tribal nations on April 10.

February 21, 2024 — Safe Streets and Roads for All now open for applications.  USDOT announced that applications are being accepted for the Fiscal Year 2024 Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program. It funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent deaths and serious injuries on our nation's roadways. Numerous grants have been received in New Jersey in the past under the program. According to the Notice of Funding Opportunity, Planning and Demonstration Grant applicants can apply to three upcoming rounds of funding, with the following deadlines: April 4, May 16, and August 29, 2024. Implementation Grant applications must be submitted by May 16, 2024 with a possibility of resubmission by August 29.  A series of webinars on SS4A funding are planned.

Webinar Recordings: Identifying Discretionary Grant Opportunities — This May 22, 2023 webinar showcased the USDOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard, a tool that makes it easier to search for and find grant opportunities depending on the type of project you have, your organization type, and other considerations like match requirements.  It was a follow-up to a February 8 webinar featured staff from across the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) highlighting several resources created to help potential grant applicants to navigate different funding opportunities.

Matrix of competitive grant programs — USDOT and FHWA continue to update this matrix which illustrates grant programs broadly, organized by applicant type, and lists grant programs (rows) which can be matched with the potential applicant (column) the program can fund.

Anticipated dates for upcoming funding opportunities — USDOT continues to update this list of anticipated dates for upcoming NOFOs for key programs within the BIL and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), as well as related programs. This list is not comprehensive and will be updated periodically with additional programs and revised dates as appropriate.

Resources and links

Reconnecting Communities

This program has become part of a consolidated: Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program.

USDOT announced a joint Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) and Neighborhood Access and Equity (NAE) programs, which will combine two major discretionary grants into one NOFO. The application deadline was September 28, 2023.  Together, this combined program will be known as the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Program.  Many projects may be eligible and considered for both component grant programs using a single application. Among the shared goals of the two component programs are: reconnecting communities by addressing transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity; fostering equitable development and restoration; improving access to jobs, education and other destinations; and prioritizing disadvantaged communities. Webinar recordings are available here
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