Small Shipyard Grants – Due July 5

Under the Small Shipyard Grant Program, there is currently $9,800,000 available for grants for capital and related improvements to qualified shipyard facilities that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration. It is anticipated that about 5-12 applications will be selected for funding with an average grant amount of about $1 million.

The shipyard facility for which a grant is sought must be in a single geographical location, located in or near a maritime community, and may not have more than 1,200 production employees. The applicant must be the operating company of the shipyard facility.  The shipyard facility must construct, repair, or reconfigure vessels 40 feet in length or greater for commercial or government use, or construct, repair, or reconfigure vessels 100 feet in length or greater for non-commercial vessels.

Eligible projects include: (1) capital and related improvement projects that will be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration; and (2) training projects that will be effective in fostering employee skills and enhancing productivity.   For capital improvement projects, all items proposed for funding must be new and to be owned by the applicant.  For both capital improvement and training projects, all project costs, including the recipient’s share, must be incurred after the date of the grant agreement.

Match is 25%. For more information about this grant contact us. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Small Shipyard Grants – Due July 5

MDOT Local Bridge Program, Applications Due May 1

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is soliciting applications for candidate projects for the Local Bridge Program. To be eligible for bridge funds, the structure must meet the definition of a bridge, defined as a structure with a total clear span of more than 20 feet, measured along the centerline of the roadway over a stream, watercourse, or opening. For a span bridge, this means the clear opening span, measured face to face at the inside of the abutments, is greater than 20 feet. A multi-unit culvert is considered a bridge if the total length, as measured along the centerline of the roadway, is greater than 20 feet and the distance between the culvert units is less than half the diameter of the smallest unit.

All local agencies are encouraged to submit asset management plans for the applications being submitted. A summary of the local agency’s bridge network asset management plan may also be submitted for review.

Replacement
Replacement projects involve replacing the entire substructure, superstructure, deck and
necessary approach work. If a multi-use path or sidewalk is planned but does not currently exist, the estimate needs to clearly indicate the costs of these items. If the project is selected for funding, a master plan showing the path or sidewalk must be provided in order for them to be considered participating in the Local Bridge Program.

Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation is defined as major work required to restore the structural integrity of a bridge, as well as work necessary to correct major safety defects. These projects are required to meet AASHTO guidelines. If a rehabilitation project is over water, a scour analysis will be required during the design phase and the existing foundations will need to be shown to be stable under a scour event. A structure that is not found to be stable during a scour event may not be allowed to proceed to contract. If making the structure stable results in a change in scope, it may be necessary to re-apply during a future call for applications.

Estimated repair costs for bridge rehabilitation projects will vary by the type of work. Include publicly owned utility relocation costs. Examples of rehabilitation work eligible for funding under the program include:
Full deck replacement (with or without painting of steel beams)
Superstructure replacement
Structure widening
Removal of existing bridge without replacement

Preventive Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance applications can be submitted for a single bridge. They may also be submitted for multiple bridges which require similar preventive maintenance work and may be combined into one application. This can include multiple agencies working together to submit one application. A multiple bridge application will count as one of the five applications any one agency is allowed to submit per year. The Region Bridge Councils will review a multiple structure application as one package and will not rate each structure independently. Preventive Maintenance activities are eligible under the Local Bridge Program.

Note: this is a condensed overview of this program. GFA is here to assist you with your grant and transportation-related questions, feel free to contact us. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

MDOT Local Bridge Program, Applications Due May 1

Federal Local (HSIP) Safety Program, Deadline Sept. 23

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced an open application period for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 general Local Safety Program.  Federal funds for the general Local Safety Program are to be used for highway safety improvements on the local roadway system.  All locally controlled roadways, regardless of National Functional Classification, are eligible.  The FY 2018 federal budget for this program is estimated at $6,000,000.

Local Agencies may submit more than one project application for consideration.  Federal safety funds shall not exceed $600,000 per project or a maximum amount of $2,000,000 per Local Agency (HSIP and HRRR combined) for the fiscal year.  FY 2018 projects are to be developed and obligated between October 1, 2017 and August 25, 2018.

Applications are to be electronically submitted or postmarked by Friday, September 23, 2016. For more information contact Heather Jamison, PE. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

Federal Local (HSIP) Safety Program, Deadline Sept. 23

High Risk Rural Road Program, Deadline Sept. 2

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) ihas announced an open application period for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 High Risk Rural Road (HRRR) program, with an estimated budget of approximately $6,000,000.  This amount may be subject to revisions.

Local agencies are allowed to submit more than one project for consideration.  Federal safety funds shall not exceed $600,000 per project or a maximum amount of $2,000,000 per Local Agency for the fiscal year (including any selected FY 2018 HSIP projects).  Any non-selected projects submitted under this HRRR call for projects will be automatically rolled over to the general FY 2018 HSIP safety call for projects.  Selected HRRR projects are to be obligated in FY 2018; the Local Agency will not be allowed to delay a selected HRRR to a different fiscal year.

For more information on this grant program contact Heather Jamison, PE. To learn more about GFA visit our website at http://gfa.tc.

High Risk Rural Road Program, Deadline Sept. 2

Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas, Deadline Sep. 9

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Pursuant to section 307 of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, VA “shall establish a grant program to provide innovative transportation options to veterans in highly rural areas.” To comply with section 307, VA will award grants to eligible recipients to assist veterans in highly rural areas through innovative transportation services to travel to VA medical centers and to other VA and non-VA facilities in connection with the provision of VA medical care.

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Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Transportation
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 55
Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,000,000
Award Ceiling: $50,000
Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas, Deadline Sep. 9

Tiger II Grants, Fourth Round Now Open, Deadline Feb. 20

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Fourth Round of Funding Under Highly Successful TIGER Program

Following President Obama’s call in his State of the Union address for greater infrastructure investment as part of “An America Built to Last,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of funding for transportation projects under a fourth round of the popular TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant program.  TIGER 2012 will make $500 million available for surface transportation projects having a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or region.

The previous three rounds of the TIGER program provided $2.6 billion to 172 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  Demand for the program has been overwhelming, and during the previous three rounds, the Department of Transportation received more than 3,348 applications requesting more than $95 billion for transportation projects across the country.

“President Obama made clear in his State of the Union address that investing in transportation means putting people back to work, and that’s just what our TIGER program is doing in communities across the country,” said Secretary LaHood.  “Americans are demanding investments in highways, ports, commuter rail, streetcars, buses, and high-speed rail.  These kinds of projects not only mean a stronger economic future for the U.S., but jobs for Americans today.”

As in previous rounds, high-speed rail and intercity passenger rail projects remain eligible for funding.  TIGER 2012 provides for the possibility of up to $100 million being used toward these projects.  TIGER 2012 will also continue to encourage the development of transportation projects in rural areas, providing $120 million for rural transportation projects.

On November 18, 2011, the President signed the FY 2012 Appropriations Act, which provided $500 million for Department of Transportation infrastructure investments.  Like the first three rounds, TIGER 2012 grants are for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis.

Projects will be evaluated on primary criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, livability, environmental sustainability, state of repair and short-term job creation.

Pre-applications are due February 20 and applications are due March 19.

Tiger II Grants, Fourth Round Now Open, Deadline Feb. 20

Community Challenge Planning Grants, TIGER II

This notice announces the availability of funding and requests proposals for the HUD’s Community Challenge Planning Grants in conjunction with a portion of the Department of Transportation’s National Infrastructure Investments Grants that can be used for transportation planning grants.HUD’s $40 million Community Challenge Planning Grant Program will foster reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities.Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes, either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood, district, corridor, or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, the reuse of older buildings and structures for new purposes, and similar activities with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. HUD’s Community Challenge Planning Grant Program also supports the development of affordable housing through the development and adoption of inclusionary zoning ordinances and other activities such as acquisition of land for affordable housing projects.


DOT is authorized to use up to $35 million of the funds available for TIGER II Discretionary Grants for TIGER II Planning Grants to fund the planning, preparation, or design of surface transportation projects that would be eligible for funding under the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program.


Eligibility

State and local governments, including U.S. territories, tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs),other political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multijurisdictional groupings.


Pre-Applications are due by 5:00 PM, 30 days after this Notice is published in the Federal Register and applications must be submitted by August 23, 2010.

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Community Challenge Planning Grants, TIGER II

TIGER II Discretionary Grant Program, Deadline Aug 23

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to award $600 million in TIGER II Discretionary Grants pursuant to Title I (Department of Transportation) of the FY 2010 Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 111-117, Dec. 16, 2009). This appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or “TIGER Discretionary Grant”, program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”). Because of the similarity in program structure and objectives, DOT is referring to the grants for National Infrastructure Investments under the FY 2010 Appropriations Act as “TIGER II Discretionary Grants”. As with the TIGER program, funds for the TIGER II program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

Eligible Applicants for TIGER II Discretionary Grants are State and local governments, including U.S. territories, tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant (for multi-jurisdictional groups, each member of the group, including the lead applicant, must be an otherwise eligible applicant as described in this paragraph).
There is a cost-sharing requirement.

Original Closing Date for Applications:
Aug 23, 2010
The criteria for the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program were announced in the interim notice of funding availability in the Federal Register. The notice requires that pre-applications must be submitted by July 16, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Final applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by August 23, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Current Closing Date for Applications:
Aug 23, 2010 The criteria for the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program were announced in the interim notice of funding availability in the Federal Register. The notice requires that pre-applications must be submitted by July 16, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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TIGER II Discretionary Grant Program, Deadline Aug 23

Scenic Byways Grants Available, Due April 16

Federal highway has announced the availability of scenic byway grants for the next funding cycle. The picture shown is an underground water tank GFA designed along a scenic heritage route in Peninsula Township.

Expected Number of Awards: 150
Estimated Total Program Funding: $40,000,000
CFDA Number(s): 20.205 — Highway Planning and Construction
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

Eligible Applicants
County governments
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Individuals

Additional Information on Eligibility:
Federal agencies, local units of government, and nonprofit organizations may apply to this program, but they must coordinate their applications with their State Departments of Transportation (DOT). The formal applications to FHWA are submitted by the State DOTs, and the projects are generally managed by the cognizant State DOT. Indian tribe governments have the option of submitting byway grant applications through the State or directly to the FHWA Division office in their State.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued the FY 2010 solicitation for proposals under the National Scenic Byways Program. Under this program, the Secretary of Transportation may make grants to States or Indian tribes to implement projects on roads designated as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads, State scenic byways, or Indian tribe scenic byways. The Secretary may also make grants to States or Indian tribes to plan, design and develop a scenic byways program. Eligible projects must be from one of the following eight eligible activities:
State or Indian tribe Scenic Byway Programs,
Corridor Management Plans,
Safety Improvements,
Byways Facilities,
Access to Recreation,
Resource Protection,
Interpretive Information,
or Marketing.

FHWA will continue to be more strategic in its FY 2010 National Scenic Byways Program grant awards process by targeting its resources toward projects that provide the greatest benefits. FHWA is particularly focusing on projects that place additional emphasis on livability, or with demonstrated benefits for the byway traveler and invites the application of large-scale, high-cost projects that provide strategic benefits to the byway. The Federal share of the byway project grant is 80 percent.

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Scenic Byways Grants Available, Due April 16