Key Upcoming NOFOs from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act
March 6, 2024

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law consists of nearly 400 funding opportunities, and the Inflation Reduction Act also established several additional competitive grant programs that can be used for green-energy infrastructure. At localinfrastructure.org you can find up-to-the moment information about how to apply for these programs to enable your city to win funding and drive positive outcomes for your residents. Below are key Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs), listed in order of when the NOFO is likely to be open (though the window between the NOFO opening and application due date is often uncertain and may in reality span two quarters). Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and the dates are subject to change.

Summary Table

Open NOFOS

 

NOFO Agency Program Description Funding Details

Energy Improvements at Public K-12 School Facilities

(Application deadline is 6/13/2024)

Department of Energy

Investments to make clean energy improvements at K-12 public schools. Funds will position school districts to make upgrades that will lower facilities’ energy costs and foster healthier learning environments for students. 

Program provides $500M in total funding; $178M given out in the first funding round

Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP)

(Applications due 6/17/24)

Federal Highway Administration

Grant funding for active transportation like walking and cycling. Funding is for safe and connected active transportation facilities in active transportation networks or active transportation spines through Planning and Design grants or Construction grants. 

$45M in available funding; at least $3M set aside for Planning and Design grants. 

Electric or Low Emitting Ferry Program and Rural and Passenger Ferry Program (Applications due 6/17/24)

Federal Transit Administration

Competitive funding for purchasing electric or low-emitting ferries or electrification and emissions reduction of existing ferries.

FY 24 funding is $51 million in competitive grants for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program, $49 million for the Low-No Ferry Program, and approximately $216 million for the Rural Ferry Program.

WaterSMART

(Applications for WaterSMART Environmental Water Resources Projects due 6/25/24)

(Applications for WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects due 7/9/24)

(Applications for WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase I Projects due 9/3/2024)

Bureau of Reclamation

A suite of grants for water conservation and efficiency in Western states. Grants provide funds to plan for and implement actions to increase water supply, modernize water infrastructure, and avoid potential water conflicts.

Funding for currently available opportunities: 

  • $5M for WaterSMART Environmental Water Resources Projects
  • $12M for WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects
  • Amount not specified for WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase I Projects, but Bureau of Reclamation will fund 25-30 awards of $10,000 to $300,000

Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) (next round of Stage 1 applications due 7/12/24)

(Stage 2 NOFO anticipated later in 2024)

Department of Transportation

Grants to conduct demonstration projects for the use of advanced transportation technologies and systems that can improve transportation efficiency and safety.

Up to $500 million in grants over 5 years. FY24 Stage 1 grants will distribute up to $50 million.

Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Program

(Applications due 7/25/24)

Environmental Protection Agency

Grants to replace heavy-duty vehicles like street sweepers, garbage trucks, or city transit buses with zero-emission vehicles.

$1B available through IRA; first funding round announced in April 2024

Bridge Investment Program (BIP) Large Bridge Project (FY2025 application deadline is 8/1/2024)

(Planning Grants deadline for FY2025 is 10/1/2024)

Department of Transportation

This program provides funding for bridge replacement, rehabilitation, preservation, and protection to improve the condition of bridges. The program also provides planning grants for such projects. 

Large bridge program is for projects over $100 million.

$9.7B available for Bridge Investment Programs through FY2026, including $80M for planning grants. 

Safe Streets for All (SS4A) 

(Last Planning and Demonstration grant deadline is 8/29/24)

Department of Transportation

Grant program to support the development of a comprehensive safety action plan that identifies the most significant roadway safety concerns in a community and the implementation of projects and strategies to address roadway safety issues.

$5B available until FY2026; current NOFO includes $461M for planning and demonstration grants

Energy Efficiency

and Conservation

Block Grant

Program

(Applications for local governments due 10/31/2024)

Department of

Energy

Grants to assist states, local

governments, and Tribes in

implementing strategies to

reduce energy use, to reduce

fossil fuel emissions, and to

improve energy efficiency.

$550 million total funding for both formula and competitive grants available until expended. Previous round of competitive grants for local governments awarded $8.8 million.  

Climate Justice Community Change Grants

(Applications accepted on a rolling basis until 11/21/2024)

Environmental Protection Agency

Projects that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges. These place-based investments will be focused on community-driven initiatives to be responsive to community and stakeholder input.

Approximately $2B in funding available

Economic Adjustment Assistance Program 

(Applications accepted on a rolling basis on updated application platform)

Economic Development Administration

This is a flexible program that provides a wide range of grants, loans, and other assistance for regions experiencing adverse economic changes (both sudden and gradual).

Most recent appropriations was $39.5 million

Expected Summer 2024 or later

 

NOFO Agency Program Description Funding Details

Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant Program

Department of Transportation

The first-ever federal program designed to reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure.

$1 billion, available until expended.

Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation Program (PROTECT)

Department of Transportation

PROTECT provides funding  to

improve the environmental resilience of America’s surface transportation system, including highways, ports, public transit, and intercity passenger rail. 

PROTECT provides $1.4 billion in funding over 5 years.

Railroad Crossing Elimination Program (RCE)

Department of Transportation

Funding for highway-rail or pathway-rail grade crossing improvement projects that focus on improving the safety and mobility of people and goods. 

BIL made $3B available; previous round of funding made $573M available 

Digital Equity Competitive Grants

Department of Commerce

Grants to promote digital equity and inclusion to ensure that all communities are able to leverage the benefits of the digital economy.

A $1.5B grant program that will fund projects for 5 years

National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grants

Department of Transportation

For replacement, removal, and repair of culverts / weirs that meaningfully improve or restore passage for anadromous fish. Anadromous fish species are born in freshwater such as streams and rivers, spend most of their lives in the marine environment, and migrate back to freshwater to spawn.

BIL made $1B available; awards for the previous (and first) funding round totaled $196M 

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE)

(Application deadline for FY2025 expected to be 1/13/25)

Department of Transportation

Grants for surface transportation infrastructure projects to improve: safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, mobility and community connectivity, and economic competitiveness. 

$1.5 billion annually for FY2022-FY2026

Reducing Truck Emissions at Port Facilities

Federal Highway Administration

Provides funding to reduce truck idling and emissions at ports, including through electrification. 

Previous round of funding was for $160 million

Airport Terminals Program

Federal Aviation Administration

Funding for safe, sustainable, and accessible airport terminals, on-airport rail access projects, and airport-owned airport traffic control towers. Projects may also include multimodal development.

Most recent funding round was for $1 billion

All Stations Accessibility 

Federal Transit Administration

Financing for capital projects to upgrade the accessibility of rail public transportation systems (e.g., subway, commuter rail, light rail) for persons with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs.

$350 million per fiscal year through FY2026.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Grants

Environmental Protection Agency

Funding for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the EPA Administrator as poor air quality areas.

Previous funding round was for $115 million

Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility (ICAM) pilot program

Federal Transit Administration

Funds capital projects for the transportation-disadvantaged, especially to improve coordination of services and to make non-emergency medical transportation more accessible.

$4.6 to $5 million per year through FY2026.

Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP)

Maritime Administration of USDOT

Provides funding for projects that improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within ports. Includes inland ports and intermodal connections, coastal seaports, inland river ports, and Great Lakes ports.  

Previous funding round was for $650M

Other

 

NOFO Agency Program Description Funding Details

Clean (CWSRF) and Drinking (DWSRF) Water – State Revolving Funds (application timelines vary by state)

Environmental Protection Agency

States initially receive funding, then provide funds to Water Utilities and/or Municipal and Other Eligible Entities. Tribes and Territories are also eligible to receive a portion of State Revolving Fund funds.

Funding amounts based on state formulas. Check with your relevant state agency for clean water fund and state agency for drinking water fund for details. 

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