U.S. DOT's 2022 RAISE Grants to Target Emissions Reductions, Racial Equity

The RAISE grant program continues to make history as a distinct departure from U.S. transportation planning tradition.

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January 31, 2022, 11:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the 2022 RAISE grants, officially leaving the competitive grant program's predecessor programs in the dustbin of history.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on January 28 published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the RAISE grant program—the Biden administration's grant program to fund small transportation infrastructure projects—picking up where the Obama administration's TIGER grants and the Trump administration's BUILD grants left off.

Yonah Freemark, a senior research associate at the Urban Institute, amplified the news of the NOFO on Twitter, highlighting grant selection criteria that prioritize projects that reduce pollution, reduce transportation and housing cost burdens, improve access for underserved communities, and ensure collaborations with non-transportation entities.

In November, Freemark was first to report the news of the 2021 funding allotment while also providing analysis of the grant program's potential to discard the auto-centric status quo of traditional U.S. DOT funding programs.

Applications for 2022 RAISE grant funding must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern on April 14, 2022.

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