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BUILD is Replacing the TIGER Grant

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The Consolidation Appropriations Act signed into law on March 23, 2018 authorized $1.5 billion dollars for infrastructure investments through September of 2020.  Formerly, the grant associated with this funding was known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, or TIGER, that was introduced in 2009.  

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently announced that the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development discretionary grant (BUILD) program will replace TIGER, starting with the current round of funding. Although the name of the program is different,  much of the criteria will be familiar, with a few major changes.

What Stays the Same

The Consolidation Appropriations Act set certain restrictions on what the grant can be used for, who is eligible, and the amount of funding provided. Therefore, many of the requirements under TIGER should stay the same. If you would like to see the original language of the act itself, the relevant portion starts on page 1567. The Department of Transportation has put out a fact sheet for a quick comparison of the the two programs. Elements that have remained include:

  • Eligible costs and project types. For instance, the project will still support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.
  • Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact.
  • Minimum and maximum award sizes remain at FY2017 levels.

What is Different

  • An emphasis on new, non-federal revenue for infrastructure investment.
  • The administration has stated rural communities will be a bigger priority in this funding round. 30% must go to projects in rural communities.

Applying for BUILD

Eligible applicants include Native American tribes, state and local governments, and consortia. Recipients of TIGER grants may submit an application for additional phases of projects awarded under TIGER, however to be competitive they must demonstrate how their projects have met estimated schedules, budgets and benefits. Matching is required. Refer to NOFO for complete details. Apply by July 19, 2018. There will be several upcoming webinars for applicants including:

  • How to Compete for BUILD Transportation Grants -Thursday, May 24, 2:00-4:00 PM EDT.
  • Tribal and rural applicants -Tuesday, May 29, 2:00-4:00 PM EDT.
  • Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis for a BUILD -Thursday, May 31, 2:00-4:00 PM EDT.

Refer to website for additional June webinars and any schedule changes or updates.

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