Alcohol Impaired Driving Countermeasures Incentive Grants I


To encourage States to adopt effective programs to reduce crashes resulting from persons driving while under the influence of alcohol.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2004, Section 2007, Public Law 109-59, 23 U.S.C. 410
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. States are provided with two alternative means to qualify for a Section 410 grant. Under the first alternative, States may qualify as a low fatality rate State if they have an alcohol-related fatality rate of 0.5 or less per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Under the second alternative, States may qualify as a programmatic State if they demonstrate that they meet three of eight grant criteria for fiscal year 2006, four of eight grant criteria for fiscal year 2007, and five of eight grant criteria for fiscal years 2008, 2009 And for the remainder of the current authorization. Qualifying under both alternatives would not entitle the State to receive additional grant funds. SAFETEA-LU directs that States with low alcohol-related fatality rates, based on the agency's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), be awarded grants without the need to satisfy any of these programmatic criteria. There is also an additional Section 410 grant available to assist the 10 States with the highest impaired driving related fatalities as determined by the most recent FARS data. A High fatallty rate State may also apply as a programmatic State.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State Highway Safety Agency.
State submits certification and application that it meets eligibility requirements; after being informed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is eligible for a grant, the State describes the programs it will implement and fund in the Annual Highway Safety Plan.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. States submit information reflecting its eligibility for the award based on criteria for which it is applying. NHTSA reviews the information to determine eligibility. If the State is deemed eligible to receive an award, the Regional office will notify it and will also receive official award letters from NHTSA Administrator. Release of grant funds shall be subject to the availability of funds for that fiscal year. No new funds have been awarded.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. High Fatality Rate States only must submit a plan for grant expenditures with the application.
Award Procedure
The State submits information that reflects its eligibility for the award based on the criteria for which it is applying. NHTSA staff review the information to determine the eligibility of the State. If the State is deemed eligible to receive an award, it will be notified by the Region and will also receive an official letter of award from the NHTSA Administrator. The release of grant funds shall be subject to the availability of funds for that fiscal year.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Applicants receive a response, from the agency, between 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
States were eligible for up to 4 years under the 410 program or until the end of the current authorization. Certification and plan had to be approved each year. This program has ended and no new funds are available.
How are proposals selected?
States must meet a certain number of criteria established by statute and regulation each year including, for example, prompt license suspension for drunk driving, mandatory sentencing for repeat drunk driving offenders and self-sustaining drunk driving prevention programs, improvement in Blood Alcohol Content (BAC ) testing rates, an increase in the number of DWI courts and improvements in statewide high visibility enforcement coverage.
How may assistance be used?
Incentive grant funds are available to States to implement effective programs to reduce drunk and drugged driving, in compliance with established criteria.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Records relating to the program shall be retained for a period not less than 3 years from the date of submission of final financial report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 23 CFR Chapter 4 Part 1313

Matching is voluntary. The first and second year of the grant the States provided a 25% match. For the third and fourth year the States provided a 50% match and for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth year the States provided a 75% match.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Federal share was reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants were converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regional office addresses.
Headquarters Office
Jamie D. Pfister
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NRO-010
Washington, DC 20590 US
Phone: (202) 366-5424
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (with Formula Distribution)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 FY 17$0.00; FY 16$143,717,499.00; - $ 4,933,409.21 of SAFETEA-LU funds.(Project Grants (with Formula Distribution)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$972,388 to $17,973,219
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
23 CFR Chapter 4 Part 1313.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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