Hill outlines program and requirements
Washington, DC – May 3, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Baron Hill is pleased to announce that the application period for the second round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants has begun. The second round of grants, officially called the National Infrastructure Investment Grants, but referred to as the “TIGER II Discretionary Grants,” is a $600 million competitive grant program for surface transportation projects that is similar, but not identical to, the first round of TIGER grants. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) officially began soliciting applications as of Monday, April 26, 2010, with pre-applications due on July 16, 2010, and final applications due on August 23, 2010. Public comments regarding the projects will be considered until May 28, 2010. The DOT will announce the projects that have been selected to receive funding no sooner than September 15, 2010.
Some key points for interested parties to note regarding the funding are:
„Ï Applicants that submitted projects for the first round of grants must reapply for Tiger II.
„Ï Tiger II grant awards will be no less than $10 million and no greater than $200 million. (For projects located in rural areas, the minimum grant size is $1 million).
„Ï With the exception of rural projects, Tiger II only will provide up to 80% of the project costs, whereas TIGER 1 was 100% federal funding.
„Ï $140 million will be reserved for projects in rural areas, and 100% of these project costs are eligible for federal funding.
„Ï DOT and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are planning to jointly evaluate applications for TIGER transportation planning grants and HUD’s $40 million “Community Challenge Grant” for projects that fund future transportation investments and local planning activities.
Pre-applications (Stage 1) must be submitted to the DOT. The pre-application form
will be available as of June 15, 2010, on the DOT website at www.dot.gov/recovery/ost/TIGERII.
Applications (Stage 2) must be submitted through Grants.gov. To apply for funding through Grants.gov, applicants must be properly registered. Complete instructions on how to register and submit applications can be found at www.grants.gov. Please be aware that the registration process usually takes 2-4 weeks and must be completed before an application can be submitted. If interested parties experience difficulties at any point during the registration or application process, please call the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726, Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST.
“The TIGER grant program funds important infrastructure and transportation projects across the country, and I would encourage interested local groups to apply,” Hill said. “The Madison-Milton Bridge Project secured a grant in the first round, and I’m hopeful another Southern Indiana applicant will get funds this time around as well. As always, please contact my office if I can be of any assistance on this matter.”