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Office of the Secretary of Transportation: Key Grant Programs

Nighttime motion blur of lights on a rural highway.Agency Description

The Office of the Secretary of Transportation oversees the formulation of national transportation policy and promotes intermodal transportation through programs and grants which support the USDOT’s mission to deliver the world’s leading transportation system, serving the American people and economy through the safe, efficient, sustainable, and equitable movement of people and goods.

Other responsibilities include negotiating and implementing international transportation agreements; assuring the fitness of U.S. airlines; enforcing airline consumer protection regulations; issuing regulations to prevent alcohol and illegal drug misuse in transportation systems; and preparing transportation legislation.

OST champions the priorities shared by all the USDOT’s modes: to make our transportation system safer for all people, to grow an inclusive and sustainable economy, to reduce inequalities across our transportation systems and the communities they affect, to tackle the climate crisis by ensuring that transportation plays a central role in the solution, to design for the future, and to strengthen our world class organization.

Discretionary Grant Programs

Below are brief descriptions of OST grant programs.

For more information on these opportunities, follow the links in each description, which lead to individual grant program pages in the Grant Applicant Toolkit’s DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard, where you can search federal grant opportunities at USDOT and other federal agencies that can aid communities in meeting their transportation infrastructure needs.

Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program

The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program supports freight and highway projects of national or regional significance to improve multimodal safety, efficiency, and reliability.

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant Program page.

National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) Program

The National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) Program provides funding for large, complex projects that are difficult to fund by other means and likely to generate national or regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits.

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s National Infrastructure Project Assistance Program page.

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE)

The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (or RAISE) program funds capital investments in surface transportation that will have a significant local or regional impact, especially in areas of persistent poverty or historically disadvantaged, overburdened, or underserved communities.

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity page.

Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) Program

The Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program (RCP) funds planning and construction to remove, retrofit, or mitigate transportation facilities such as highways and rail lines that create mobility, access, or economic barriers to community connectivity.

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program page.

Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program

The Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program aims to advance transportation infrastructure projects in rural and Tribal communities by providing early planning financial, technical, and legal advisory services and direct grants to eligible project sponsors.

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program page.

Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program (Rural)

The Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program (Rural) supports projects to improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas, improving connectivity, safety, and economic vitality.

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program page.

Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program

The Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Program funds a range of initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on multimodal roads and streets involving all roadway users.

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Safe Streets and Roads for All Program page.

Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP)

The Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) provides funding to help small communities address air service and airfare issues in the form of grants that are disbursed on a reimbursable basis.

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Small Community Air Service Development Program page.

Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants

The Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) program supports public sector agencies to conduct planning and prototyping demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems.

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation page.

Thriving Communities Program (TCP)

The Thriving Communities Program (TCP) facilitates the planning and development of transportation and community revitalization activities and provides tools to ensure that under-resourced communities can access the historic funding provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s Thriving Communities Program page.

University Transportation Center (UTC) Program 2022-2026 Grants

The University Transportation Center (UTC) Program supports nonprofit institutes of higher education to operate Tier 1, regional, or national University Transportation Centers.

Learn more about this grant opportunity on the DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard’s University Transportation Center Program page.


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