Notice of Funding Availability for the Department of Transportation’s National Infrastructure Investments under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary of Transportation, DOT
ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability
SUMMARY: The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235, December 16, 2014) (“FY 2015 Appropriations Act” or the “Act”) appropriated $500 million to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (“DOT” or the “Department”) for National Infrastructure Investments. This appropriation is similar, but not identical, to the program funded and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”) known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or “TIGER Discretionary Grants,” program. Because of the similarity in program structure, DOT will continue to refer to the program as “TIGER Discretionary Grants.” Funds for the FY 2015 TIGER program (“TIGER FY 2015”) are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. The purpose of this final notice is to solicit applications for TIGER Discretionary Grants.
DATES: Pre-applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM E.D.T. on May 4, 2015. Final applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM E.D.T. on June 5, 2015.
ADDRESSES: Pre-applications must be submitted electronically through www.dot.gov/TIGER. Final applications must be submitted through Grants.gov. Only applicants who comply with all submission requirements described in this notice and electronically submit both valid pre-applications to DOT and final applications through Grants.gov will be eligible for award.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information concerning this notice, please contact the TIGER Discretionary Grant program staff via e-mail at TIGERGrants@dot.gov, or call Howard Hill at 202-366-0301. A TDD is available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing at 202-366-3993. In addition, DOT will regularly post answers to questions and requests for clarifications on DOT’s website at www.dot.gov/TIGER
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is substantially similar to the final notice published for the TIGER Discretionary Grant program in the Federal Register on March 3, 2014. However, the FY 2015 Appropriations Act does not provide dedicated funding for the planning, preparation, or design of capital projects (“TIGER Planning Grants”); these activities may be eligible to the extent that they are part of an overall construction project that receives TIGER Discretionary Grant funding. Additionally, unlike the past two rounds of TIGER Discretionary Grants, a pre-application must be submitted for an application to be considered. The pre-application helps DOT allocate staff resources for the evaluation process, allows applicants to provide identifying information about their project, and assists DOT in clarifying eligibility questions before the final application is submitted. In addition to the differences above, and minor edits for clarification and those made to conform the notice to the statutory circumstances of this round of TIGER Discretionary Grant funding, this notice’s format has changed to conform to Appendix I to 2 CFR Part 200. Each section of this notice contains information and instructions relevant to the application process for these TIGER Discretionary Grants, and you should read this notice in its entirety so that you have the information you need to submit eligible and competitive applications.