The INFRA Grants Program
What is the INFRA program?
INFRA (known statutorily as the Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight & Highway Projects) awards competitive grants for multimodal freight and highway projects of national or regional significance to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people in and across rural and urban areas.
When is funding available?
Competitive Grant – part of the FY22 Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant Opportunity (MPDG).
The INFRA grant program funding will be made available in 2022 under the MPDG combined Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that will allow applicants to use one application to apply for up to three separate discretionary grant opportunities:
- Mega Grants: known statutorily as the National Infrastructure Project Assistance program (49 U.S.C. 6701)
- INFRA Grants: known statutorily as the Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highway Projects program (23 U.S.C. 117)
- Rural Surface Transportation Grant: (23 U.S.C. 173)
INFRA Summary Details
New Program?: No – but INFRA was updated to include new eligibilities, set-asides, and other programming changes in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) passed in 2021 that are substantive changes from the FAST Act of 2015: 23 U.S.C. 117.
Funding amount: $7,250,000,000 (total available FY22-FY26)
Period of Availability: 4 years
- A State or a group of States.
- A metropolitan planning organization that serves an urbanized area (as defined by the Bureau of the Census) with a population of more than 200,000 individuals.
- A unit of local government or a group of local governments.
- A political subdivision of a State or local government.
- A special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority.
- A Federal land management agency that applies jointly with a State or group of States.
- A Tribal government or a consortium of Tribal governments.
- A multistate corridor organization.
- A multistate or multijurisdictional group of entities described in this paragraph.
Eligible Uses: Projects that improve safety, generate economic benefits, reduce congestion, enhance resiliency, and hold the greatest promise to eliminate freight bottlenecks and improve critical freight movements.