April 21, 2023

Infrastructure Update

Stay informed on U.S. infrastructure news and funding with our weekly article. 

Press Releases      


USDA Offers New Funding to Promote the Expansion of High-Speed Internet in Rural Areas 

April 17, 2023 | Source: USDA-RD 

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $20 million in BIL funding to deliver broadband technical assistance resources for rural communities and expansion of broadband cooperatives. The new Broadband Technical Assistance Program funds feasibility studies, completing network designs and developing broadband financial assistance applications. Funding is also available to help organizations access federal resources, and to conduct data collection and reporting.  


DOE Announces $250 Million to Accelerate Electric Heat Pump Manufacturing Across America  

April 18, 2023 | Source: DOE 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $250 million for the Heat Pump Defense Production Act Program to accelerate electric heat pump manufacturing. Funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, the program will be used to build a clean energy economy, create good-paying manufacturing jobs, and help families save money on their energy bills. Increased use of electric heat pumps, for heating and cooling, will help lower energy costs for more American families and businesses and create healthier indoor spaces through American-made clean energy technologies. 


EPA Seeks Input on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding to Support Clean Water in Underserved Gulf of Mexico Communities  

April 20, 2023 | Source: EPA

On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two virtual RFI opportunities for public stakeholders to share input on a new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-funded grant program. EPA is developing a program to support clean water in underserved Gulf of Mexico communities. The input gathered will inform a new $25 million Request for Applications (RFA) offered to the five Gulf states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.  


DOE Announces $82 Million Investment to Increase Domestic Solar Manufacturing and Recycling, Strengthen the American Clean Energy Grid 

April 20, 2023 | Source: DOE  

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $52 million for 19 selected projects to strengthen the domestic solar supply chain, and $30 million in funding for technologies that will help integrate solar energy into the grid. The research, development, and demonstration projects aim to enhance domestic solar manufacturing, support the recycling of solar panels, and develop new American-made solar technologies.


FHWA Opens Applications for $848 Million in Competitive Grant Funding to Make Roads, Bridges, Transit, Rail, and Ports More Resilient to Climate Change 

April 21, 2023 | Source: DOT 

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the availability of $848 Million in competitive funding for the first round of the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Program. The PROTECT program aims to reduce damage and disruption to the transportation system and improve the safety of the traveling public. Awarded projects will improve equity and further environmental justice by addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities that are often the most vulnerable to hazards. 



Federal Funding Opportunities:



Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Agency Deadline Funding
FOA-ETA-23-31 DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program DOL-ETA 04/23/2023 $80,000,000
DE-FOA-0002920 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office Funding Opportunity Announcement in Support of Hydrogen Shot DOE-GFO 04/28/2023 $47,000,000
MA-PID-23-001 2023 Port Infrastructure Development Program Grants DOT-MA 04/28/2023 $662,203,512
693JJ323NF00004 Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program DOT-FHWA 05/30/2023 $700,000,000
EPA-I-R10-PS-2023-002 Ensuring Environmental Justice, Human Wellbeing, And Ecosystem Recovery In Puget Sound EPA 05/31/23 $7,000,000
EPA-I-OCSPP-OPPT-FY2023-001 FY 2023 – FY 2024 Pollution Prevention Grants: Environmental Justice in Communities EPA 06/6/23 $8,000,000
DE-FOA-0002907 BIL Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program Section 40209 DOE-NETL 06/08/2023 $350,000,000
DE-FOA-0002826 BIL Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Pilot Demonstrations DOE-GFO 06/16/2023 $74,000,000
EPA-I-OCSPP-OPPT-FY2023-002 FY 2023 – FY 2024 Pollution Prevention Grants: Environmental Justice Through Safer and More Sustainable Products EPA 06/20/23 $8,000,000

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Committee Hearings on Infrastructure:


Upcoming Hearings: 

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 4/26/23  

Meeting: Hearings to examine opportunities to improve project reviews for a cleaner and stronger economy. 


Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 4/26/23 

Meeting: Hearings to examine building consensus to address housing challenges. 


Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight 

9:30 AM (EDT) | 4/27/23 

Meeting: Hearings to examine impacts of plastic production and disposal on environmental justice communities. 


House Appropriations Subcommittee on Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

10:00 AM (EDT) 4/28/23

Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Tribal Perspectives on Housing and Transportation


Past Hearings:

House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology  

10:00 AM (EDT) | 4/18/23 

Hearing: Establishing an Independent NOAA 


House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate and Grid Security  

2:00 PM (EDT) | 4/18/23 

Hearing: “American Nuclear Energy Expansion: Powering a Clean and Secure Future” 


Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety 

2:30 PM (EDT) | 4/18/23 

Meeting: Hearings to examine cleaner vehicles, focusing on consumers and public health. 


House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 4/19/23 

Hearing: FAA Reauthorization: Examining the Current and Future Challenges Facing the Aerospace Workforce 


House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology 

10:30 AM (EDT) | 4/19/23 

Hearing: Breaking Barriers: Streamlining Permitting to Expedite Broadband Deployment 


Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support 

1:30 PM (EDT) | 4/19/23 

Meeting: Hearings to examine military construction, energy, installations, environmental, and base closure programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2024 and the future years defense program.