The U.S. DOT, Office of the Secretary, has announced the availability of $500 million to fund investments in road, rail, transit, intermodal and port projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. This funding falls under the popular Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery or “TIGER” program.
State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant are eligible to apply for TIGER grants.
Applicants must detail the benefits their project would deliver for five long-term outcomes: safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, quality of life and/or environmental sustainability.
For projects located in urban areas, the minimum award is $10 million; for those located in rural areas, the minimum award is $1 million. The maximum award is $200 million. TIGER grants may be used for up to 80 percent of the costs of a project in an urban area; projects in rural areas are eligible for up to 100 percent federal funding.
TIGER FY 2015 funds are available for obligation until the statutory deadline of September 30, 2017. This extended schedule allows DOT to encourage the submission of applications for complex and multimodal projects that may require longer schedules. Pre-applications must be submitted through https://engage.dot.gov/TIGER by 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 4; final applications are due via Grants.gov by 11:59 EDT on June 5, 2015.