Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

About IIJA

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century. It is also referred to as Bipartisan Infrastructure Law or BIL. This page provides information on the additional funding available through the IIJA and how to access it.

IIJA funds target five main modalities: Transit, Climate, Existing Roadway and Bridge Maintenance, Water, and Broadband and Cybersecurity.

Federal guidance favors projects that address equity, safety, sustainability, and reliability. These commitments should be considered from the initial ideation stage through the design, construction and maintenance of projects.

The Department’s goals are to:

  • Maximize federal dollars won by New Jersey, by prioritizing and supporting the most competitive applications
  • Ensure efficient deployment of funds by working with our county and municipal partners

Funding is either formula or discretionary:

  • Discretionary funds will be granted by US DOT through national competition.
  • Formula funds are provided to DOTs to fund programs administered by NJDOT or to fund NJDOT projects.

The information on this website is arranged in two overall groups.

  • Funding provided by U.S. DOT through various bureaus: The U.S. DOT programs can be found on the main page.
  • Funding provided by other Federal Agencies through various bureaus

Additional information including:

  • NOFOs or Notice of Funding Opportunities when released and other useful links will be posted here.
  • NJDOT’s recommendation: How to get your agency ready to apply for federal funds

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Bridge Investment Program
Bureau/Account: FHWA

Local governments are eligible for this new program to improve bridge and culvert condition, safety, efficiency, and reliability.
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Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program
Bureau/Account: FHWA

New grants will improve/expand infrastructure in rural areas to increase connectivity, improve the safety/reliability of people & freight movement & generate regional economic growth/improve quality of life.
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National Culvert Removal, Replacement, & Restoration Grant
Bureau/Account: Office of Secretary

This new program is for projects that replace, remove, and/or repair culverts or weirs.
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Advanced Transportation & Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program
Bureau/Account: FHWA

Local governments can apply for competitive grants to deploy, install, and operate advanced transportation technologies.
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Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program
Bureau/Account: FHWA

A new planning grant or capital funds are granted to the owner of a facility to restore community connectivity by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, mobility, access, or economic development.
Application Deadline: October 13, 2022
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Congestion Relief Program
Bureau/Account: FHWA

A city or municipality can apply to advance innovative, integrated, and multimodal solutions to reduce congestion & economic & environmental costs in the most congested metropolitan areas with an urbanized area population of 1 million+.
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Grants for Planning, Feasibility Analysis, and Revenue Forecasting
(Bridge Investment Program Set-aside)
Bureau/Account: FHWA

Local governments will be eligible. More details will be released as to how this grant will support projects to improve bridge (and culvert) condition, safety, efficiency, and reliability.
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Strategic Innovation for Revenue Collection
(Set-aside)
Bureau/Account: FHWA

Local governments may have the opportunity to participate in testing the feasibility of user-based alternative revenue mechanisms to help maintain long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.
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Construction of Ferry Boats and Ferry Terminal Facilities
Bureau/Account: FHWA

Eligible ferry operations can replace/acquire new ferry boats or propulsion systems; update navigational control systems; construct new terminals; improve access for the disabled; and replace/construct new docking facilities.
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Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities
Bureau/Account: FHWA

This new competitive grant is to test, evaluate, and deploy projects that reduce port-related emissions.
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Safe Streets and Roads for All
Bureau/Account: Office of Secretary

A political subdivision of a State is eligible for new funding to support local initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets.
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 Application Deadline: September 15, 2022
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Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grants
(Community Charging)
Bureau/Account: FHWA

New competitive grants for local governments to install electric vehicle charging and alternative fuel infrastructure in locations on public roads, schools, parks, and in publicly accessible parking facilities.
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Local and Regional Project Assistance Grants (RAISE)
Bureau/Account: Office of Secretary

Local governments can compete for funding that will have a significant local/regional impact. Applications were due May 23rd!
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Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost- Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Grants)
Bureau/Account: FHWA

Local governments can compete for grants to support planning, resilience improvements, community resilience/evacuation routes & at-risk coastal infrastructure.
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Nationally Significant Freight & Highway Projects (INFRA)
Bureau/Account: FHWA

Competitive grants for multimodal freight & highway projects of regional significance to improve safety, efficiency & reliability of freight & people movement. Applications are due May 23rd!
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National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Megaprojects)
Bureau/Account: Office of Secretary

This new competitive program will support large, complex projects that are difficult to fund & likely to generate regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits. Applications are due May 23rd!
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State Incentives Pilot Program
Set-aside within Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects - INFRA
Bureau/Account: FHWA

See INFRA opportunity.
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Capital Investment Grants
Bureau/Account: FTA

Local government agencies, including transit agencies can compete for grants to fund transit capital investments.
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Low or No Emission (Bus) Grants
Bureau/Account: FTA

Competitive grants are available for Counties & Cities/Townships to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses and bus related equipment and rehabilitate, purchase, construct, or lease bus-related facilities. Provides capital funding for low or no emission bus projects.
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Bus and Bus Facilities Competitive Grants
Bureau/Account: FTA

These grants provide capital funding to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses and bus related equipment and to rehabilitate, purchase, contruct, or lease bus-related facilities for counties and cities/townships.
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Urbanized Area Passenger Ferry Program
Bureau/Account: FTA

Counties, Cities/Townships can compete for funding for passenger ferry capital projects in urbanized areas.
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Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment Projects - (Less Set-aside)
Bureau/Account: FTA

Competitive grants for Counties, Cities/Townships to research and demonstrate novel approaches to improve public transportation service for a safer, environmentally cleaner, socially just and connected public transportation system.
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Airport Infrastructure Grants
Bureau/Account: FAA

Owners can apply for Airport Infrastructure Grants including Primary airports, certain cargo airports, and most general aviation/commercial service airports that are not primary airports but in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.
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Airport Terminal Program
Bureau/Account: FAA

This new program is open to a Public Agency owning a public use National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems airport. Grants are for capital improvements for airport terminal development.
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Port Infrastructure Development Program Grants
Bureau/Account: Maritime Administration

Public and Private Ports/Port Authorities can improve the resiliency of ports or reduce/eliminate port-related criteria pollutant or greenhouse gas emission.
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Railroad Crossing Elimination Grants
Bureau/Account: FRA

Local governments are eligible to compete for this new competitive grant to fund rail crossing improvement projects that focus on improving the safety and mobility of people and goods.
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Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization Grants
Bureau/Account: Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

New competitive grants for municipal or community-owned utilities (Not-for-Profit) will be made available to repair, rehabilitate, or replace natural gas distribution pipeline or to acquire equipment to reduce incidents and economic loss.
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Highway Safety Research & Development
Bureau/Account: NHTSA

Counties, Cities/Townships may be eligible for a number of research and development activities with respect to safety, human factors, countermeasures, detection of drug impaired drivers, driver education & State laws on safety.
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High Priority Activities Program
Bureau/Account: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Local governments can apply for grant program designed to carry out activities and projects that augment motor carrier safety.
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Wildlife Crossing Pilot Program
Bureau/Account: FHWA

Local governments can apply for projects that seek to reduce the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions and improve habitat connectivity.
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Charging & Fueling Infrastructure Grants
Corridor Charging
Bureau/Account: FHWA

New competitive grants for local governments to deploy electric vehicle charging and hydrogen/propane/natural gas fueling infrastructure along designated corridors and in communities.
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Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Program
Bureau/Account: FTA

This Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program that makes federal funding available to support the transition of passenger ferries to low or zero emission technologies.
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How to apply?

Prospective applicants should register at Grants.gov before applying. Do this well in advance of the application due date. For more information on how to apply please visit How to Navigate Grants.gov

The process is currently taking 4 weeks.

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NJDOT's Federal Eligibility Information

Any federal funding received through Local Aid requires an Eligibility Assessment. If your Local Public Agency receives a federal grant through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, FHWA will provide guidance regarding its assessment of your eligibility.

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