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Law Enforcement Strategies for Reducing Trespassing Pilot Grant Program (FY 2018)

Overview: FRA is initiating a “Pilot Grant Program” to assist communities at risk for rail trespassing related incidents and fatalities. The objective of this program is to evaluate the effectiveness of funding local law enforcement activities intended to reduce trespassing on the rail rights-of-way. For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Strategies for Reducing Trespassing Pilot Grant Program, please see the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Legislative Authority: Funding was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, Pub. L. 114-113, Div. L, Tit. I, 129 Stat. 2242, 2853 (2015), and authorized in 49 U.S.C. § 20108, 49 U.S.C. § 301(6) and 49 U.S.C. § 103(g)-(f). 

Amount: $150,000

Eligible ProjectsProjects eligible for funding under this NOFO are for enforcement activities focused on enforcing specific railroad trespassing law to reduce rail trespassing incidents and casualties, particularly in areas near railroad trespass “hot” spots.

Eligible Recipients: The following entities are eligible applicants for all project types permitted under this notice:

  • The applicant and co-applicant pool is limited to state, county, municipal, local, and regional law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
  • Applicants for this grant must have a demonstrated rail trespass problem in their community.
  • At least one mile of FRA-regulated railroad mainline track must be within the boundaries of the applying agency’s jurisdiction.

Required Application Documents:

  • Project Narrative (See requirements in section D.2.a of the FY 2018 NOFO)

The following forms are needed for the electronic application process and are available at    

  • SF 424: Application for Federal Assistance;
  • SF 424A: Budget Information – Non-Construction;
  • SF 424B: Assurances – Non-Construction;
  • FRA’s Additional Assurances and Certifications; and
  • SF LLL: Disclosure of Lobbying Activities

Additional Resources for Applicants

Applicants are encouraged to review the following resource documents (hyperlinked below), which are intended to aid applicants in preparing applications:

Electronic Grant Application Process – This website provides information on the preliminary steps required before registering with and then using FRA will not accept paper grant applications. All grant applications must be submitted electronically at

2 CFR § 200 – The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards provides a government-wide framework for grants management.

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