Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Training Grants

To promote the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles (as defined in 49 U.S.C.

31301) through the training of operators and future operators of such vehicles.

Examples of Funded Projects

Grant awarded to enhance the State of Florida's commercial motor vehicle operator training program through community vocational education (FY 05).

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

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Houston Community College, Inc. $ 100,000   2020-08-012022-09-30
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College $ 76,500   2020-08-012022-09-30
Pittsburgh Institute Of Aeronautics $ 100,000   2020-08-012022-09-30
Community College Of Baltimore County $ 79,470   2020-08-012022-09-30
Eastern Iowa Community College District $ 68,850   2020-08-012022-09-30
Ivy Tech Community College $ 85,071   2020-08-012022-09-30
Commercial Driver Services Inc $ 316,000   2020-08-012022-09-30
Des Moines Area Community College $ 86,299   2020-08-012022-09-30
Hawkeye Community College $ 88,289   2020-08-012022-09-30
Johnson County Community College $ 79,900   2020-08-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

New program; no data yet available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance to persons who train operators and future operators of commercial motor vehicles (as defined in 49 U.S.C.

31301)in the safe operation of such vehicles.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State governments, local governments, and accredited postsecondary educational institutions (public or private) such as colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools and truck driver training schools.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.


State government agencies, local government agencies or accredited postsecondary educational institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The list of accredited postsecondary educational institutions is available on the U.S. Department of Education website at

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

File application package (SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, and project plan) with FMCSA Division office in the State where the applicant is located or electronically through (, including a detailed project proposal, following procedures in accordance with FMCSA guidance issued through a Federal Register notice.

Award Procedures

The amount of award to a qualified applicant will be at the discretion of FMCSA based upon a panel review of all applications, recommendations of the review panel, and funding availability. Successful applicants will be required to sign a grant agreement with FMCSA.


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


Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-59.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

60-90 days.


Applicants will be notified in writing by FMCSA 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 shall not exceed 80 percent of the approved expenditures in the project plan. A 20 percent matching share by the recipient is required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are available for the fiscal year in which obligated plus the next full fiscal year. Amounts not expended by the end of this period will revert back to FMCSA for reallocation.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly activity reports are required to be filed with the FMCSA Division office in the State where the recipient is located.

A program evaluation report is also required to be submitted no later than 90 days after completion of the grant period.


In accordance with the provisions of revised OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, nonfederal entities, including institutions of higher education, that expend $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from the Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular A-133.


Records of all program activities, including financial and programmatic records, statistical records and any other records, covered in the approved project plan must be kept for a period of 3 years after the grant is closed.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $1,000,000; FY 08 est not available; FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 05 $1,000,000 (single award.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

49 CFR 1.48; 49 CFR 18; 49 CFR 19; 49 CFR 20; 49 CFR 386-399, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; 49 CFR 100-180, Hazardous Materials Regulations, available through Government Printing Office.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, State Programs Division, MC-ESS, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, 20590. Telephone: 202-366-9579.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicant must submit an application including a detailed project plan consistent with criteria identified by the FMCSA. The plan must provide for the effective administration of a commercial motor vehicle operator training program.

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