The Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO is responsible for prioritizing the identified local transportation needs and then identifying funding sources to help meet these needs. Much of the funding that is used to pay for transportation projects and programs come from the US Department of Transportation, through the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. These agencies then pass through the majority of funds to the NCDOT, which in turn either allocates funds to the MPO to assign to projects or prioritizes projects in consultation with the MPO through the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) program.
The State of North Carolina passed into law new transportation legislation on June 26, 2013 that created the STI program, and all project types, including public transportation, highway, bicycle, pedestrian, ferry, aviation, and rail freight projects compete for funding through this program, which is generally conducted every two years.
The NCDOT and other agencies receive much of their capital funds through the federal surface transportation program. The current version of the program is called the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The DOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard provides communities with an overview of discretionary grant opportunities that can help meet their transportation infrastructure needs. Designed with all communities in mind, the Dashboard identifies grant programs with rural and Tribal set-asides or match waivers available. The Dashboard also includes Federal grant programs outside of DOT that may be of particular interest to rural communities. An updated Rural Grant Applicant Toolkit will soon be published to help rural communities harness the Dashboard. The Dashboard is updated weekly.
The following is not an all-inclusive list of funding sources available to the GCLMPO:
Funds for the fiscal year 2023 SS4A grant program are to be awarded on a competitive basis to support planning, infrastructure, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians; bicyclists; public transportation, personal conveyance, and micromobility users; motorists; and commercial vehicle operators. Application Deadline: 07/10/2023
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) was amended to require a Federal share of not less than 90% for activities under the Metropolitan planning Program (MPP) and the State Planning and Research Program (SPRP) that support planning activities that assist parts of urbanized or rural areas with a lower population density or a lower average income in relation to surrounding areas. The increased Federal share would apply only to planning funds. Eligible parties include states, MPOs, and local governments that undertake the transportation planning activity in parts of urban or rural areas with a lower population density or a lower average income compared to — (a) the applicable urbanized area; (b) the applicable rural area; (c) an adjoining urbanized area; or (d) an adjoining rural area.
USDA Rural Development provides funding to construct broadband networks in rural areas that do not currently have broadband service. Application Deadline: 6/20/2023
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program, established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will provide $2.5 billion over five years to a wide range of applicants, including cities, counties, local governments, and Tribes. This round of funding makes up to $700 million from fiscal years 2022 and 2023 funding available to strategically deploy EV charging and other alternative vehicle-fueling infrastructure projects in publicly accessible locations in urban and rural communities, as well as along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs). Application Deadline: 5/30/2023
DOT’ Federal Transit Administration grants to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities. Application Deadline: 4/13/2023