California Consulting is pleased to announce the release of the U.S. Department of Transportation: 2019 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD)

U.S. Department of Transportation: 2019 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD)

Application Deadline: July 15, 2019

Amount: $5 million to $25 million (if in a rural area, there is no minimum grant amount)

Match: Yes – Per the FY 2019 Appropriations Act, the Federal share of project costs for which an expenditure is made under the BUILD Transportation grant program may not exceed 80 percent for a project located in an urban area. The Secretary may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent for a project located in a rural area.

Eligibility: Eligible Applicants for BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants are States, local and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and must identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact. Each project party in a joint application must be an Eligible Applicant. Joint applications must include a description of the roles and responsibilities of each project party and must be signed by each project party.

https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants

Summary: The FY 2019 Appropriations Act provided $900 million for National Infrastructure Investments. As with previous rounds, funds for the FY 2019 BUILD Transportation program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. The Act also allows DOT to use a small portion of the $900 million for oversight and administration of grants. If this solicitation does not result in the award and obligation of all available funds, DOT may publish additional solicitations. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 specifies that BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants may not be less than $5 million and not greater than $25 million, except that for projects located in rural areas the minimum BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant size is $1 million. The FY 2019 Appropriations Act specifies that not more than 50 percent of funds can be spent on projects located in a rural area with a population equal to or less than 200,000 and not more than 50 percent of funds can be spent on projects located in an urbanized area with a population of more than 200,000. The Department revised the definition for rural and urban projects from previous BUILD/TIGER rounds to two categories, consistent with the urban and rural funding maximums.  Pursuant to the FY Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, no more than 10 percent of the funds made available for TIGER BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants (or $90 million) may be awarded to projects in a single State. Further, pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, DOT must take measures to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of grant funds, an appropriate balance in addressing the needs of urban and rural areas, and investment in a variety of transportation modes. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 requires that FY 2019 BUILD funds are only available for obligation through September 30, 2021. No FY 2019 BUILD funds may be expended after September 30, 2026. As part of the review and selection process described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, DOT will consider whether a project is ready to proceed with an obligation of grant funds from DOT within the statutory time provided. Under the FY 2019 Appropriations Act, no waiver is possible for these deadlines. The FY 2019 Appropriations Act allows for up to 20 percent of available funds (or $180 million) to be used by the Department to pay the subsidy and administrative costs for a project receiving credit assistance under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 1998 (“TIFIA”) program, if it would further the purposes of the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program. Recipients of prior TIGER Discretionary Grants may apply for funding to support additional phases of a project awarded funds in earlier rounds of this program. However, to be competitive, the applicant should demonstrate the extent to which the previously funded project phase has been able to meet estimated project schedules and budget, as well as the ability to realize the benefits expected for the project. DOT expects that each BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant will be administered by one of the relevant modal administrations, pursuant to a grant agreement between the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant recipient and the relevant modal administration.