The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of discretionary funds in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 for the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) ProgramThe Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2010 (Pub.
appropriated $75 million for grants to public transit agencies for capital investments that will reduce the energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions of their public transportation systems, referred to as the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program.
$100 million was previously provided for TIGGER in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and awarded by FTA.There are two eligible purposes for TIGGER grants:
(1) For capital investments that will assist in reducing the energy consumption of a transit system; or (2) for capital investments that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions of a public transportation system.
Project proposals may be submitted under either or both categories; however only one project may be submitted under a single proposal.
FTA has established a range of funding that will be considered for approval.
Each submitted project must request a minimum of $1,000,000 and must not exceed a maximum of $25,000,00 0. Applications for projects less than $1,000,000 may be applied for if they are part of a consolidated proposal submitted by the State Department of Transportation (State DOT) that, in total, meets or exceeds the $1,000,000 threshold.
FTA may decide to provide only partial funding for certain proposals to maximize the impact of this program.
FTA encourages applicants with projects that are not technologically innovative, or which do not meet these funding thresholds, to apply under the Bus and Bus Facilities or Clean Fuels programs, which have simpler application criteria on the Grants.Gov site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the deadline for submission.
FTA will announce grant selections in the Federal Register when the competitive selection process is complete.To proceed with a proposal for the TIGGER program, please visit FTA program website at www.fta.dot.gov/TIGGER for application instructions and additional program information.
On or around July 1, 2010 FTA will provide an electronic portal for applicants to enter descriptive and data elements of their proposal.
FTA suggests that interested applicants begin preparing necessary information outlined in the Federal Register notice immediately.
Additionally, FTA recommends that once an applicant visits the program website, sign up for automatic email notifications which will be sent out when content of the page has changed.
This will provide the applicant a way to receive updated information and notification when the application portal is available for data input.