Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (July 12, 2021)

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants. 

(Discretionary Grants) 

Deadline: July 12, 2021 at 5pm Eastern. 

This FY 2021 RAISE Notice updates the FY 2020 RAISE NOFO to reflect this Administration’s priorities for creating good-paying jobs, improving safety, applying transformative technology, and explicitly addressing climate change and advancing racial equity 

For this round of RAISE grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $100 million can be awarded to a single State, as specified in the appropriations act. Up to $30 million will be awarded to planning grants, including at least $10 million to Areas of Persistent Poverty.  Cost Sharing or Matching will be 20% or less. (see page 9 of NOFO) 

To ensure that the benefits of infrastructure investments benefit communities large and small the Department will award an equitable amount, not to exceed half of funding, to projects located in urban and rural areas respectively. 

  • The primary selection criteria are safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and state of good repair.  
  • The secondary selection criteria are partnership and innovation. 

Consistent with DOT’s R.O.U.T.E.S. initiative, DOT seeks rural projects that address deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates on rural transportation infrastructure. Please visit to learn more about DOT’s efforts to address disparities in rural infrastructure. 

Eligible Applicants  

Eligible Applicants for RAISE grants are State, local, Tribal, and U.S. territories’ governments, including transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. 

Eligible Projects 

(a) Capital Projects 
Eligible projects for RAISE grants are surface transportation capital projects within the United States or any territory or possession of the United States that include, but are not limited to: (1) highway, bridge, or other road projects eligible under title 23,United States Code; (2) public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; (3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects; (4) port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry); (5) intermodal projects; and (6) projects investing in surface transportation facilities that are located on Tribal land and for which title or maintenance responsibility is vested in the Federal Government. 

(b) Planning Projects 
Activities eligible for funding under RAISE planning grants are related to the planning, preparation, or design— for example environmental analysis, feasibility studies, and other preconstruction activities—of eligible surface transportation capital projects described in Section C.3.i.(a). 

In addition, eligible activities related to multidisciplinary projects or regional planning as defined on page 11 of the NOFO  Guidelines: