On July 1, 2011, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for approximately $527 million in the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant program.  TIGER grants are designed primarily to fund projects involving highways, bridges, public transit, railways, ports, or bicycle and pedestrian activity that are shown to improve the condition of transportation facilities in a way that will have a long-term economic and environmental impact on a region.  Of the nearly $527 million made available, roughly $140 million is to be awarded solely for transportation projects in rural areas.

The NOFA outlines a two-step application process.  First, applicants are required to submit a pre-application form to DOT by October 3, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. EST.  The pre-application form and instructions on submission will be made available on DOT’s Web site on August 23, 2011.  Step two is the submission of a complete application package to DOT, which must be completed by October 31, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

To access the NOFA and learn more about the TIGER grant program, go to:


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