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DOT Announces BUILD Grants to Replace TIGER

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday (April 20) that it has replaced the TIGER grant program, which had supplied funds to infrastructure projects since 2010, with the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants program, which it says will focus more on rural projects.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has replaced the TIGER grant program, which had supplied funds to infrastructure projects since 2010, with the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

TIGER, which stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, was instituted in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus package passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Over the years, the program awarded more than $5 billion to surface transportation projects not otherwise funded by the DOT.

The final batch of TIGER grants was announced last month, with $500 million going to 41 infrastructure projects, including bridge rehabs and recoating projects as well as highway construction and rail projects.


BUILD, which stands for Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, will offer $1.5 billion in discretionary funding through 2020, according to the DOT. The funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation, the agency says.

The infrastructure priorities laid out by the administration of President Donald J. Trump include investment in rural projects, and in light of that, “DOT intends to award a greater share of BUILD Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas that align well with the selection criteria than to such projects in urban areas,” the agency said in a press release.

BUILD grants will represent up to $25 million in funding per grant, and no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single state. At least 30 percent of the funding made available through the program will go to rural projects.

The DOT will hold a series of webinars in late May for potential applicants; more webinars are set to be scheduled starting in June. Applications for BUILD grants for the 2018 fiscal year are due July 19.

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Tagged categories: Department of Transportation (DOT); Funding; Grants; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

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