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How to Apply for the Thriving Communities Program

Two Opportunities for Potential Applicants

For fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding, the Thriving Communities Program (TCP) offers two separate response opportunities for potential applicants: a Letter of Interest and a Notice of Funding Opportunity.

  1. A Call for Letters of Interest (LOI): For eligible applicants to receive technical assistance, planning, or capacity building services. There is no cost requirement to participate, and DOT will prioritize helping the most under-resourced disadvantaged communities.  
  2. A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): For eligible applicants to provide technical assistance, planning, or capacity building services to help disadvantaged communities.

View the table below to understand which opportunity may apply to you:

Opportunity #1: Call for Letters of Interest (LOI) #2: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
Purpose

Technical assistance, planning, or capacity building services provided to eligible applicants.

Funding for eligible applicants to provide technical assistance, planning, or capacity building services to selected TCP communities.
Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are:

  • Local, state, or Tribal governments including pueblos or villages
  • United States territories
  • Metropolitan planning organizations
  • Transit agencies
  • Other political subdivisions of state or local governments

TCP will prioritize support to disadvantaged communities and others that face capacity challenges.

Eligible lead applicants are:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • State or local governments and their agencies (such as transit agencies or metropolitan planning organizations)
  • Indian Tribes
  • Philanthropic entities
  • Other technical assistance providers with a demonstrated capacity to develop and provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity building

Priority is given to applicants that demonstrate experience working with state, local, or Tribal governments, United States territories, or other political subdivisions of state or local governments.

Recipient Benefits

Over a two-year period (calendar years 2023-2025), TCP recipient communities will have access to:

  1. Direct, individualized deep-dive technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support including assistance with grant applications, project scoping, planning and pre-development activities, and pre-engineering studies. As applicable, assistance is also provided through project development, project funding and financing, and project delivery. 
  2. A Community of Practice comprised of local and national partners to advance policies, practices, and projects informed by meaningful public involvement and partnership.
  3. Targeted technical support as part of the national TCP capacity building network.

DOT's selected capacity builders will provide a spectrum of support to recipient communities that includes:

  1. Delivering individualized deep-dive technical assistance, planning, and capacity building to selected communities across pre-development and grant application activities through project development, project funding and financing, and project delivery.
  2. Establishing and managing a national Community of Practice to advance policies, practices, and projects informed by meaningful public involvement and partnership.
  3. Providing targeted technical support as part of the national TCP capacity building network.
How to Apply

Submit a Letter of Interest through USDOT’s fillable web-based form.

Interested applicants can prepare for online submission by utilizing the Letter of Interest Worksheet.

Apply to the Notice of Funding Opportunity through Grants.gov.
Application Deadline 11:59 p.m. (EST) December 6, 2022 11:59 p.m. (EST) November 29, 2022
Link to Full Program Requirements Call for Letters of Interest for the Thriving Communities Program (FY 2022) Notice of Funding Opportunity for the FY 2022 Thriving Communities Program

How to Submit a Letter of Interest (LOI)

If you are looking to receive technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support through the Thriving Communities Program, the lead applicant must submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) through the LOI webform by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on December 6, 2022.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to make submissions in advance of the deadline. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

In the event of any technical challenges, please contact ThrivingCommunities@dot.gov.

Please note that submission of an LOI does not commit the applicant to receiving, nor does it commit DOT to providing, technical assistance. DOT will review LOIs and select and notify recipients of Thriving Communities Program support.

Applicant Tips

  • DOT recommends thoroughly reading the Call for Letters of Interest before you begin work on your submission.
  • The Letter of Interest Worksheet can help you to prepare to draft your submission.
  • When you’re ready, use the web form to submit your application.
  • Please review your LOI to ensure all fields have been completed before submitting the form, and do not submit the webform more than once. 

Requesting or Submitting Paper Copies

Potential applicants can request paper copy materials by phone at 202-366-2414, by email at ThrivingCommunities@dot.gov, or by mail at:

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE 
W12-412 
Washington, DC 20590 

Applicants may also submit paper copy LOIs to the same mailing address listed above. Submissions must be postmarked no later than December 6, 2022. 

How to Apply to the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

If you are looking to provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support through the Thriving Communities Program, you must submit an application to the Notice of Funding Opportunity through Grants.gov.

Application Instructions for Grants.gov

Please be aware that you must complete the Grants.gov registration process before submitting the final application, and that this process usually takes 2-4 weeks to complete. Applicants are encouraged to start the Grants.gov registration process now.

Final applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on November 29, 2022. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make submissions in advance of the deadline. Late applications will not be reviewed.

To register on Grants.gov, applicants must:

  1. Obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number;
  2. Register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at www.SAM.gov
  3. Create a Grants.gov username and password; and
  4. The E-Business Point of Contact (POC) at your organization must respond to the registration email from Grants.gov and login at Grants.gov to authorize you as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Please note that there can be more than one AOR for an organization.

For information and instructions on each of these processes, please see Grants.gov’s Frequently Asked Questions by Applicants.

Obtaining a UEI

On April 4, 2022, the unique entity identifier used across the Federal government changed from the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) (generated by SAM.gov). If your entity is currently registered in SAM.gov, your UEI has already been assigned and is viewable in SAM.gov. This includes inactive registrations. 

Some potential Capacity Builder applicants have experienced issues or delays in obtaining a UEI. Due to these issues, DOT has determined that it is permissible for the lead applicant to apply without a valid UEI. However, the applicant must have a valid UEI before final selection and Federal award administration. Therefore, DOT recommends that NOFO applicants obtain a valid UEI as soon as possible.

Additional Information on Applying Through Grants.gov

If interested parties experience difficulties at any point during registration or application process, please call the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726 or email at support@grants.gov.

Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur and it can take up to several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. It is highly recommended that applicants start the registration process as early as possible to prevent delays that may preclude submitting an application by the deadlines specified.

To learn about registering as an organization with grants.gov, please see Grants.gov’s Organization Registration Checklist.

Access a complete list of Grants.gov applicant resources.

Acceptable File Types

When uploading attachments at Grants.gov, please use generally accepted formats such as .pdf, .doc, and .xls. While you may embed picture files such as .jpg, .gif, .bmp, in your files, please do not save and submit the attachment in these formats.

Additionally, the following formats will not be accepted: .com, .bat, .exe, .vbs, .cfg, .dat, .db, .dbf, .dll, .ini, .log, .ora, .sys, and .zip.

Funding Opportunity Parameters

Grants.gov Opportunity Number: DOT-TCP-FY22-01

CFDA Assistance Listing: 20.942

Last updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2022