Biden-Harris Administration: Subsequent Part of Thriving Communities Grant Program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Division of Transportation (DOT) launched a Discover of Funding Alternative (NOFO) for as much as $22 million in grants to supply technical help and a Name for Letters of Curiosity from communities in search of assist by the Thriving Communities Program. The Biden–Harris Administration launched this system in 2022 to arrange state, native, Tribal and territorial governments to higher entry historic ranges of federal funding for tasks of their communities. Earlier this yr, DOT introduced that 4 Capability Builder groups acquired $21.15 million to supply technical help to 64 communities.

The Thriving Communities Program (TCP) offers intensive technical help to under-resourced and deprived communities to assist them establish, develop, and ship transportation and neighborhood revitalization alternatives. These communities obtain in-kind assist from Capability Builders funded by the TCP to arrange grant software supplies and undertake pre-development and challenge supply actions together with deploying modern neighborhood engagement, workforce growth, and clear expertise methods. There isn’t any price for communities to obtain assist by this system.

“Nobody understands a neighborhood’s distinctive transportation wants higher than the individuals who really stay there—but many small communities don’t have the assets or capability to safe the funding for infrastructure tasks,” stated U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The Thriving Communities Program is all about empowering communities to higher entry federal {dollars} to allow them to understand their very own visions for higher infrastructure and transportation.”

For the FY 2023 program, DOT has added a Thriving Communities Regional Pilot Program set-aside to which states, Tribes, and regional planning organizations can apply. This set-aside will permit pilot program members to supply TCP actions at a state or regional scale to communities inside their jurisdictions. This yr, DOT anticipates funding no less than 4 pilots at roughly $1 million every.

DOT additionally anticipates funding no less than three Nationwide TCP Capability Builder Program groups, at roughly $5 million every, to collectively assist roughly 50 communities which might be chosen and assigned by DOT into considered one of three “Communities of Observe” primarily based on their distinctive technical help wants. The TCP will prioritize these communities working to advance tasks to enhance well being outcomes; cut back housing and transportation prices; protect or increase jobs and enhance dependable mobility choices for deprived households to higher entry well being care, meals, schooling, and different important locations.

“The regional strategy supplied below TCP is a wonderful complement to the opposite capability constructing alternatives supplied by the Construct America Bureau,” stated DOT’s Construct America Bureau Government Director Morteza Farajian. “Constructing capability on the native degree and creating peer exchanges will assist communities leverage each useful resource attainable to advance their tasks utilizing modern options.”

The decision for Letters of Curiosity (LOI) from communities in search of assist from this system is open till November 15, whereas the NOFO for Capability Builders is open till November 28. The NOFO will present funding for organizations to supply technical help, planning and capability constructing assist to recipients below the Thriving Communities Program. Capability Builders are inspired to use as a group and will embrace non-profits, philanthropic organizations, and different certified technical help suppliers together with tutorial and for-profit organizations.

Extra info on the right way to submit a LOI to take part within the Thriving Communities program may be discovered right here.

Thriving Communities follows by on the dedication by the Biden–Harris Administration to make sure that all communities have an equal alternative to learn from federal infrastructure funding. DOT’s technical help is a part of the Thriving Communities Community, an interagency initiative among the many Departments of Transportation, Housing and City Improvement, Power, Commerce, and Agriculture, in addition to the Common Providers Administration, FEMA, and the Environmental Safety Company. This week the White Home is publishing an up to date information to federal technical help assets and convening TCN capability builders and philanthropic companions working to make sure all components of nation, particularly under-resourced communities, have the capability to entry the historic funding offered by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation and the Inflation Discount Act.

DOT will host a collection of webinars to supply extra info each to communities and capability builders. Extra info on the collection may be discovered right here. DOT anticipates saying recipients in early 2024.

The TCP is considered one of a number of instruments being offered by DOT to make sure each neighborhood has an equal alternative to entry federal transportation funding and financing to ship transformative infrastructure tasks. Further technical help assets may be discovered on the DOT Navigator at

Courtesy of the U.S. Division of Transportation.

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