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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.

September 19: Advanced Transportation Technologies and Innovative Mobility Deployment (ATTIMD) Program — This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) was issued September 19  with a deadline of November 18 for grants to state and local governments and others to deploy, install, and operate advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, mobility, efficiency, system performance, intermodal connectivity, and infrastructure return on investment. This program, also known as Advanced Transportation Technologies and Innovation (ATTAIN), includes technologies for improving transportation access; emergency evacuation and response; connected vehicle safety systems; advanced parking reservation or variable pricing systems; integrated corridor management; and more. An information webinar is planned. 

September 19: Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Info — The NOFO for this grant was issued September 16. The SMART Grants Program funds purpose-driven innovation to build data and technology capacity and expertise for State, local, and Tribal governments. Communities should target their real-world challenges where the use of new technologies and approaches can create benefits. Applications are due November 18.

September 9: Reconnecting Communities Non-Federal Match Info — The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has posted information about non-Federal match requirements for its Reconnecting Communities Program (RCP) aimed at addressing the needs of communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure. The $1 billion RCP Program is accepting applications now through October 13. See the section below for additional information.

August 23:  USDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have updated its matrix of competitive grant programs. The matrix 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.

June 30: Railroad Crossing Elimination Program — A 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. The deadline to apply is October 4.

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.

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

 

Reconnecting Communities
 
  • The Reconnecting Communities Pilot 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. Additional information is available in the NOFO. The deadline to apply for FY 2022 funding is  October 13.
    • On September 9, USDOT posted information about non-federal match requirements for the Reconnecting Communities Program. The new webpage includes general information about program grants, federal assistance, match requirements, eligible funding sources for the non-federal match requirement, and examples of eligible and ineligible expenses under the program. 
Safe Streets and Roads Grants
RAISE Grant
Multimodal Project Grant (MPDG)
Other Grant Programs
Federal Guidance
Federal Agency Websites
Other Info/Resources/Links