Notice of Funding Availability for Resilience Projects in Response to Hurricane Sandy

Date Posted: 12/26/2013

Closing Date: 3/28/2014

Program: Disaster Prevention and Relief Transportation

FTA Opportunity ID: FTA-2013-006-TPM

Opportunity Announcement Text: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-26/html/2013-30867.htm

Opportunity Announcement PDF: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-26/pdf/2013-30867.pdf

Details:

12/26/2013. Notice of Funding Availability for Resilience Projects in Response to Hurricane Sandy. The program synopsis and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2013-006-TPM. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov website by midnight Eastern Time on March 28, 2014.

SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $3 billion in funds under the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program and the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 for States, local governmental authorities, tribal governments and other FTA recipients impacted by Hurricane Sandy, which affected mid-Atlantic and northeastern states in October 2012. This announcement solicits proposals for resilience projects, defined as those projects designed and built to address current and future vulnerabilities to a public transportation facility or system due to future occurrence or recurrence of emergencies or major disasters that are likely to occur in the geographic area in which the public transportation system is located; or projected changes in development patterns, demographics, or climate change and extreme weather patterns. For the purposes of this notice, “public transportation” may include consideration of intercity passenger rail service. This resilience funding is intended to protect public transportation infrastructure that has been repaired or rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy or that is at risk of being damaged or destroyed by a future natural disaster. These investments reduce the likelihood that U.S. taxpayers are asked to repair the same infrastructure after a future major storm or natural disaster. Furthermore, the activities funded under this notice will help strengthen and build more resilient communities to better withstand future disasters.

Eligible Areas and Applicants: Eligible applicants must be located in or provide public transportation service in one of the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, which are defined as areas for which President Obama declared a major disaster under the Stafford Act in response to Hurricane Sandy. Eligible applicants include (1) States and Indian tribes, (2) local governmental authorities and public transportation agencies that receive funding through FTA formula programs, (3) other entities responsible for an eligible public transportation capital project that enter into a sub-recipient arrangement with an existing FTA grantee, and (4) entities that provide intercity passenger rail service. Projects that involve joint public transit and intercity passenger rail service will be administered under the provisions of (2) or (3) above. Note: Entities that provide public transportation service and are not current recipients of FTA funding are only eligible to receive Emergency Relief funding as a subrecipient of an FTA recipient. These entities should contact the appropriate FTA Regional Office, the contact information for which is available at www.fta.dot.gov, to find a direct FTA recipient in their area to apply on their behalf.

Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424. All applicants must complete the attached supplemental form and attach it to their submission in GRANTS.GOV. Additional attachments must be included in the response, as specified in the NOFA.

FAQs: To be published at www.fta.dot.gov/emergencyrelief.

Dates: An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by midnight Eastern Time on March 28, 2014. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on this NOFA, contact Adam Schildge, Office of Program Management, e-mail: adam.schildge@dot.gov.