On September 6th, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a new round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant funding, totaling $500 million. These competitive grants, appropriated as part of the FY 2017 budget year, will have an application deadline of October 16. TIGER grants, originally introduced as part of the 2009 economic recovery package legislation (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), have contributed over $4 billion for transportation related projects since its inception.
As part of the rollout of this new funding, DOT will be hosting two webinars to assist in the completion of TIGER applications. These webinars will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 19. To register, please visit the TIGER Webinar Series webpage. DOT says additional webinars will be held, but have not released those dates. This new round of grant funding has updated criteria, making these webinars an important source of information and assistance.
In the funding opportunity announcement, DOT states these grants “will give special consideration to projects which emphasize improved access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for communities in rural areas, such as projects that improve infrastructure condition, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity, or facilitate economic growth or competitiveness.” This will provide an opportunity for counties to take advantage of this federal funding partnership in both rural and urban settings.
NACo has and will continue to support transportation grant funding opportunities including TIGER which assist local governments conceive and implement transportation and transportation safety advancements.