Key Upcoming NOFOs from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Acts
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

Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG): Implementation

 

(Optional Notice of Intent to Apply due 2/01/24; NOFO closes 4/1/24)

Environmental Protection Agency Funding to implement greenhouse gas reduction policies, projects, and procedures Provides $250M for noncompetitive planning grants, and approximately $4.6B for competitive implementation grants

Bridge Investment Program (BIP) (Planning and Bridge Project Grants)

(Application deadline is 2/19/2024 for planning grants and 3/19/24 for project grants) 

AND 

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

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. 

Clean Ports Program

 

(Optional Notice of Intent to Apply due 3/28/24; NOFO closes 5/28/24)

Environmental Protection Agency

This program provides funding for zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure, as well as climate and air quality planning at national ports. 

 

This NOFO offers two separate opportunities for funding: the Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition AND the Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition

$3B in available funding; ~$2.8B in zero-emission technology deployment at ports; ~$150M for climate and air quality planning

Grid Resilience and Innovative Partnerships (GRIP)

 

(Applications due in April or May, depending on grant type.)

Department of Energy Funds projects to maximize grid infrastructure deployment at-scale and leverage private sector and non-federal public capital to advance deployment goals. $10.5B in funding is available through FY2026; up to $3.9B available in current round

Safe Streets for All (SS4A) 

 

(Planning and Demonstration grants have 3 deadlines: 4/4/24, 5/16/24, or 8/29/24)

 

(Implementation grants are due 5/16/24)

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; $3B still available for future funding rounds

Low or No Emission Grants for Buses or Bus Facilities

 

(Application closes 4/25/24)

Department of Transportation Grants for state and local governments to purchase or lease zero-emission and low-emission transit buses. BIL provided over $5.6B for the program; $1.7B in awards made in FY2023 funding round 

Climate Justice Community Change Grants

 

(Applications accepted on a rolling basis- NOFO closes 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

Expected Spring 2024 or later

 

NOFO Agency Program Description Funding Details

Energy Improvements at Public K-12 School Facilities

 

(NOFO anticipated for Spring 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

Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Program

 

(NOFO anticipated in early Spring 2024)

Environmental Protection Agency Grants to replace heavy-duty vehicles with zero-emission vehicles. $1B available through IRA; first funding round anticipated in Spring 2024

Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP)

 

NOFO anticipated in Winter 2024)

Federal Highway Administration Grant funding to construct projects that will provide 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. 
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 
Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program Department of Transportation Funding for projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail. BIL made $5B available; previous round of funding was for $1.4B
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 
Recycling Education and Outreach Grant Program and Solid Waste Infrastructure For Recycling (SWIFR) Grant Program for Political Subdivisions of States and Territories (2024) Environmental Protection Agency Grants to implement the National Recycling Strategy to improve post-consumer materials management and infrastructure; support improvements to local post-consumer materials management and recycling programs; and assist local waste management authorities in making improvements to local waste management systems.  $200M for SWIFR and $75M for recycling education and outreach provided in BIL; awards for previous funding round of SWIFR totaled $73M and $33M in recycling education and outreach grants were announced for the first funding round

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. 

Other Resources

Safe Streets and Roads For All Grant Program

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program, with $5 billion in appropriated funds over five years, 2022-2026. The SS4A program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to...

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