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ARRA Grant and Loan Opportunities in Texas

The Comptroller's office has compiled information, links and dollar amounts for potential funding opportunities in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Funding opportunities include competitive grants, grants distributed through preexisting formulas and loan programs. Where possible, we have indicated the amounts available in Texas. Information is subject to change.

To apply: Please contact the administering agency or visit Grants.gov.
FAQs: has additional information on applying for grants and loans.

A printable version of the ARRA Grant and Loan Opportunities in Texas (PDF, 121 KB) is available in .pdf format.

Transportation

Transportation
Program
Title
Administrator Program Description Total Available
(millions)
Source Eligible
Entities
Type of
Assistance
Application
Deadlines
Port Security Federal Emergency Management Agency
800-368-6498
Assists ports in enhancing maritime domain awareness, enhancing risk management capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices, weapons of mass destruction and other non-conventional weapons, as well as training and exercises and Transportation Worker Identification Credential implementation. Suspends the 25 percent matching funds requirement. $150.0 Federal Port authorities, port facility operators, and state and local governments Competitive Grants TBD
Public Transit U.S. Department of Transportation, FTA
202-366-4020
Grants for Transit New Starts/Capital Investment Grants: The program applies to transit new starts and small starts that are already in construction. Eligible projects must include a fixed guideway system which utilizes and occupies a separate right-of-way, or rail line, for the exclusive use of mass transportation and other high occupancy vehicles. Unlike other transit programs under ARRA, local matching is required for this program. Priority should be given to projects that are currently in construction or are able to obligate funds by July 17, 2009. Funds must be obligated by August 16, 2009. $750.0 Federal Local transit authorities Competitive Grants TBD
Tribal Transit U.S. Department of Transportation, FTA
202-366-4020
The Tribal Transit Program provides capital assistance to Indian tribes for public transportation projects. Allowable uses include maintenance of existing projects as well as new construction. Funds may be used for buses, rail systems, projects that improve acess to public transportation facilities, and other capital-related projects. $17.0 Federal Federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, or groups recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior Competitive Grants Application deadline: 5/22/2009
Public Transportation Security Federal Emergency Management Agency
800-368-6498
Public Transportation Security Assistance (PTSA) provides grants to enhance security measures for high-threat urban rail, bus and ferry public transportation agencies that have developed a security plan or undergone a security assessment under the 9/11 Act. Railroad Security Assistance (RSA) provides grants to state and local governments; railroad carriers, security-sensitive rail shippers, Amtrak, railroad car owners for security training for railroad frontline employees, the completion of vulnerability assessments, the development of security plans and the acquisition of GPS tracking on railroad cars. $150.0 Federal PTSA: high-threat urban rail, bus and ferry public transportation agencies; RSA: state and local governments; railroad carriers, security-sensitive rail shippers, Amtrak, railroad car owners Competitive Grants TBD
Small Shipyards U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
202-366-1850
Assistance to Small Shipyards: The program awards grants for capital improvements and related infrastructure improvements at qualified shipyards. Grant recipients must pay 25 percent of total project costs. According to the Maritime Administration, grants will be awarded based on: "(a) the economic circumstances and conditions of the maritime community near to which a shipyard facility is located; (b) projects that would be effective in fostering efficiency, competitive operations, and quality ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration; and (c) projects that would be effective in fostering employee skills and enhancing productivity." Either a shipyard or a state or local government on behalf of a shipyard can apply. The Maritime Administrator will award grants by August 17, 2009. $98.0 Federal Shipyards, state and local governments Competitive Grants Application deadline: 5/10/2009
Surface Transportation Grants U.S. Department of Transportation
202-366-9192
Eligible projects include a wide range of transportation types, including highway, bridge, transit, rail and port; applicants must demonstrate why their projects have national, regional or metropolitan significance. Grant amounts must be between $20 million and $300 million, although the minimum may be waved for projects in smaller areas. One possible avenue for funding is the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA). State and local governments are eligible, including transit agencies. Selected projects will be announced by February 17, 2010. $300.0 Maximum federal amount Texas could receive State and local governments Competitive Grants TBD
Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Federal Transit Administration (U.S. Department of Transportation)
202-366-4995
This program will provide direct funding to public transportation agencies for capital investments that will assist in reducing the energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions of their public transportation systems. $100.0 Federal Public transportation agencies Competitive Grant Project proposals must be submitted by 5/22/2009
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