General Grant Program Information
Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) Grant program provides funding to ensure surface transportation resilience to natural hazards including climate change, sea level rise, flooding, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters through support of planning activities, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk coastal infrastructure.
The PROTECT discretionary program offers two types of awards: planning grants and Competitive Resilience Improvement Grants.
A Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is required for this grant program. For more information about BCA's, see What is a BCA? and the USDOT's Benefit-Cost Analysis Guidance for Discretionary Grants.
Eligible uses include highway, transit, and certain port projects that include resilience planning, strengthening and protecting evacuation routes, enabling communities to address vulnerabilities and increasing the resilience of surface transportation infrastructure from the impacts of sea level rise, flooding, wildfires, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters.
Eligible applicants include states (or a political subdivision of a state), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), local governments, special purpose districts or public authorities with a transportation function, Tribal governments, and federal land management agencies (FLMAs), when applying jointly with states. Different eligibilities apply for at-risk coastal infrastructure grants.
The PROTECT program provides $1.4 billion in funding over 5 years. Individual award amounts vary. Only 40 percent of award funds can be used for construction of new capacity.
Federal cost-sharing will be higher if the eligible entity develops a resilience improvement plan (or is in a state or area served by MPO that does) and the state or MPO incorporates it into its long-range transportation plan.
Contact PROTECTdiscretionary@dot.gov for more information.
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