State Damage Prevention Program Grants

To improve State Damage prevention programs, which are intended to protect underground facilities from excavation damage.

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Personnel, equipment, and activities that are needed by the State authority to enhance damage prevention programs.

Grant funds may not be used for lobbying or in direct support of litigation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any State (including U.S.

Territory or possessions) authority designated by the Governor is eligible to apply for a grant as long an agency within the State (including U.S.

Territory or possessions) has an annual Section 60105 (49 U.S.C.) certification or Section 60106 (49 U.S.C.) agreement in effect with PHMSA.

If a State (including U.S.

Territory or possessions) does not have a certification or agreement with PHMSA, then no State (including U.S.

Territory or possessions) authority can receive a grant.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State Government, U.S. Territory and possessions would receive the ultimate benefit from this program.


A written application describing the current status of the State Damage Prevention Program and plans for improvements.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Through the website at

Award Procedures

Panel of stakeholders will review and score applications. Grants will be awarded to applicants with the highest score until the available funds are exhausted.


Applications due two months after opportunity is posted to


PIPES Act Section 2(b), which added Section 60134 to the Pipeline Safety Law (49 U.S.C.).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Sixty days after application deadline.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

There is a restricion on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. It must be spent within the calendar year of the grant.

Post Assistance Requirements


Status report is due six months after the start date of the grant, and a final report within 30 days of the end of the grant period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Grant recipient must maintain: (a) documentation supporting the cost incurred under the grant, and (b) information regarding any sub-awards made using grant funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $1,500,000 and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$0 to $100,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Pipeline Safety Regulations, 49 CFR 192.614, 49 CFR 192.616, 49 CFR 195.440, 49 CFR 195.442, 49 CFR 198.37, and 49 CFR 198.39 Individual copies of regulations may be requested from: Office of Pipeline Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE East Building, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 205901, Telephone: (202) 366-4595 Fax: (202) 366-4566.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, East Building, Room E-22-103, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-6942, Attn: Max Kieba; E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All proposals from eligible state agencies are considered for funding based on their statewide damage prevention program (or a detailed plan to develop a program within 4 years) that implements the 9 elements of an effective damage prevention program identified in Section 2(b) of the PIPES Act (Pipeline Safety Laws 49 U.S.C. Section 60134).

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