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USDOT Discretionary Grant Funding Matrix

USDOT has a variety of competitive discretionary grant programs used to fund various types of transportation projects and activities. The matrices shown on the following pages illustrate these programs broadly, organized by applicant type and project activities. After considering the summary information in this toolkit, potential applicants should review program-specific guidance to make informed decisions about each program.

How to use the USDOT Discretionary Grant Funding Matrix

1. Identify the type of applicant interested in grant funding and refer to the applicable matrix. Each matrix lists grant programs (rows), which can be matched with the type of activities (columns) the project hopes to fund. Applicants are grouped into six categories:

2. Review the list of programs applicable to that applicant type and project activity. To obtain more information on each program, either click on the program name to be taken to the relevant website or find the corresponding program in the “USDOT Mode and Resource Descriptions” section of this toolkit. This section contains additional information about each program, including specific criteria or language related to rural applicants or projects.

3. Reach out to the USDOT program point of contact with questions about the application process or eligibility. Program points of contact should be available on the program websites linked in the matrix or the Grants.gov opportunity.

4. Review program application requirements and proceed with the application process. Consider the “Maximizing Award Success” section of this toolkit for additional guidance related to compiling an application.

5. Monitor updates on Grants.gov after submission and respond to any clarifying questions from the USDOT program point of contact.

 

State Governments, Agencies, and Authorities

 

PLANNING
(Includes project design, site assessments, environmental reviews and/or analysis)

CONSTRUCTION
(Includes asset and facility development, repair, replacement, rehabilitation, and/or expansion)

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS 
(Includes acquisition, purchase, and/or leasing of vehicles and machinery)
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
(Includes program management expenses, system management and performance, and compliance)
TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS AND DEPLOYMENT
(Includes installations and system integration)
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, WORKFORCE 
DEVELOPMENT, AND TRAINING
(
Includes skills development, public awareness campaigns, and information sharing)
 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
(Includes prototyping, testing, and modeling)

Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants (page 35) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants (page 35)   Checkmark          
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstrations (page 42)
 
Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark   Checkmark    
Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) (page 42)         Checkmark    
Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (page 42)   Checkmark          
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) Financial Assistance Program (page 46)              
Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Training Program (page 46)              
High Priority Program – Commercial Motor Vehicles (HP-CMV) (page 46) Checkmark            
High Priority Program – Innovative Technology Deployment (HP-ITD) (page 47)              
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) (page 49) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark        
Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair (page 49)   Checkmark Checkmark        
Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant (page 49)              
Restoration and Enhancement Grants  (page 50)              
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant Program (page 53)  Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark        
Capital Investment Grants (CIG) (page 53) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark        
Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Pilot Program (ICAM) – Mobility for All (page 53) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark        
Low or No Emission Grant Program (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark        
Passenger Ferry Grant Program (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark        
Maritime Administration (MARAD) America’s Marine Highway Grants (page 58)   Checkmark Checkmark        
Port Infrastructure Development Program (page 58)   Checkmark Checkmark        
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 911 Grant Program (page 62)              
State Notification to Consumers of Motor Vehicle Recall Status (page 62)              
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grants (HMEP) (page 65) Checkmark   Checkmark        
One-Call Notification Systems Grants (page 66)              
State Damage Prevention Program Grants (SDPP) (page 66)     Checkmark        

 

Tribal Governments

 

PLANNING
(Includes project design, site assessments, environmental reviews and/or analysis)

CONSTRUCTION
(Includes asset and facility development, repair, replacement, rehabilitation, and/or expansion)

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS 
(Includes acquisition, purchase, and/or leasing of vehicles and machinery)
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
(Includes program management expenses, system management and performance, and compliance)
TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS AND DEPLOYMENT
(Includes installations and system integration)
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, WORKFORCE 
DEVELOPMENT, AND TRAINING
(
Includes skills development, public awareness campaigns, and information sharing)
 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
(Includes prototyping, testing, and modeling)

Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)
Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants (page 35) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants (page 35)   Checkmark          
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstrations (page 42)
 
Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark   Checkmark    
Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (page 42)   Checkmark          
Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) (page 43) Checkmark Checkmark          
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) Financial Assistance Program (page 46)           Checkmark  
High Priority Program – Commercial Motor Vehicles (HP-CMV) (page 46) Checkmark         Checkmark  
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant Program (page 53) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Low or No Emission Grant Program (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Public Transportation on Indian Reservations (Tribal Transit) (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Restoration and Enhancement Grants  (page 50)              
Maritime Administration (MARAD)
America’s Marine Highway Grants (page 58)   Checkmark Checkmark        
Port Infrastructure Development Program (page 58)   Checkmark Checkmark        
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
911 Grant Program (page 62)              
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) (page 67)              

 

Local and Government Agencies

 

PLANNING
(Includes project design, site assessments, environmental reviews and/or analysis)

CONSTRUCTION
(Includes asset and facility development, repair, replacement, rehabilitation, and/or expansion)

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS 
(Includes acquisition, purchase, and/or leasing of vehicles and machinery)
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
(Includes program management expenses, system management and performance, and compliance)
TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS AND DEPLOYMENT
(Includes installations and system integration)
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, WORKFORCE 
DEVELOPMENT, AND TRAINING
(
Includes skills development, public awareness campaigns, and information sharing)
 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
(Includes prototyping, testing, and modeling)

Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)
Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants (page 35) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants (page 35)   Checkmark          
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) (page 42)         Checkmark    
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) Financial Assistance Program (page 46)       Checkmark   Checkmark  
Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Training Program (page 46)           Checkmark  
High Priority Program – Commercial Motor Vehicles (HP-CMV) (page 46) Checkmark     Checkmark   Checkmark  
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) (page 49) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark Checkmark
Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair (page 49)   Checkmark Checkmark        
Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant (page 49)           Checkmark  
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant Program (page 53)  Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Capital Investment Grants (CIG) (page 53) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark        
Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Pilot Program (ICAM) – Mobility for All (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Low or No Emission Grant Program (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Passenger Ferry Grant Program (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Maritime Administration (MARAD)
America’s Marine Highway Grants (page 58)   Checkmark Checkmark        
Port Infrastructure Development Program (page 58)   Checkmark Checkmark        
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) (page 67)           Checkmark  

 

Transportation Providers and Operators

 

PLANNING
(Includes project design, site assessments, environmental reviews and/or analysis)

CONSTRUCTION
(Includes asset and facility development, repair, replacement, rehabilitation, and/or expansion)

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS 
(Includes acquisition, purchase, and/or leasing of vehicles and machinery)
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
(Includes program management expenses, system management and performance, and compliance)
TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS AND DEPLOYMENT
(Includes installations and system integration)
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, WORKFORCE 
DEVELOPMENT, AND TRAINING
(
Includes skills development, public awareness campaigns, and information sharing)
 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
(Includes prototyping, testing, and modeling)

Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)
Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants (page 35) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants (page 35)   Checkmark          
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Airport Improvement Program (AIP) (page 38)   Checkmark          
Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Supplemental Grant Funding (page 38)   Checkmark          
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) (page 49) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark Checkmark
Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair (page 49)   Checkmark Checkmark        
Restoration and Enhancement Grants  (page 50)       Checkmark      
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant Program (page 53)  Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Capital Investment Grants (CIG) (page 53) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark        
Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Pilot Program (ICAM) – Mobility for All (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Low or No Emission Grant Program (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Passenger Ferry Grant Program (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Maritime Administration (MARAD)
America’s Marine Highway Grants (page 58)   Checkmark Checkmark        
Assistance to Small Shipyards Grant Program (page 58)   Checkmark       Checkmark  
Port Infrastructure Development Program (page 58)   Checkmark Checkmark        

 

Non-profit Organizations

 

PLANNING
(Includes project design, site assessments, environmental reviews and/or analysis)

CONSTRUCTION
(Includes asset and facility development, repair, replacement, rehabilitation, and/or expansion)

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS 
(Includes acquisition, purchase, and/or leasing of vehicles and machinery)
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
(Includes program management expenses, system management and performance, and compliance)
TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS AND DEPLOYMENT
(Includes installations and system integration)
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, WORKFORCE 
DEVELOPMENT, AND TRAINING
(
Includes skills development, public awareness campaigns, and information sharing)
 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
(Includes prototyping, testing, and modeling)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
High Priority Program – Commercial Motor Vehicles (HP-CMV) (page 46) Checkmark     Checkmark   Checkmark  
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) (page 49) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark Checkmark
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant Program (page 53)  Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Pilot Program (ICAM) – Mobility for All (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Low or No Emission Grant Program (page 54) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark  
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) (page 65)     Checkmark     Checkmark  
Community Safety Grants (page 65)     Checkmark     Checkmark  
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grants (HMEP) (page 66)     Checkmark     Checkmark  
Supplemental Public Sector Training Grants (SPST) (page 67)     Checkmark     Checkmark  
Technical Assistance Grants (page 67)           Checkmark  

 

Academic and Research Institutions

 

PLANNING
(Includes project design, site assessments, environmental reviews and/or analysis)

CONSTRUCTION
(Includes asset and facility development, repair, replacement, rehabilitation, and/or expansion)

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS 
(Includes acquisition, purchase, and/or leasing of vehicles and machinery)
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
(Includes program management expenses, system management and performance, and compliance)
TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS AND DEPLOYMENT
(Includes installations and system integration)
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, WORKFORCE 
DEVELOPMENT, AND TRAINING
(
Includes skills development, public awareness campaigns, and information sharing)
 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
(Includes prototyping, testing, and modeling)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Training Program (page 46)           Checkmark  
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) (page 49) Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark     Checkmark Checkmark
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP) (page 65)             Checkmark
Last updated: Friday, August 7, 2020