RAISE provides investments in road, rail, transit, and port projects to enhance freight and passenger transportation networks. These projects will ultimately strengthen supply chains, reduce bottlenecks, and make local communities safer and more efficient for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Projects might include the development of master plans, zero emissions plans, reducing conflicts in residential areas between freight and traffic, development of port planning, and risk assessments. 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 team for this grant can be reached at: harris@nlc.org and SmithB@nlc.org

Prepare for Success

Download a 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

Orientation and Grant Overview

Cities will be oriented to the funding program.


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.

View the Module 2 Peer Learning Session
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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 Sources, Budget, and Service Contracts

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


View the Module 5 Peer Learning Session
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Module 6

Writing and Packaging a Strong Grant Application

Cities will understand best practices for crafting narratives and will be able to produce a compelling grant narrative consistent with the funding opportunity requirements. Additionally, Cities will understand how to package/submit a complete grant application along with developing a plan to advance the request with key officials. 

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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.

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Bootcamp Calendar