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Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) Program

General Grant Program Information

The Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program (RCP) aims to advance and support reconnection of communities divided by transportation infrastructure—with a priority on helping disadvantaged communities improve access to daily needs (jobs, schools, healthcare, grocery stores, and recreation). RCP offers two tracks of grants: planning and construction

For fiscal year (FY) 2023, the Department combined two major discretionary grant programs—the Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) and Neighborhood Access and Equity (NAE) programs—into one Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Together, this combined program is known as the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Program.  

A Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is required for capital projects. For more information about BCAs, see What Is a BCA? and USDOT's Benefit-Cost Analysis Guidance for Discretionary Grants.

Opportunity Status:
Posted Date:
Close Date:
Eligible Applicants:
State Governments; Local Governments; Federally Recognized Tribes and Affiliated Groups; Planning and Project Organizations; Non-profit
Eligible Activities:
Planning; Construction; Technical Assistance, Workforce Development, and Training/Education; Accessibility
Transportation Type:
Bike/Ped Railway Roadway Transit
Most Recent Annual Program Funding Amount:
$185 Million
Annual Award Amount:
$185-195 Million
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Match Waiver:
Grant Opportunity ID:
USDOT / Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)

Eligibility Information

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants for the RCP program include the following: 

RCP Community Planning Grants:

  1. A State;  
  2. A unit of local government; 
  3. A Tribal government; 
  4. A metropolitan planning organization; or 
  5. A non-profit organization.

RCP Capital Construction Grants:

  1. Owner(s) of the eligible facility proposed in the project for which all necessary feasibility studies and other planning activities have been completed; or  
  2. A partnership between a facility owner (#1 above) and any eligible RCP Community Planning Grant applicant. 

See the NOFO for additional details on eligibility.

Eligible Uses

RCP Community Planning Grants:

Eligible planning uses include but are not limited to:

  • Public engagement activities 
  • Planning/feasibility studies 
  • Engineering
  • Traffic studies
  • Capacity measurements 
  • Roadway design
  • Environmental review
  • Impact surveys (e.g., community, mobility, health, economy, workforce, culture)
  • Safety evaluations 
  • Cost estimations
  • Restoration and development proposals

RCP Capital Construction Grants:

Eligible construction uses include:

  • Preliminary and detailed design activities and associated environmental studies
  • Predevelopment/preconstruction
  • Permitting activities (including the NEPA process) 
  • Removal, retrofit, or mitigation of eligible facilities 
  • Replacement of eligible facilities with new facilities that restore community connectivity
  • Delivering community benefits or mitigating the impacts identified through the NEPA process
  • Other planning and project development expenses for the capital construction project

Funding Information

Funds for the FY 2023 RCP grant program are to be awarded on a competitive basis to support planning and capital construction activities that aim to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of highways, roadways, or other infrastructure facilities that create barriers to mobility, access, or economic development. 

The RCP can provide up to $198 million in competitive grants for FY 2023.

Federal cost-sharing for planning grants is 80 percent; applicants must provide the remaining 20 percent using non-federal funds (partial in-kind contributions allowed). The cost-share for construction grants is 50 percent, but applicants may use other federal funds to supplement their contribution for a maximum federal cost-share of 80 percent. 

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Contact Information

Andrew Emanuele

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