Welcome to FRA’s FY14 Grant Application Solicitation homepage. The FRA recently issued a Notice of Funding Availability to solicit applications for eligible intercity passenger rail grade crossing improvement projects, positive train control (PTC) implementation projects, and Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan (PRCIP) projects. At least $36 million is available for awards under this solicitation. This website is intended to provide applicants with required application materials and additional guidance on topics referenced in the NOFA.
Applications for funding under this solicitation are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT, September 15, 2014, and must be submitted via Grants.gov.
The FRA recommends applicants read the NOFA in its entirety prior to preparing application materials. The NOFA specifies several administrative prerequisites that applicants must comply with in order to submit an application. Additionally, the NOFA specifies application requirements that may differ depending on the type of project and funding sought.
The FY14 NOFA can be downloaded here: FY14 Grant NOFA
Note: In addition to the funding opportunities described in the FY14 Grant NOFA, the FRA is soliciting statements of interest from groups of states that wish to participate in an FRA-led planning process for multi-state passenger rail networks. The FRA will be releasing additional information on this FRA-led planning process in the near future.
The following checklist outlines the application materials required to be submitted for each of the three eligible project types. The instructions for completing the Project Narrative is contained in the NOFA; the required forms and additional instructions for all other application materials can be downloaded by clicking each of the corresponding required documents below. Applicants must submit all required documents for the respective project type.
|Required Documents||Project Type|
|Grade Crossing Improvements||PTC||Corridor Investment Plans|
|Project Narrative (outlined in Section 4.3.1 of the NOFA)||X||X||X|
Statement of Work
|FRA’s Additional Assurances and Certifications||X||X||X|
|OMB Standard Forms|
|SF 424: Application for Federal Assistance||X||X||X|
|SF 424A: Budget Information-Non Construction||X||X|
|SF 424B: Assurances-Non Construction||X||X|
|SF 424C: Budget Information-Construction||X|
|SF 424D: Assurances-Construction||X|
|SF LLL: Disclosure of Lobbying Activities||X||X||X|
Applicants are encouraged to review the following resource documents (hyperlinked below), which are intended to provide (1) additional instructions to assist in the preparation of applications, and (2) an overview of certain FRA grant administration requirements (should an application be selected for award).
TIGER Benefit-Cost Analysis Resource Guide (all applicants) – This resource guide provides recommended values for applicants to use in monetizing benefits and costs of proposed projects. The FRA intends to award funds to projects that achieve the maximum public benefits possible. Analysis provided by applicants that quantifies the monetary value (whenever possible) of the anticipated public benefits of the proposed project will be particularly relevant to the FRA in evaluating applications. This resource guide was initially developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation for use in the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program. Only Sections 1 and 2 of the resource guide are applicable to the FRA FY14 Grant Application Solicitation – to avoid confusion, Section 3 (which is referenced on the first page) has been removed from the document.
Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan Overview (PRCIP applicants only) – This document provides an overview of the service development planning and environmental analyses required to complete a Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan.
For any questions or clarification related to FRA’s FY14 Grant Application Solicitation, please contact:
Mary Ann McNamara
Office of Program Delivery
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.
Mail Stop 20
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (202) 493-6393 Fax: (202) 493-6333