$500M Up for Grabs in Federal TIGER Grants

The seventh round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants will have $500 million available this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced.

TIGER grants are used to fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. They are awarded in a competitive process to projects U.S. DOT deems to have a significant impact on the nation, a region or metropolitan area.

Since 2009, the TIGER grant program has provided $4.1 billion to 342 projects. Demand for the grants is high with the agency having received more than 6,000 applications requesting more than $124 billion for transportation projects across the country.

“The TIGER program has funded innovative projects, sparked new partnerships, created intermodal connections and enabled hard-to-fund projects that are changing the face of communities all across the country,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. ”

Last week, U.S. DOT reintroduced a six-year, $478-billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, the GROW AMERICA Act. The bill would provide $7.5 billion in funding over six years for the TIGER grant program.

Current TIGER funding is provided in the FY 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act. Pre-Applications are due on May 4, 2015. Final applications are due June 5, 2015.

“The consistent number of high quality projects we’re unable to fund through TIGER every year demonstrates the need for Congress to act to give more communities access to this vital lifeline,” Foxx said. “That is why we proposed doubling TIGER in the GROW AMERICA Act.”

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