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Rural and Tribal Community Resources

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Welcome to the Bureau Rural and Tribal Resources page. The Bureau has several programs that support rural and tribal communities. We look forward to working with you to bring your projects to fruition.

Rural Projects Initiative

There is a special program that is part of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) called the Rural Project Initiative (RPI).

The new RPI credit program is not your grandparents’ transportation financing plan! TIFIA RPI provides flexible, low-interest (half the treasury rate), long-term loans to get transportation projects underway now – benefiting our communities and not collecting dust as plans on a shelf.

Learn more

Click below to view two example RPI projects underway.

Monterey-Salinas Transit District

San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority

State Infrastructure Banks (SIBS)

Tribal and rural communities can also get loans for projects from State Infrastructure Banks (SIBS), which borrow funds from the Bureau on behalf of smaller entities that might not otherwise be qualified for a loan with one project. The SIB can then lend to a variety of projects and provide the same favorable terms as a traditional TIFIA loan for a larger project.

Check out more here.

Regional Infrastructure Accelerators

Regional Infrastructure Accelerators could also be a viable option for rural communities. The grant program helps an agency or a group partnered with a public agency to set up regional “extensions” of the Bureau to incubate projects and get them prepared for financing sooner than they might otherwise be ready.

Check out the Accelerators program.

COMING SOON!

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law created two new grant programs that will benefit rural and tribal communities. The Bureau is working on the implementation. Here are the highlights:

New Grant Programs

Rural & Tribal Assistance Pilot Program

  • A $10 million, five-year pilot program to provide rural state, local, and tribal governments with:
    • Technical, legal, and financial advisory assistance
    • Evaluate potential projects to be delivered through alternative delivery through alternative delivery methods
    • Pay for early development activities such as:
      • Feasibility studies
      • Revenue forecasting
      • Preliminary engineering
      • Environmental review

Technical Assistance Grants for Asset Monetization Projects

  • Total of $100 million over five years
  • Fund state and local government technical, financial, and legal advisory service costs for alternative project delivery
  • Covers pre-implementation costs, including:
    • Identifying appropriate assets or projects for concessions
    • Developing and issuing requests for proposals
    • Risk analysis

Visit the ROUTES website to learn more about the Department-wide initiative to address disparities in rural transportation infrastructure.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Visit the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law webpage to learn more about its historic investment in America’s infrastructure

Last updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2022