General Grant Program Information
Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (or RAISE) program provides funding for capital investments in surface transportation that will have a significant local or regional impact.
A Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is required for this grant program. For more information about BCAs, see What Is a BCA? and the USDOT's Benefit-Cost Analysis Guidance for Discretionary Grants.
Eligible applicants for RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants are:
- States and the District of Columbia;
- Any territory or possession of the United States;
- A unit of local government;
- A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States;
- A special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority;
- A federally recognized Indian Tribe or a consortium of such Indian Tribes;
- A transit agency; and
- A multi-State or multijurisdictional group of entities.
In addition to projects located in the United States, eligible projects for RAISE grants include projects that are necessary for reconstruction of the Alaska Highway from the Alaskan border at Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory, to Haines Junction in Canada and the Haines Cutoff Highway from Haines Junction in Canada to Haines, Alaska, as provided in 23 U.S.C. 218.
Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and must identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact. Each project party in a joint application must be an eligible applicant. Joint applications must include a description of the roles and responsibilities of each project party and must be signed by each project party.
Eligible projects for RAISE grants are:
- Highway, bridge, or other road projects eligible under Title 23, United States Code;
- Public transportation projects eligible under Chapter 53 of Title 49, United States Code;
- Passenger and freight rail transportation projects;
- Port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry);
- The surface transportation components of an airport project eligible for assistance under part B of subtitle VII (see FAQ # 10 for details);
- Intermodal projects;
- Projects to replace or rehabilitate a culvert or prevent stormwater runoff for the purpose of improving habitat for aquatic species while advancing the goals of the RAISE program;
- Projects investing in surface transportation facilities that are located on Tribal land and for which title or maintenance responsibility is vested in the Federal Government; and
- Any other surface transportation infrastructure project that the Secretary considers to be necessary to advance the goals of the program.
The Department will review Merit Criteria for all applications and will then review Project Readiness and Economic Analysis only for a subset of projects determined by the Merit Criteria ratings. Project Readiness consists of a Technical Capacity, Environmental Risk Assessment, and Financial Completeness Assessment.
The Merit Criteria are safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, mobility and community connectivity, economic competitiveness and opportunity, state of good repair, innovation, and partnership and collaboration. For each merit criterion, the Department will consider whether the benefits are clear, direct, and data driven, which will result in a rating of “high, “medium,” “low,” or “non-responsive.” Specific considerations for each merit criterion are described in the rating rubric in Section E of the NOFO.
For capital projects located in urban areas, the minimum award is $5 million.
For capital projects located in rural areas, the minimum award is $1 million.
Planning projects do NOT have a minimum award size.
The maximum grant award is $25 million.
Federal Cost Share
The Federal cost share may not exceed 80% for urban projects that are NOT either located in an Area of Persistent Poverty or a Historically Disadvantaged Community.
However, Federal cost share may exceed 80% for projects that are rural, or located in an Area of Persistent Poverty, or located in a Historically Disadvantaged Community.
Please see the FY 2024 RAISE Application FAQs for more information.
RAISE Program Manager
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