General Grant Program Information
Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program (Rural) supports projects that will improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas to increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, generate regional economic growth, and improve quality of life.
Eligible uses include highway, bridge, tunnel, or highway freight projects eligible under the National Highway Performance Program, Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, or the Tribal Transportation Program, highway safety improvement projects, and projects on a publicly owned highway or bridge that improve access to an agricultural, commercial, energy, or intermodal facility, as well as integrated mobility management systems, transportation demand management system, or on-demand mobility services.
To help streamline the process for applicants, USDOT has combined the three applications for the Mega, INFRA, and Rural programs into the one common application under the Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant (MPDG) opportunity.
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 applicants include the following:
- A State
- A regional transportation planning organization
- A unit of local government
- A tribal government or a consortium of tribal governments
- A multijurisdictional group of entities above
Eligible uses include:
- A highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under National Highway Performance Program
- A highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under Surface Transportation Block Grant
- A highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under Tribal Transportation Program
- A highway freight project eligible under National Highway Freight Program
- A highway safety improvement project, including a project to improve a high risk rural road as defined by the Highway Safety Improvement Program
- A project on a publicly -owned highway or bridge that provides or increases access to an agricultural, commercial, energy, or intermodal facility that supports the economy of a rural area
- A project to develop, establish, or maintain an integrated mobility management system, a transportation demand management system, or on-demand mobility services
See the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program webpage for important funding information.
The Dashboard provides users with a high-level overview of relevant Federal discretionary grant programs. The information in the Dashboard is maintained as a secondary resource and may not be updated with the most recent changes to each program's primary guidance materials. Accordingly, please refer to the Federal grant-making agency for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on a grant opportunity in the Dashboard.
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