Grant Application Bootcamp

Registration

Thank you for your interest in the Local Infrastructure Hub grant application bootcamp! Before you begin, please take a moment to review the program overview page and FAQs to confirm you meet eligibility requirements. The person who will serve as the primary point of contact / grant lead from your city government should complete this form.

Please note that this form is to understand your interest for the next phase of technical assistance provided by the Hub, during which we will support city applications for five IIJA grant programs. There will be additional technical assistance opportunities in the future for new grants as they are announced by the federal government.

Please note that registration for funding programs is on a first come, first served basis.

Funding Programs

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program

The BEAD program provides $42.45 billion for the expansion of high-speed internet access across all 50 states and territories. BEAD is a multi-year program to expand internet infrastructure where it is most needed, with a priority for underserved locations that either have no internet access or have slow speeds. BEAD funding will be used to plan for and deploy internet infrastructure, install internet service in multi-unit residential buildings, programs that increase internet adoption and digital equity, and workforce development and vocational training.

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) 

The DWSRF is a federal-state program that provides funding and financing to public water systems for drinking water infrastructure projects. In addition to general drinking water projects, the BIL provides funding for local governments to address lead service line replacement and emerging contaminants in drinking water. The DWSRF is administered by states: public or private* community water systems serving at least 15 service connections used by year-round residents, or regularly serves at least 25 year-round residents, and nonprofit non-community water systems (including schools, publicly-owned campgrounds, parks, and churches) are eligible for funding.  *Note that some states do not fund private systems.

Railroad Crossing Elimination (RCE) Program and the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program (Joint Bootcamp)

The RCE and CRISI programs provide funding to improve safety and efficiency for on or near railroads: 

The RCE program provides grants to plan for or implement projects that relocate, separate, and/or otherwise improve safety and mobility of people and goods at railroad crossings. Local governments are eligible for these competitive grants, which provide up to 80% federal funding for eligible projects. 

The CRISI program provides funding for projects that support the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail. This includes safety improvements and safety programs, rail development plans and environmental analysis, as well as capital projects that improve rail crossings or support rail relocation. Projects that enhance multimodal connections with rail service are also eligible for CRISI funding. Local governments are eligible for these competitive grants, which provide up to 80% federal funding for eligible projects.

Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program

The Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program is part of the Inflation Reduction Act. The program aims to reconnect communities divided by existing infrastructure, mitigate negative impacts of transportation facilities or construction projects on communities, and support equitable transportation planning. The Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant will build upon the Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) program that is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (pending final Department of Transportation guidance, which has not been released for this grant).

Bridge Investment Program 

The Bridge Investment Program provides funding to repair bridges in poor condition and bridges in fair condition but at risk of falling into poor condition. Local governments are eligible to apply to all three subsets of the BIP: planning, large bridge projects (project costs greater than $100 million), and other than large projects (project costs less than or equal to $100 million).

Team Member Information

As noted in the program information on the Local Infrastructure Hub website, participating cities will be asked to identify a small team of 3-4 individuals to engage in the bootcamp. For many participating cities, a single person has accounted for multiple roles, but we recommend involving a broader team with specialized expertise to get the most out of the curriculum.

A team would ideally include: 

  • A Mayor or Chief Executive: The Chief Executive will participate in select modules to set goals, review the overall impact of draft grant applications, and implement long term capacity building measures. The expected time commitment for this role is approximately 3 hours total over the approximately 4-month bootcamp duration.
  • A Grant Lead: The grant lead participates in all modules and is the primary point of contact for the city’s team. The expected time commitment for this role is approximately 8-25 hours total throughout the approximately 4-month bootcamp duration. 
  • A Community Engagement Lead: The community engagement lead participates in selective modules to help design community engagement strategies. The expected time commitment for this role is approximately 4-10 hours total over the approximately 4-month bootcamp duration.
  • A Finance Lead: The Finance Lead participates in the budget and capital stacks module. The expected time commitment for this role is approximately 2-6 hours total over the approximately 4-month bootcamp duration.