National Infrastructure Investments


BUILD Transportation grants are for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure to a State, local, or Tribal governments, including U.S. territories, tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multijurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant on a competitive basis for surface transportation projects (including, but not limited to: (1) Highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code; (2) public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; (3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects; and (4) port infrastructure investments) that will have a significant local or regional impact.

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 2016 The program will continue to fund transit, railroad, road, bicycle/pedestrian, and port projects. The Secretary awarded approximately $484.4 million to fund 40 transportation projects across the nation.
Fiscal Year 2017 The Department has obligated funding for 8 projects since July 29, 2016 and anticipates the remaining 32 projects will be obligated on or before September 30, 2019.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 2018, the Department received 851 eligible applications requesting $10.9 billion and awarded 92 projects.
Public Law 116-6
Division G of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. 116-6, February 15, 2019) (“FY 2019 Appropriations Act”) appropriated $900 million to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) for National Infrastructure Investments. Similar appropriations were enacted in each fiscal year from 2010 through 2018.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible Applicants for BUILD Transportation grants are State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and must identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact and also identify the primary recipient of the award. Each applicant in a joint application must be an Eligible Applicant. Joint applications must include a description of the roles and responsibilities of each applicant and must be signed by each applicant.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Applicants must have a DUNS number, be registered with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and be registered with
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application period is closed.
Award Procedure
DOT awarded TIGER Discretionary Grants to projects that were well-aligned with one or more of the selection criteria and that satisfied the statutory distributional requirements while remaining as consistent as possible with the competitive ratings.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
TIGER Discretionary Grants were awarded based on competitive evaluation.
How may assistance be used?
BUILD Transportation grants may be used to fund surface transportation capital projects that include, but are not limited to: (1) highway, bridge, or other road projects eligible under title 23, United States Code; (2) public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; (3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects; (4) port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry); and (5) intermodal projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Grantees will provide information on the performance outcomes of the capital investments they make with TIGER funds.
Not applicable.
Grantees will be required to keep all project accounts and records that fully disclose the amount and disposition by the Grantee of the proceeds of the grant, the total cost of the project in connection with which the grant is given or used, and the amount or nature of that portion of the cost of the project supplied by other sources, and such other financial records pertinent to the project. The accounts and records shall be kept in accordance with an accounting system that will facilitate an effective audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act of 1984, as amended (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 20%. This program has matching requirements. The Federal share of the costs for which an expenditure is made under this program may be up to 80 percent, however, the Department may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent for projects located in rural areas. the Department will give priority to projects for which Federal funding is required to complete an overall financing package and projects can increase their competitiveness by demonstrating significant non-Federal contributions. Additionally, not more than 25 percent of the funds made available under this program will be awarded to projects in a single State.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Fiscal year 2019 funds available under this program are available for obligation through September 30, 2021, and, if properly obligated before that date, expenditure through September 30, 2026. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Reimbursement. Reimbursement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Howard Hill
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590 US
Phone: (202) 366-0301
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$1,500,000,000.00; FY 19 est $900,000,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$484,400,000.00; FY 16$484,400,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2020 (President's Budget Request): $1 billion FY 2018 (enacted): $1.5 billion FY 2017 (enacted): $500 million FY 2016 (enacted): $500 million In FY2019, individual BUILD Transportation grants are between $5,000,000 and $25,000,000 for projects located in an urbanized area and between $1,000,000 and $25,000,000 for projects located in a rural area
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 The program will continue to fund transit, railroad, road, bicycle/pedestrian, and port projects. On July 29, 2016, Secretary Anthony Foxx awarded approximately $484.4 million for 40 projects across the nation. For example, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the I-579 Cap Urban Connector Project will receive $19 million to construct a cap over a below grade portion of Interstate 579 in downtown Pittsburgh. The cap will reconnect the Hill District to downtown Pittsburgh, more than 60 years after highway and arena construction razed a middle income African American community. The project includes improvements to nearby streets, sidewalks, and crosswalks, a new bus stop, bike-sharing station, and ADA-compliant walkways. It also will create open space for transportation and recreation. The City of Brownsville, Texas will receive $10 million to rehabilitate a regional bus maintenance facility which will also serve as a new passenger transfer station, purchase eight hybrid transit replacement buses, and renovate bus stops to include sidewalks, curb ramps, and benches. The grant will also fund an innovative 2.4-mile long causeway which will be one of the longest dedicated pedestrian/bike bridge facilities of its kind in the United States and the first of its kind in Texas. Several TIGER 2016 grants also went to projects supporting the movement of freight to boost economic competitiveness. These include $6.2 million for an inland port in Little Rock, Arkansas, $17.7 million for a highway freight interchange in Scott County, Minnesota, and $9.8 million for a rural freight project that crosses the South Carolina/North Carolina border.
Fiscal Year 2017 The program funded intermodal transit, railroad, road, bicycle/pedestrian, and port projects.
Fiscal Year 2018 Previously awarded surface transportation projects include, but are not limited to, bridge and road rehabilitation, repair or replacement; berth construction; transit station improvements; connected vehicle infrastructure; or rail rehabilitation. More information about FY 2018 awarded projects is available here:


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