FUNDING SOURCES

FUNDING DASHBOARDS

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.

State of North Carolina Dashboard

This page includes links to grant programs across NC state government agencies. For questions about any of the grant programs listed herein, contact the agency that oversees that program. If you are looking for public information about grants, please visit OpenBudget, which contains a database of agency-provided descriptive information about state-administered grant programs that disburse funds to non-state entities. OpenBudget also provides information on awarded grants and contracts.

DETAILED LIST OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

*Alphabetical Order*

CURRENT NOFOs

Deadline: Rolling Basis

Click this link to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity document. Review the FAQ’s document.

The BIL created the Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program, which makes $10 million available over five years to provide states, local governments, and tribal governments with grants to support project development leading to future applications to DOT credit or grant programs. The grants can support legal, technical, and financial advisors to help advance infrastructure projects. The first notice of funding opportunity includes two fiscal years and makes $3.4 million available to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Eligible project sponsors may receive grant funds to select advisors to assist with pre- development-phase activities, including: 
•    feasibility studies
•    project planning
•    revenue forecasting and funding and financing options analyses 
•    preliminary engineering and design work
•    environmental review
•    economic assessments and cost-benefit analyses
•    public benefits studies
•    statutory and regulatory framework analyses
•    value-for-money (VFM) studies  
•    evaluations of costs to sustain the project
•    evaluation opportunities for private financing and project bundling   

For more information, please email [email protected].

Deadline: 04/25/2024

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The Low-No Program provides funding for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. 

The Buses and Bus Facilities Program provides funding for capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses and related equipment, or to rehabilitate, purchase, construct, or lease bus-related facilities.

Low-No Program: • Purchase or lease low or no emission buses; • Acquiring low or no emission buses with a leased power source; • Constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment (including intelligent technology and software) for low or no emission buses; • Constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission buses; • Rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission buses; • Additionally, 0.5% of the Federal request may be used for workforce development training and an additional 0.5% may be used for training at the National Transit Institute (NTI). Note, applicants proposing any project related to zero-emission vehicles and related facilities must also spend 5% of their award on workforce development and training as outlined in their Zero-Emission Fleet Transition Plan, unless the applicant certifies that their financial need is less. 

Buses and Bus Facilities Program: • Capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses, vans, or related equipment; • Rehabilitate, purchase, construct, or lease bus-related facilities regardless of propulsion type or emissions; • Additionally, 0.5% of the Federal request may be used for workforce development training and an additional 0.5% may be used for training at the National Transit Institute (NTI). Note, applicants proposing any project related to zero-emission vehicles and related facilities must also spend 5% of their award on workforce development and training as outlined in their Zero-Emission Fleet Transition Plan, unless the applicant certifies that their financial need is less.

Deadline: 06/17/2024

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The Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP) projects will help improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of active transportation networks and communities; improve connectivity between active transportation modes and public transportation; enhance the resiliency of on- and off-road active transportation infrastructure and help protect the environment; and improve quality of life in disadvantaged communities through the delivery of connected active transportation networks and expanded mobility opportunities.

The ATIIP grants will allow communities to identify, prioritize, and implement improvements to the largest barriers to safe, accessible, and equitable pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity through the development of infrastructure that will provide substantial additional opportunities for walking and bicycling. Eligible organizations will be able to create plans or implement active transportation networks that connect destinations within or between communities or create plans or implement an active transportation spine connecting two or more communities, metropolitan regions, or States. The ATIIP also provides an opportunity for eligible organizations to enhance their overall transportation network by integrating active transportation facilities with transit services, where available, to improve access to public transportation.

Note: This Notice of Funding Opportunity will result in the distribution of up to $44,550,000 for two different categories of grants: (1) Planning and Design Grants and (2) Construction Grants.

Note: Applicants may apply for more than one grant. Applicants may apply for both a Planning and Design grant and a Construction grant; however, the applications must be for separate projects.

Note: Applicants can seek a Planning and Design grant for projects that develop a plan for an active transportation network or spine project. Applicants with an existing plan may also apply for a Planning and Design grant to update and further develop their plan.

Planning Grants may be used to fund:

  • Public engagement activities, including community visioning, outreach to affected disadvantaged populations, or other place-based strategies for public input into project plans;
  • Design and planning studies that support the development of a construction project such as traffic studies supporting an active transportation outcome, active transportation network plans, connectivity analyses, asset inventories, and data collection of active transportation network gaps;
  • Conceptual and preliminary engineering tied to projects in an approved plan;
  • Other related transportation planning activities for active transportation networks or spines.

Construction Grants may be used to fund, among other things:

  • Property acquisition; Site preparation, demolition, or development;
  • Payment of bonds/notes; Fees in connection with execution and financing of the project;
  • Cost of studies, surveys, plans, permits, insurance, interest, financing, tax and assessments;
  • Cost of construction, rehabilitation, reconstruction; Cost of land improvements; Contractor fees;
  • Training and education related to safety of users as part of project

Deadline: 08/01/2024

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The Bridge Investment Program is a competitive, discretionary program that focuses on existing bridges to reduce the overall number of bridges in poor condition, or in fair condition at risk of falling into poor condition. It also expands applicant eligibilities to create opportunity for all levels of government to be direct recipients of program funds. Alongside states and federal lands management agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and local and tribal governments can also apply directly to FHWA, making it easier to advance projects at the local level that meet community needs.

The following is not an all-inclusive list of funding sources available to the GCLMPO: