U.S. DOT Thriving Communities
What: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Thriving Communities Program (TCP) aims to ensure that disadvantaged communities adversely or disproportionately affected by environmental, climate, and human health policy outcomes have the technical tools and organizational capacity to compete for federal aid and deliver quality infrastructure projects that enable their communities and neighborhoods to thrive. TCP facilitates the planning and development of transportation and community revitalization activities and provides tools to ensure that under-resourced communities can access the historic funding provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
There are two different opportunities: 1) eligible applicants interested in receiving technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support from the TCP to help them compete for federal aid and deliver quality infrastructure projects that enable their communities and neighborhoods to thrive; and 2) those wishing to apply to become a Capacity Builder – organizations to provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support to enable selected recipient communities to plan and develop transportation and community revitalization activities.
Eligible applicants for the Thriving Communities Program Call for Letters of Interest include the following:
- Local, state, or Tribal governments including pueblos or villages
- United States territories
- Metropolitan planning organizations
- Transit agencies
- Other political subdivisions of state or local governments
DOT will prioritize communities and organizations that have had limited past success in applying for or receiving Federal transportation funding, or in successfully delivering integrated infrastructure and community development projects. TCP is targeting support to assist disadvantaged communities.
Organizations eligible to apply individually or as part of a team as a Capacity Builder include:
- Non-profit organizations
- State or local governments and their agencies
- Indian Tribes
- Philanthropic entities
- Other technical assistance providers with a demonstrated capacity to develop and provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity building
TCP: TCP will provide access to a diverse set of Capacity Builders available to work directly with communities as they build upon local assets to co-design and advance infrastructure projects that address critical social, economic, environmental, and mobility needs.
Capacity Builders: Approximately $3.5 million - $6 million per Capacity Builder for 2-year period of performance.
TCP: LOI submitted by December 6, 2022.
Capacity Builder: NOFO application due November 22, 2022.