Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program


The Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program will provide Federal financial assistance to highway, bridge, and tunnel projects, highway safety projects, highway freight projects, and integrated mobility management projects, located in rural areas.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 In 2022, DOT awarded 12 projects approximately $272 million out of a pool of approximately 260 applications.
Public Law 117-58
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (Pub. L. 117-58, November 15, 2021) authorized and appropriated $2 billion to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) for Rural Surface Transportation Grant program projects from Fiscal Years 2022-2026.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible Applicants include: States, regional transportation planning organizations, units of local government, Tribal governments or consortia of Tribal governments, or a multi-jurisdictional group of entities described above.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
To submit an application through, applicants must: Obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number; Register with the System Award for Management (SAM) at; Create a username and password; and The E-business Point of Contact (POC) at the applicant's organization must respond to the registration email from and login at to authorize the POC as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Please note that there can only be one AOR per organization. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for this listing will be posted on Applications are solicited through and the publication of a Notice of Funding Opportunity in the Federal Register. Applications must be submitted for each round by the published application deadline. Additional information on Application requirements can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Award Procedure
Rural program funding will be awarded to projects selected by the United States Department of Transportation through a competitive selection process. After an application is selected, the Department will work with the project sponsor to complete the necessary work prior to formally obligating the funding through an obligating agreement. The obligating agreement will establish the terms and conditions of the Rural program award.
August 21, 2023 to August 21, 2023 The deadline for submitting applications to is 11:59:59 pm EDT on August 21, 2023.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The evaluation, selection and notification timeline varies from 4-9 months.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
Eligible projects for Rural grants are: a highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under National Highway Performance Program(23 USC 119); a highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under Surface Transportation Block Grant (23 USC 133); a highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under Tribal Transportation Program (23 USC 202); a highway freight project eligible under National Highway Freight Program(23 USC 167); a highway safety improvement project, including a project to improve a high risk rural road as defined by the Highway Safety Improvement Program(23 USC 148); a project on a publicly-owned highway or bridge that provides or increases access to an agricultural, commercial, energy, or intermodal facility that supports the economy of a rural area; a project to develop, establish, or maintain an integrated mobility management system, a transportation demand management system, or on-demand mobility services. An eligible entity may bundle 2 or more similar eligible projects under the Rural program that are: included as a bundled project in a statewide transportation improvement program under 23 USC section 135; and are will be awarded to a single contractor or consultant pursuant to a contract for engineering and design or construction between the contractor and the eligible entity. Rural grants may be used for development phase activities, including planning, feasibility analysis, revenue forecasting, environmental review, preliminary engineering and design work, and other preconstruction activities, and construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, acquisition of real property (including land related to the project and improvements to the land), environmental mitigation, construction contingencies, acquisition of equipment, and operational improvements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Any awarding procedures, documentation of expenditures and copies of reports as well as policies and procedures for the life of the grant.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. Rural grants may be used for up to 80 percent of future eligible project costs, except eligible projects that furthers the completion of a designated segment of the Appalachian Development Highway System under section 14501 of title 40 of the United States Code, or addresses a surface transportation infrastructure need identified for the Denali access system program under section 309 of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 may apply for up to 100 percent of the project costs. Other Federal assistance may satisfy the non-Federal share requirement for a Rural grant up to 100 percent of project costs.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Rural program funding is available for obligation for up to 3 years beyond the authorized year of availability. Once obligated, funds are available indefinitely, however, the Department expects recipients to meet the schedule they propose in their application. Funding is made available on a reimbursable basis for work completed on selected and awarded projects.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Paul Baumer
U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590 US
Phone: 2023661092

Robert Hyman
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590 USA
Phone: 2023664544
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$272,000,000.00; FY 23 est $310,000,000.00; FY 24 est $350,000,000.00; - Estimates impacted by the lop-off ratio that impacts Highway Trust Fund allocated programs.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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