INFRA awards competitive grants for multimodal freight and highway projects of national or regional significance to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people in and across rural and urban areas. INFRA is not a new program, but it was enhanced to include new eligibilities, set asides, and other programming changes as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Total available INFRA funding from 2022-2026 is $8 billion. A grant under the program may not exceed 60% of total eligible project costs, though an additional 20% of project costs may be funded through other Federal assistance. Funding will be spread across large, mid, and small-scale projects, with 25% of funds reserved for rural areas.
The following parties are eligible for a INFRA Award: A state or group of states, a metropolitan planning organization serving an urbanized area with a population above 200,000, a unit of local government or a group of local governments, a political subdivision of a State or local government, a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority, a Federal land management agency that applies jointly with a State or group of States, and a tribal government or a consortium of tribal governments.
INFRA projects must be focused on improving safety, generating economic benefits, reducing congestion, enhancing resiliency, eliminating freight bottlenecks, and improving critical freight movements. To qualify for funds, a project must be:
The projects funded in FY22 span everything from widening segments of major interstates and replacing worn viaducts to rehabilitating bridges and upgrading welcome center ramps.
The FY22 deadline for INFRA applications was in May 2022. More details on the FY23 opportunities will be published in the coming months. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.