Support Mechanisms for Disadvantaged Businesses


To develop support mechanisms, including liaison and assistance programs, that will provide outreach and referrals for technical assistance to small disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) to successfully compete on transportation-related contracts. Recipients will provide a communications network link between the Department of Transportation; its grantees, recipients, contractors, subcontractors; and minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) in order to increase their participation in existing DOT programs and DOT funded projects.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 05/01/2006 (no longer being funded)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2002 seven new cooperative agreements will be funded.
Public Law 97-449, 49 U.S.C. 332, 96 Stat. 2428.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Established 501 C(6) tax-exempt Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations, Business Organizations, and For-Profit entities, which have the documented experience and capacity necessary to successfully operate and administer a coordinated, regional liaison outreach effort within a region of the United States.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Small businesses (minority and non- minority), socially and economically disadvantaged persons, and businesses which are owned and operated by women.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Consultation and assistance available at the OSDBU, Minority Business Resource Center. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Application proposal forwarded to Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure
A review panel will review and score each application based upon the evaluation criteria included in the announcement. Final decisions on acceptance are made by the Director, OSDBU. The Director, OSDBU, notifies successful applicants by letter.
As announced within individual "Request for Application/Proposals."
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
As described in each announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance under this section may be given for projects which respond to needs as outlined in each respective program request for proposal. Assistance must provide a special level of effort or service in outreach, technical assistance, information dissemination and linkage to governmental entities. Also provide support for Department Short Term Lending & Bonding Assistance to certified minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program and fiscal reports, as described in each award. A final report is required after completion of the agreement.
DOT's Inspector General and the Comptroller General of the United States may at all reasonable times investigate and audit in the offices of the grantee all documents, papers, books and records, relevant to the execution and implementation of the conditions of this agreement.
Recipient is required to retain all documents, files, books, and records relevant to the execution and implementation of then conditions of this agreement for a period of not less than 3 years, except, if any litigation, dispute, exception, or audit is commenced, the records and other materials shall be retained until the litigation, dispute, exception, or audit is judicially or administratively made final.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are generally made for a minimum of 12 months. Extensions over a longer period are possible, contingent upon the needs of the OSDBU. Disbursements are made in partial payments based on activities successfully performed.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, S-40, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone (202) 366-1930. Toll-free (800) 532- 1169.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 02 $1,100,500; FY 03 $1,100,000; and FY 04 est $1,100,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average $134,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not yet available.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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