Low or No Emission and Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Programs FY2022 Notice of Funding
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Update on USDOT Transportation Disadvantaged Mapping Tool: As part of our joint NOFO for Buses and Bus Facilities and the Low or No Emission grant programs, FTA asked for information regarding the impact your grant application would have on disadvantaged communities using the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) - Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts (Historically Disadvantaged Communities) mapping tool.
DOT has identified that the tool contained incorrect information that caused some census tracts to be incorrectly designated as disadvantaged or not disadvantaged. As of May 10, 2022, the tool has been corrected. To the extent possible, if you plan on including an image of the mapping tool output, please confirm that the disadvantaged community status has not changed for impacted Census tracts, and, if applicable, create an updated map.
Here is detailed information about the tracks that flipped:
- 5,129 changing tracts were incorrectly designated as disadvantaged, but USDOT has determined that they should not have been designated as disadvantaged.
- 3,187 changing tracts were incorrectly designated as not disadvantaged, but USDOT has determined that they should have been designated as disadvantaged.
If you used this tool to determine this information prior to May 10th, to the extent possible FTA would ask that you please resubmit using the updated functionality.
Details: 03/04/2022. Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the 5339(c) Low or No Emission Grant Program and 5339(b) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $1.1 billion in competitive grants under the Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program) and approximately $372 million under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program (Buses and Bus Facilities Program), subject to availability of appropriated funding. See the Federal Register Notice. FTA is combining these two grant opportunities in one NOFO, and applicants are welcome to apply to either program or both (see instructions below). Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.Gov as opportunity FTA-2022-001-TPM-LWNO for Low-No applications and FTA-2022-002-TPM-BUSC for Buses and Bus Facilities applications. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.Gov website by 11:59 PM Eastern Time 05/31/2022.
Summary: The purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.
The purpose of the Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.
Additionally, recipients are permitted to use up to 0.5 percent of their requested grant award for workforce development activities eligible under federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5314(b)) and an additional 0.5 percent for costs associated with training at the National Transit Institute. For applicants proposing projects related to zero-emission vehicles for either program, 5 percent of the requested federal award must be used for workforce development activities.
Eligible Applicants: The Low-No Program provides funds to designated recipients of FTA grants, including states, local governmental authorities and Indian Tribes.
The Buses and Bus Facilities Program provides funds to designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed-route bus operators, states, or local governmental authorities that operate fixed- route bus service, and Indian tribes.
Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424: All applicants must complete the supplemental form and attach it to their submission in Grants.Gov.
An applicant may submit a low or no emissions project to both the Buses and Bus Facilities Program and the Low-No Program, or submit the project only to the Low-No Program or only to the Buses and Bus Facilities Program. Please note if submitting to both programs, a separate application package must be submitted to each opportunity ID for the respective program listed on Grants.Gov.
Dates: Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 05/31/2022. 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.
FTA will be hosting the following webinars to discuss the requirements of the funding opportunity and how to apply. Potential applicants are welcome to attend any of the webinars. FTA is committed to providing equal access to these sessions for all participants. If you need alternative formats, options, or services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Webinar Presentation for FY 2022 Low-No & Bus Program Combined NOFO
- Recording of All Applicants Webinar for FY22 Low-No & Bus Program Combined NOFO
- All Applicants Webinar for FY 2022 Low-No & Bus Program Combined NOFO
March 17, 2022; 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
- Webinar for FY 2022 Low-No & Bus Program Combined NOFO with focus on Zero-Emission Fleet Transition Plans
March 22, 2022; 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
- Urban Applicants Webinar for FY 2022 Low-No & Bus Program Combined NOFO
March 23, 2022; 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT
- Rural and Tribal Applicants Webinar for FY 2022 Low-No & Bus Program Combined NOFO
March 30, 2022; 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
For Further Information Contact: For further information concerning this notice, please contact the Low-No/Bus grant program staff via e-mail or call Amy Volz, Office of Program Management, 202-366-7484. Applicants can also consult our FAQs.