The U.S. Department of Transportation has released notices of funding opportunities for two programs of interest under the IIJA: (1) the second round of the Safe Streets and Roads for All grants; and (2) the first round of the new Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) grant program. I want to make sure you're aware of these programs so that you can advise your clients and look ahead to potential additional work in these areas.
The second round of the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program will provide funds to support planning and demonstration activities, as well as projects and strategies to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, personal conveyance and micro mobility users, motorists, and commercial vehicle operators. FHWA expects to award up to $1.177 billion for hundreds of safety planning and demonstration grants and up to one hundred project implementation grants to local governments and MPOs.
The deadline for SS4A grant applications is July 10.
According to the notice, the purpose of the PROTECT program is to plan for and strengthen surface transportation to be more resilient to natural hazards, including climate change, sea level rise, flooding, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters. DOT plans to distribute up to $848 million in competitive grants. (Click here for information on the formula program, including guidance and state-by-state apportionments previously issued.)
There are four categories of funding under the PROTECT discretionary program: Planning Grants, Resilience Improvement, Community Resilience and Evacuation Routes, and At-Risk Coastal Infrastructure projects. The minimum award size for planning grants is $100,000. The minimum award size for resilience project grants is $500,000; FHWA expects to award 30-40 grants for resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk coastal infrastructure projects. There is a broad range of eligible applicants, including states, MPOs, local governments, and tribes.
The deadline for PROTECT grant applications is Friday, August 18.
As a reminder, the U.S. DOT Navigator website is a very useful source for information and technical assistance on these and other grant opportunities for your clients.