Border Enforcement Grants

To ensure motor carriers operating commercial vehicles entering the United States from a foreign country are in compliance with commercial vehicle safety standards and regulations, financial responsibility regulations and registration requirements of the United States, and to ensure drivers of those
vehicles are qualified and properly licenses to operate the commercial vehicle.

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.

Office - Division Office of FMCSA as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

New program, data not yet available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance is provided to entities and States that share a land border country for carrying out border commercial motor vehicle safety programs and related enforcement activities and projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Entities and States that share a land border with a foreign country.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General Public.


Certification by the entity or State that it meets the conditions for grant approval and the State agrees that the total expenditure of amount of the State and its political subdivisions, exclusive of Federal amounts, for carrying out border commercial motor safety programs and related enforcement activities will be maintained at a level at least equal to the average level of that expenditure by the State for the last two fiscal years prior to October 1, 2005.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

File with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)SF-424 and SF424A forms, a certification that the State meets all eligibility requirements, and a State Border Enforcement Plan.

Award Procedures

The amount of the award to a qualifying applicant will be based on a panel review of all applications, recommendation of the panel, and funding availability. Applicants will be required to sign a grant agreement.


Applications must be filed with a FMCSA Division office in accordance with FMCSA guidance issued through a Federal Register notice.


Safe, Accountable, Feasible, and Efficient Equity Act, 49 U.S.C. Section 31107.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

90 days.


Applicants will be notified in writing by the Division Administrator if the application is not approved. There is no appeal process.


Eligible applicants must submit a new grant application to receive additional funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share of the grant is 100 percent of the expenditures approved in the State's Border Enforcement Plan provided the required maintenance of expenditure amounts are met.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for two fiscal years. Amounts not expended at the end of two years will revert to FMCSA for reallocation.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly activity reports, and a program evaluation report at the completion of the program, to be filed with the FMCSA Division office.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any one year shall have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that spend less that $500,000 are exempt from Federal audit requirements except as noted in the OMB circular.


Records of all programs activities covered in the State's Border Enforcement Plan must be kept for three years after the grant is closed.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $32,000,000; FY 08 est $32,000,000; FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

New program, data not yet available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

49 CFR 1.48; 49 CFR 386-399; 49CFR 100-180; 49 CFR 19. Publications available through the Government Printing Office.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Division Office of FMCSA as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

General Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Borders Division, MC-ESB, 400 Seventh Street SW, Washington DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-4049.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The applicant must meet the requirement contained in the SAFETEA Act. Additionally the State must submit an application including a State Border Enforcement Plan consistent with the national criteria identified the FMCSA.

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