June 24, 2011. Notice of availability of FTA environmental sustainability program funds: Solicitation of project proposals for FY 2011 Discretionary Sustainability Funding Opportunity - Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program Solicitation (TEXT) (PDF). Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2011-018-TIGGER. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov web site by midnight Eastern Time on August 23, 2011.
There are two eligible purposes for TIGGER grants: (1) For capital investments that will assist in reducing the energy consumption of a transit system; or (2) for capital investments that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions of a public transportation system. Project proposals may be submitted under either or both categories. FTA has established a range of funding that will be considered for approval. Each submitted proposal must request a minimum of $1,000,000 and must not exceed a maximum of $15,000,000. Proposals that include projects less than $1,000,000 may be applied for if they are part of a consolidated proposal submitted by the State Department of Transportation (State DOT) or a consortium of smaller agencies working in tangent that, in total, meets or exceeds the $1,000,000 threshold. FTA may decide to provide only partial funding for certain proposals to maximize the impact of this program. Detailed budget proposals and a minimum value needed to achieve project results are expected in all proposals. FTA encourages applicants with projects that are not technologically innovative, or which do not meet these funding thresholds to apply under the Clean Fuels program (FTA-2011-019-CLNF) which has simpler application criteria.
Under TIGGER, only public transportation agencies, Federally recognized Tribes or State DOTs may apply. A public transportation agency may apply for one or multiple projects in one proposal. Likewise, public transportation agencies working in a consortium to meet the minimum funding threshold may also submit a proposal detailing individual projects. Additionally, a State DOT may submit a consolidated proposal for multiple projects from one or more transit agencies in order to meet the $1,000,000 threshold. Consolidated proposals from either State DOTs or agency consortia must contain individual project level information, as described in Section 5 Application Content, for each project included in the consolidated proposal. Grant awards will be made for a particular project directly to public transportation agencies, Tribes, or State Departments of Transportation on behalf of a public transportation agency. Please see details in FR Notice Pages 37175 - 37184 [FR DOC # 2011-15913 PDF].
Complete proposals must be submitted by August 23, 2011 through the Grants.gov APPLY function. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the Grants.gov site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA's Web site and in the "FIND" module of Grants.gov.
Instructions on completing the Grants.gov application and FTA required forms (MS Word).
For Further Information Contact
Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Administrator (Appendix A FR DOC # 2011-15913 PDF) for proposal-specific information and issues. For general program information on the TIGGER program, contactWalter Kulyk, Office of Mobility Innovation, (202) 366-4995, e-mail:email@example.com.