The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced 2016 TIGER Grants on July 29th. This is the eighth version of the very popular TIGER program. The grants announced include 40 projects and represent $500 million in grants. The project selected include submissions from two U.S. territories, 32 states, and 40 communities across the country.
TIGER grant program, originally apart of the 2008 stimulus bill, supports innovative projects which are difficult to fund through traditional federal programs. The program is not authorized by the FAST ACT, yet Congress continues to appropriate funding for this program.
According to DOT:
“Since 2009, the TIGER grant program has provided a combined $5.1 billion to 421 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and tribal communities. These federal funds leverage money from private sector partners, states, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies. The 2016 TIGER round alone is leveraging nearly $500 million in federal investment to support $1.74 billion in overall transportation investments.”
Also according to DOT
“Demand for the 2016 TIGER grant program continued to far exceed available funds; the DOT received 585 eligible applications from all 50 States, and several U.S. territories, tribal communities, cities, and towns throughout the United States, collectively requesting over $9.3 billion in funding. During the previous seven rounds, the Department received more than 7,300 applications requesting more than $143 billion for transportation projects across the country.”
Funding for FY 2017 will be determined by the budget process underway.