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Low or No Emission Grants FAQs

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Lease payments are considered a capital expense and are eligible under the Low-No Program. If an applicant proposes a capital lease in the application, the grantee will be required to provide the local match as the time of each payment under the lease agreement. In the case of the Low-No program, local funds must comprise 15% of each lease payment.

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The NOFO states applicants can request Low-No funds for the incremental cost of low-no buses over standard vehicles. Applicants may choose to combine formula and Low-No funding. If an applicant chooses to include formula funding in an application that includes a partnership, the applicant will not have to go through the competitive procurement process. The Low-No Program’s competitive selection process satisfies the requirement for a competitive procurement.

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Funds must be obligated within three fiscal years after the fiscal year the funds were made available.  For example, if the funds were made available in the fall of 2017, the funds must be obligated by September 30, 2020.

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No, if you have registered and are up to date you should be able to apply for these opportunities.

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Pre-award authority starts on the day the projects are announced. Projects will not be eligible for grant reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the date of announcement.

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Only designated recipients of FTA funds, states, local governmental authorities and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for funds. If you are unsure about whether you can apply for funding, please contact your FTA Regional Office or your state’s Department of Transportation.

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Funds cannot be used to retrofit an existing facility with solar panels unless the panels are necessary for the operation of electric vehicles.  An agency can use Low-No funds to build a maintenance facility that uses solar panels if the facility is incidental to the operation of electric vehicles.

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Grants.gov will allow you to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents may be helpful to reviewers, as they may confirm what is stated in the narrative.

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No, this is no longer a program requirement or selection criterion.

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There is no minimum or maximum application amount. Depending on the applications received, FTA may cap awards at a particular amount to ensure a diversity of funded projects.

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Although the match for Low-No projects is 85% federal, 15% local match, workforce development match for CAA and ADA projects is still 80% federal, 20% local

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If an applicant is a direct recipient of FTA funds, then the application should be submitted to the FTA directly. States may only apply on behalf of rural and small urbanized areas. States do not review the applications once they are submitted to FTA. If selected, the project will need to be added to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program in cooperation with the MPO and/or state DOT.

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The state should submit separate proposals on behalf of its small urbanized and rural areas. Each agency should have its own SF-424 and supplemental form.

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No. FTA cannot discuss specific applications once the debrief period ends. Agencies have 30 days to request a debrief once the selected projects are published in the Federal Register Notice (FRN).  The FRN for the 2016 cycle was published on September 7, 2016.  Debriefs were conducted from July 27, 2016, when the projects were announced, until mid-October 2016.

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Yes. Each can be considered a separate project. However it is up to the applicant whether to present multiple related activities as a single project or as multiple independent projects. For projects with multiple components, DFTA encourages applicants to identify how the project can be scaled.

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Administrative costs must be directly related to implementing or overseeing a project. For examples of eligible administrative costs, refer to 2 CFR Part 225, Appendix B to Part 225 - Selected Items of Cost.

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A local government authority includes: (1) a political subdivision of a state, (2) an authority of at least one state or political subdivision of a state, (3) an Indian tribe, or (4) a public corporation, board, or commission established under the laws of a state.

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The character limit for each response is 4,000 characters. If you have additional information you would like to provide, you may include it as a separate attachment and reference the attachment in the narrative response. Please note that attachments should be used to support the narrative responses and that information or documents not cited in the narrative may not be reviewed.

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Direct recipients receive funding directly from FTA. Designated recipients have been designated by the state governor or his/her designee to receive and/or sub-allocate. Both direct and designated recipients are eligible to apply directly for the Low-No program.

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The appropriate documentation may vary depending on the source of local match. Examples could include a city council or board resolution to provide local match for the project or a letter from the state attesting to the availability of state funding for the project.

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