The following entities are eligible to apply for SS4A grant funding:
- Metropolitan planning organizations
- Counties, cities, towns, and transit agencies or other special districts that are subdivisions of a state
- Federally recognized tribal governments
- Multi-jurisdictional groups comprised of the above entities
Two streams of funding are available through SS4A:
- Action Plan Grants can be used for activities which directly assist in the process of developing or updating a comprehensive safety action plan by conducting outreach, data collection, analysis, or other related tasks. Supplemental Action Plan Activities grants can be similarly applied to support or enhance an existing comprehensive safety action plan.
- Implementation Grants have a minimum threshold of $5M for most applicants, and can be used to fund infrastructure, behavioral, and operational safety activities outlined in an action plan. Supplemental Action Plan activities can also be included in an Implementation Grant.
How to Apply for SS4A
Annual SS4A applications are generally open from May to September. To get the most up-to-date information on upcoming calls, sign up for email updates from the US Department of Transportation.
The following steps are required to submit a SS4A application:
- Review the USDOT SS4A grant page to open the latest Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO);
- Review the NOFO to determine your application type (Action Plan, Action Plan Supplement, Implementation, or Implementation + Action Plan Supplement);
- Navigate to grants.gov and search for SS4A using the Opportunity Number in the NOFO
(Note: if your organization does not already have a grants.gov account, you will need to create one);
- Select the application package (Action or Implementation) from the “Package” tab on the grants.gov SS4A page to download or begin; an Implementation package will only be eligible where a minimum budget of $5,000,000 is being requested;
- Complete the application and ensure you have attached any required supplemental documentation in your application.
If you have questions or require assistance submitting your application, reach out to Ecopia AI's transportation team who specializes in helping clients with grant applications.
Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program
SMART grants provided through the IIJA enable transportation planning organizations to leverage $400M in federal funding through 2026 for projects related to smart community technology. Each year, $100M is allocated to different projects across the US that meet SMART program eligibility requirements.
Transportation projects eligible for SMART grant funding include coordinated automation, autonomous vehicle infrastructure, delivery and logistics planning, innovative aviation, and initiatives involving sensors, smart grids, and traffic signals. A list of projects approved for 2022 SMART grant funding is available here.
SMART Grant Eligibility
These entities are eligible to apply for SMART grant funding:
- Political subdivisions of a state
- Tribal governments
- Public transit agencies or authorities
- Public toll authorities
- Metropolitan planning organizations
- A group of 2 or more eligible entities detailed above, applying through a single lead applicant
How to Apply for a SMART Grant
SMART grant applications are generally due each autumn. Interested parties can sign up here for email updates about the next application cycle, or get in touch with the Ecopia team for help applying.
When you are ready to apply, you must work through the following steps:
- Carefully review and follow the application guidelines outlined in the updated NOFO for your year of application;
- Fill out required forms, such as the Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A), and Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL); be sure to use plain language as you explain your project;
- Navigate to SAM.gov to submit your application; As part of this step you will need to either have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) or request one; similarly, you will need to register with third-party evaluation platform Valid Eval in order for your project to be considered for funding.
A full breakdown of this process can be found here. If you have any questions, the Ecopia AI team is here to help, so do not hesitate to reach out!
Carbon Reduction Program
The IIJA Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) requires every state to develop a carbon reduction strategy by November 15, 2023, and subsequently update that strategy every four years. This program enables states and MPOs to directly allocate $6.4B in federal funding through 2026 to projects that lead to the reduction of on-highway CO2 emissions.
Common examples of projects eligible for funding include the replacement of street lights with energy-efficient alternatives, the planning or construction of transportation alternatives, and other activities that further the development of a carbon reduction strategy.