April 28, 2023

Infrastructure Update

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

Press Releases      


FHWA Opens Applications for First Round of New $400M Competitive Program to Reduce Truck Air Pollution at Ports  

April 27, 2023 | Source: FHWA 

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced the availability of $160 million in FY23 funding for the new Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities Grant Program. The funding will focus on projects that reduce emissions from idling trucks at ports and fund charging stations and electrical hookups for trucks through port electrification. As part of the Justice40 initiative, FHWA is prioritizing projects that will reduce emissions in communities near ports, as these populations are disproportionately affected by the environmental impacts. Applications for the program are due June 26, 2023.  


DOT Expands Investment in Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Grant Program 

April 27, 2023| Source: DOT 

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the Build America Bureau will add $24 million in grants to the Regional Infrastructure Accelerators (RIA) Program. The funding, now $34 million total, will expedite delivery of transportation infrastructure projects at the local and regional levels. According to the press release, Accelerators “serve an essential project development role that can focus resources, funding, and expertise to expedite planning, development, and delivery at the local and regional level,” allowing these communities to better compete for additional discretionary funding by “developing a pipeline of projects ready for investment.” Applications for the Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Program are due May 30, 2023. 


NTIA Releases Proposed Guidance for High-Speed Internet Program’s State Challenge Process 

April 25, 2023 | Source: NTIA 

On Tuesday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released proposed guidance for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. Established by the BIL, the BEAD program provides $42.45 billion of funding to states, territories and the District of Columbia for broadband planning, deployment, mapping, equity, and adoption activities. The new proposed guidance assists states and territories in the design and implementation of their BEAD challenge process and includes a model for how applicants can meet the requirements of a BEAD state challenge. The deadline to submit a comment to NTIA on the proposed guidance is May 5, 2023. 


EPA Announces $400 Million Grant Program to Fund Clean School Buses that Reduce Emissions and Protect Children’s Health 

April 24, 2023| Source: EPA 

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $400 million in grants for the Clean School Bus Program. The program will fund electric, propane, and compressed natural gas buses that produce either zero or low tailpipe emissions, resulting in cleaner air for students, bus drivers, school staff, and their local communities. EPA is prioritizing applications that will replace buses serving high-need local education agencies, Tribal school districts funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or those receiving basic support payments for students living on Tribal land, and rural areas. Applications are due August 22, 2023.  


Featured Awards:

$5.8 Million in Internet for All Grants to Tribal Lands

April 25, 2023 - On Tuesday, NITA awarded funding to 12 Tribes as part of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP). With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, these new grants bring the total of the program to over $1.76 billion awarded to 147 Tribal entities. The funding will help reduce monthly Internet service costs, plan for future Internet infrastructure investments, upgrade network equipment, and purchase devices.

$13 Million to Support Community Geothermal Heating and Cooling Solutions

April 25, 2023 - On Tuesday, DOE selected 11 communities across 10 states to support the community geothermal heating and cooling systems. Community geothermal systems provide heating and cooling to multiple residences and businesses through an underground distribution network, which reduces carbon pollution, lowers utility bills, creates jobs, and expands the adoption of geothermal heating and cooling systems.

$21.8 million for 33 National Scenic Byways Program projects

April 28, 2023 - Today, FHWA awarded grants for 33 National Scenic Byways Program projects in 29 states, including five grants awarded to Tribal applicants. The program funds facility and safety improvements and information along roads that recognize their outstanding scenic, historic, cultural, natural recreational and archeological qualities. These are the first NSPB grants awarded since 2012.

Federal Funding Opportunities:



Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Agency Deadline Funding
DE-FOA-0003065 Notice of Intent (NOI): FY23 Renew America's Nonprofits DOE-GFO 05/11/2023 NOI
DE-FOA-0002740 BIL Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) DOE-NETL 05/19/2023 $3,900,000,000
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 05/31/2023 $7,000,000
EPA-I-OCSPP-OPPT-FY2023-001 FY 2023 – FY 2024 Pollution Prevention Grants: Environmental Justice in Communities EPA 06/6/2023 $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 06/20/2023 $8,000,000
RUS-BTA-2023 Broadband Technical Assistance USDA-RUS 06/20/2023 $20,000,000
DOT-SS4A-FY23-01 Safe Streets and Roads for All DOT-DOT X-50 07/10/2023 $1,177,213,000
DE-FOA-0002940 BIL: Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Program and Building Training and Assessment Centers (BTAC) Program DOE-GFO 07/31/2023 $54,000,000
DE-FOA-0003055 Notice of Intent (NOI): Technical Assistance for the Adoption of the Latest and Zero Building Energy Codes or Standards DOE-GFO 09/30/2023 NOI
DE-FOA-0003026 BIL: Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (Affect) Advancing Net-zero Federal Facilities DOE-GFO 11/27/2024 $250,000,000

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Committee Hearings on Infrastructure:


Upcoming Hearings: 

Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 5/2/23 

Meeting: Hearings to examine improving access to Federal grants for underserved communities. 

Meeting Details 


Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 5/2/23 

Meeting: Hearings to examine reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, focusing on improving community resilience. 

Meeting Details 


Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development 

2:45 PM (EDT) | 5/2/23  

Meeting: Hearings to examine rural housing legislation 

Meeting Details 


Senate Committee on the Budget 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 5/3/23 

Meeting: Hearings to examine the real cost of fossil fuels. 

Meeting Details 


Past 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