2021 BUILD Discretionary Grants NOFO Forthcoming

The 2021 federal grant application season is already upon us, and EBP is ready to apply its experience in grant support for another batch of promising applications.

USDOT is expected to soon announce a new round of competitive grants through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant program. By April 26, 2021, (the statutory deadline), USDOT will publish the final FY 2021 BUILD Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) at grants.gov and at https://www.transportation.gov/buildgrants/build-nofo.

While this year’s program may see some changes from last year, the basic parameters of the BUILD grant program can be inferred from prior years’ criteria.  Key features of the 2020 BUILD grant program included the following:

  • provided a total of $500 billion in grants for road, rail, transit, and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives such as connectivity, reliability, health and safety, regional connectivity, and economic growth or competitiveness
  • passenger and freight projects were eligible and encouraged
  • directed that grant funds be split roughly 50-50 between urban and rural areas
  • encouraged rural projects that enhance economic opportunities including expanded broadband, enhanced safety, and energy independence
  • required projects to be “shovel ready,” based on factors such as environmental approvals, engineering progress, and financial commitments. BUILD funds must be obligated within two years of the end of the fiscal year for which they are authorized

The EBP team has more than two decades of experience in providing successful consultation on transportation grant applications, ranging from performing the required benefit-cost analysis to preparing the full application. EBP offers a wide spectrum of BCA tools recognized by USDOT, including easily understood and communicated spreadsheet applications, as well as the Multimodal Benefit Cost Analysis tool available through TREDIS software. In the last three years, applications we have supported have won over $44 million in federal grants. Selected recent experience includes:                                 


Contact Ira Hirschman of EBP for more information. For more on the MBCA and TREDIS tools, contact Jon Lee of TREDIS Software.