Promises (or fears) of the end of TIGER grant funding have proven unfounded thus far into the Trump Administration. Here's what's new with the U.S. Department of Transportation grant program formerly known as TIGER.
"This week, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) held its first of several webinars on the rebranded Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants — which have been rebranded as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants (BUILD) grants," according to an article by Brittney Kohler, program director for transportation and infrastructure at the National League of Cities.
The funding for the grant program formerly known as TIGER was approved as part of the federal spending approved by Congress in March.
According to Kohler, there are a couple of pressing facts about the BUILD grant program that everyone should be aware of, like that the deadline for the BUILD grant application process is on July 19 and a greater share of projects will be going to rural areas. Kohler also offers recommendations for how to put together w inning project application. "For city leaders, the bottom line is this: BUILD Discretionary Grants are a great opportunity for localities to complete projects that are long-standing goals and that align with one or more of their criteria," Kohler concludes.
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