PROTECT provides grant funding for cities to advance climate resilience projects for surface transportation systems, highways, public transportation, ports, and intercity passenger rail. Funding will also minimize damage and disruptions to the transportation system, enhance public safety, and promote climate and racial equity by addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities that are particularly impacted by hazards. Download the grant summary here.

Bootcamp Structure


Peer Learning Sessions (Webinars): Interactive sessions featuring Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on the policy and grant approach, followed by smaller sessions for peer discussions

Coaching Sessions: Smaller sessions that continue to build on specific application questions identified in the peer learning session

Office Hours (Consultant Meetings): Support in the form of designated time slots with our SMEs and your team to address specific questions about your grant application


Navigator Team: Our Navigator team is available to help answer the following kinds of questions:

  • Bootcamp timelines
  • Bootcamp schedules
  • Participation expectations

Our Navigator for this grant is Whitney Young. She can be reached at

Prepare for Success

Download the full outline of the bootcamp schedule, goals, and key steps to ensure you are ready to attend the following courses and successfully prepare and submit your grant application.

Modules and Resources

Module 1

Setting the Table

Cities will be introduced to the funding program and its criteria and hear from federal administration speakers.

View the Module 1 Peer Learning Session
Download the Module 1 Slide Deck

Module 2

Federal Administration Priorities

Cities will also be able to incorporate climate, equity, and training and workforce development into their grant applications and demonstrate that they are willing to raise their ambitions in these priority areas. Cities will learn how to start the PROTECT application process.

View the Module 2 Peer Learning Session
Download the Module 2 Slide Deck

Module 3

Incorporating Data

Cities will understand application data requirements; general data principles and uses; how to apply data tools to assess local framework and to support a transformational agenda.

View the Module 3 Peer Learning Session
Download the Module 3 Slide Deck

Additional Resources

Federal Grant Navigation Equity Dashboard
Building a Community Narrative Worksheet

Module 4

Engaging the Community

Cities will be able to draft Community Engagement and Advocacy Strategies and understand the audience for advocacy and project strategies.

View the Module 4 Peer Learning Session
Download the Module 4 Slide Deck

Module 5

Demystifying Capital Stacks & Budgeting

Cities will understand the basics of capital stacks and funding structures for projects; possible matching grant requirements and allowable uses; and applying this understanding towards developing a draft project budget with matching sources and potential new sources of funding.

View the Module 5 Peer Learning Session
Download the Module 5 Slide Deck

Module 6

Writing and Packaging a Strong Grant

Cities will understand how to produce a compelling grant narrative and package grant documents and supporting materials consistent with the funding opportunity requirements.

View the Module 6 Peer Learning Session
Download the Module 6 Slide Deck

Module 7

Post Submission: Long Term Capacity Building

Once the applications have been submitted, cities develop plans to successfully administer the grant including how best to (re)-organize local institutional processes.

❯  Register for Coaching Session

    • Tuesday, May 7:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

❯  Register for 1-on-1 Consultation

View the Module 7 Peer Learning Session
Download the Module 7 Slide Deck

Bootcamp Calendar