Border Enforcement Grants


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration?s objective is to ensure motor carriers operating commercial vehicles entering the United States from a foreign country are in compliance with commercial vehicle safety standards and regulations, financial responsibility regulations and registration requirements of the United States, and to ensure drivers of those vehicles are qualified and properly licenses to operate the commercial vehicle. The Border Enforcement Grant program purpose has been incorporated into the FMCSA Motor Carrier Safety Assistance formula grant program and the FMCSA High Priority grant program due to changes in FMCSA?s authorization under the Fixing America?s Surface Transportation Act (Pub. L. No. ? 114-94, ?? 5101(a) and 5101(c) (2015), 49 U.S.C. ?? 31102(a)-(k), 31104 (2016), as amended). Awards are no longer being made under this CFDA; however, pre-existing grants will remain active until project completion and/or period of performance on the individual grant agreements expires. For more information on this change, visit FMCSA CFDA number 20.218.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Motor Carrier Safety, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 The FMCSA provided BEG funds to ensure that motor carriers and drivers operating CMVs in international commerce (primarily those entering the United States from a foreign country) are in compliance with U.S. CMV safety standards and regulations, financial responsibility regulations, registration requirements, and that the drivers of those vehicles are qualified and properly licensed to operate a CMV in the United States. In FY 2016 $32,000,000 grants were awarded to 15 States for inspections of international carriers of commerce, with 229,213 inspections on motor carriers conducted.
Fiscal Year 2018 Starting in FY 2017, the BEG was consolidated into the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSP) formula grant and will no longer exist as a stand-alone grant program.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, Public Law 112-141ยงยง 32603(c), 49 U.S.C. 31107, Statute 126,405,807
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Entities and States that share a land border with a foreign country.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States that share a land border with a foreign country (Entities and Accredited public institutions of higher education). The States of Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Washington, and entities and local governments within these enumerated States are eligible to receive funding.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Pre-application coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. File the complete application SF-424, SF-424A and SF424B form, a certification that the State meets all eligibility requirements and a State Border Enforcement Plan, electronically through Information on how to register with and file an application using is available at
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. File the SF-424 and SF424A forms, a certification that the State meets all eligibility requirements, and a State Border Enforcement Plan with
Award Procedure
The amount of the award to a qualifying applicant will be based on a panel review of all applications received, recommendations of the panel, and funding availability. The panel will prioritize funding request based on the State or entity's performance on previous BEG awards; their ability to expend the awarded funds within the BEG performance year; and, national criteria established by the FMCSA as follows: oIncreasing the number of inspections of motorcoaches engaged in international commerce (travel). FMCSA previously established a goal for this effort to be a minimum of five percent of the total BEG inspections to be conducted at or within the commercial zones of international crossings. For FY 2014, FMCSA encourages States examine their data on international motorcoach activity and to use that data to establish reasonable goals that will result in an increase of motorcoach-focused activities. In the application, States must substantiate the goals set and provide the data (or data source references). oIncreasing the number of Level 1 and 2 inspections supported by BEG funds. Level 3 inspections are strongly discouraged as part of BEG-supported strategies. Level V inspections are not permitted with BEG funds. oTargeting CMV inspections within corridors where the data indicate that there are a high number of crashes involving vehicles engaged in international commerce. oImproving the capability to conduct CMV safety inspections at remote and other sites near the Canadian and Mexican borders. If included, the application should establish a data-driven reason why non-fixed location inspections will increase the likelihood of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving vehicles engaged in international commerce. oOther activities or initiatives designed to improve the compliance of CMVs, drivers, and carriers entering the U.S. from Canada or Mexico.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. 120 days.
Not applicable.
Eligible applicants must submit a new grant application to receive additional funding.
How are proposals selected?
1. Addresses the program's national priorities and demonstrates knowledge of the program and potential barriers to successfully meeting those priorities. 2. Defines specific, measurable, and feasible program goals and objectives. 3. Outlines activities and accompanying timelines to achieve the project's goals. 4. Defines a plan to monitor the effective implementation of the strategies and plans to document the project outcomes. 5. Documents infrastructure and other organizational information to demonstrate an ability to perform the activities proposed in the application. 6. Includes proposed costs that are allocable, allowable, reasonable, and necessary. 7. Addresses program-specific requirements established in the Notice of Funding Availability
How may assistance be used?
Assistance is provided to entities and States that share a land border with another country for carrying out border commercial motor vehicle safety programs and related enforcement activities and projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: All grantors and grantees with sub-grantees must complete performance monitoring and financial monitoring and document the monitoring observations. Monitoring activities should include discussing meeting performance measures and goals and discussions of financial expenditure usage and expense rate to ensure awarded funds are expended in accordance with governing regulations.
No additional audit information is required.
Records of all programs activities covered in the State's Border Enforcement Plan must be kept for three years after the grant is closed.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The amounts made available under the Border Enforcement Grants Program shall remain available for expenditure for the fiscal year in which they are allocated and for the next fiscal year. Amounts not expended by a State during those two fiscal years are available to the Secretary for reallocation. Lump sum or based on funds available based upon agency authorization including a continuing resolution
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Division Office of FMCSA as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Lisa Ensley
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590 US
Phone: 202-366-1736
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17 est $0.00; FY 16$32,000,000.00; - Awards are no longer being made under this CFDA; however, pre-existing grants will remain active until project completion and/or period of performance on the individual grant agreements expires.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For Border Enforcement awards ranged from $22,000.00 to $18,000,000.00.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
49 CFR 1.48; 49 CFR 350; 49 CFR 350-399; 49 CFR 100-180; 49 CFR 18. Publications available through the Government Printing Office $14-$27 per volume.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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