TIGER Grant Program Funding Available

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On January 17th, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. The bill funds much of the federal government for fiscal year 2014 activities, including a $600 million authorization for National Infrastructure Investments, referred to by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants.

The TIGER Discretionary Grant program provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Since 2009, Congress has dedicated more than $4.1 billion for six rounds to fund projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a region or a metropolitan area.

The TIGER program enables DOT to examine a broad array of projects on their merits, to help ensure that taxpayers are getting the highest value for every dollar invested. In each round of TIGER, DOT receives many applications to build and repair critical pieces of our freight and passenger transportation networks. Applicants must detail the benefits their project would deliver for five long-term outcomes: safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, livability and environmental sustainability.

Application Deadline

You must submit final applications through GRANT.GOV, http://www.grants.govby April 28, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

The GRANT.GOV “Apply” function will open on April 3, 2014, allowing applicants to submit applications. You are strongly encouraged to submit applications in advance of the deadline. Please be aware that you must complete the registration process before submitting an application, and that this process usually takes 2-4 weeks to complete. If interested parties experience difficulties at any point during the registration or application process, please call the GRANTS.GOV Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726, Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT.

Upcoming TIGER webinars

In anticipation of the opening of Grants.gov for the receipt of final applications, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is offering a series of special topic webinars that delve into various aspects of the TIGER application process. These webinars will be a great resource for anyone either considering applying to TIGER this year or actually preparing a TIGER application, as the webinars come from the funding source and share the expertise of USDOT to prospective applicants.

All interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend. There are no registration fees for these sessions, but SPACE IS LIMITED. Advance registration is required and available by clicking on the webinar topic listed below:

March 12th – How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants

March 19th – Preparing a TIGER Planning Grant Application

March 26th – Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for a TIGER Discretionary Grant

For updates including the upcoming Notice of Funding Availability, 2014 Webinar Series, and applicant instructions, please use this link at http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/TIGER%202014%20NOFA_FINAL.pdf. Prospective applicants are encouraged to look through Frequently Asked Questions, past webinars, and other guidance by clicking TIGER 2014 on the left side of the above-mentioned web page.

For further information, contact Region 10’s Ken Feldman at 206-220-7521 or email kenneth.feldman@dot.gov.


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R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator