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US DOT Seeks Projects to Address Climate Change and Environmental Justice

ASLA 2019 Professional General Design Honor Award. Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park Phase II: A New Urban Ecology. Long Island City, New York. SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP / Lloyd/SWA

Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced it is seeking applicants for the fiscal year 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program to fund transportation projects of national and regional significance.

To maximize the value of INFRA funds for all Americans, the Department is focusing the competition on transportation infrastructure projects that support six key objectives infrastructure projects that support six key objectives:

  1. Supporting economic vitality at the national and regional level
  2. Addressing climate change and environmental justice impacts
  3. Advancing racial equity and reducing barriers to opportunity
  4. Leveraging Federal funding to attract non-Federal sources of infrastructure investment
  5. Deploying innovative technology, encouraging innovative approaches to project delivery, and incentivizing the use of innovative financing
  6. Holding grant recipients accountable for their performance.

According to USDOT this is the first time that they have sought INFRA projects that address climate change and environmental justice. Projects will be evaluated on whether they were planned as part of a comprehensive strategy to address climate change, or whether they support strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as encouraging modal shift. Racial equity will also be considered as a selection criterion, to the extent that project sponsors have completed equity-focused community outreach, and projects are designed to benefit underserved communities.

Landscape architects are encouraged to review the notice of funding opportunity and work with eligible partners to apply for awards. USDOT has created a series of training webinars to help applicants learn about competing for Infra Grants. Applications must be submitted through www.Grants.gov. Only applicants who comply with all submission requirements described in this notice and submit applications through www.Grants.gov will be eligible for award.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information regarding this notice, please contact the Office of the Secretary via email at INFRAgrants@dot.gov, or call Paul Baumer at (202) 366-1092. A TDD is available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing at 202-366-3993. In addition, up to the application deadline, the Department will post answers to common questions and requests for clarifications on USDOT’s website at https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing/infra-grants/infrastructure-rebuilding-america.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 19, 2021. The Grants.gov “Apply” function is currently open.

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