March 24, 2023

Infrastructure Update

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

Press Releases      


FEMA Releases Updated Guide to Help Communities with Resilience Grants Process 

March 23, 2023| Source: FEMA 

On Thursday, FEMA released updated guidance to help applicants navigate applying for mitigation grant programs. Mitigation grants provide funding to State, local, tribal and territorial governments that address risks and reduce suffering from natural disasters. The HMA Guide now incorporates climate change and future conditions, equity, building codes, capability and capacity building, nature-based solutions and community lifelines as key principles for its grant programs. In addition, it provides guidance on a new program created since the last version, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, and includes updated guidance for the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, the HMA Program, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire. 


DOE Announces Over $200 Million to Modernize and Expand Hydropower 

March 22, 2023| Source: DOE 

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $200 million for the modernization and expansion of hydroelectric power and the advancement of new marine energy technologies. The Hydroelectric Incentives Program, administered by DOE’s Grid Deployment Office, has opened two solicitations: 1) The Hydroelectric Production Incentives, which will provide up to $125 million in incentive payments to qualified hydroelectric facilities for electricity generated and sold in 2021 and 2022, and 2) the Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives, which will invest $75 million to enable the implementation of capital improvements to boost efficiency. Applications are due by June 20, 2023 


DOE Opens Collegiate Competitions for Hydropower and Marine Energy 

March 22, 2023| Source: DOE 

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) opened applications for the second annual Hydropower Collegiate Competition (HCC) and fifth annual Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC). The Hydropower Collegiate Competition supports solutions to add power-generating infrastructure to existing non-powered dams. The Marine Energy Collegiate Competition supports solutions for ways marine energy can help power the blue economy. These two competitions help undergraduate and graduate students prepare for jobs in hydropower, marine energy, and related industries by challenging them to develop unique solutions to advance these technologies. Applications for both competitions are due April 24, 2023.


FY23 Community Connect Program Now Accepting Applications 

March 20, 2023| Source: RUS 

On Monday, the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced availability of $79 million in FY 23 for the Community Connect Grant (CCG). The purpose of this program is to increase access to the internet in rural communities, providing better resources for jobs, education, healthcare, public safety, and community development. Awarded projects will construct broadband networks that provide service to residential homes, businesses, and essential services (such as public schools, fire stations, public libraries, and public safety stations) located within the service area. In addition, the program requires that all essential community facilities and a community center are provided free services for at least two years. Applications are due June 20, 2023. 

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FWS Announced $20M to Support Boating Infrastructure, Local Communities and Outdoor Recreation 

March 20, 2023| Source: FWS 

On Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced more than $20 million in grant funding to construct, renovate, and maintain marinas and other boating facilities for outdoor recreation. The WSFR program and the Boating Infrastructure Grants are part of a state-industry-federal partnership which forms the cornerstone of state-based aquatic resource conservation and was reauthorized by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The program, along with a $2 billion investment from the BIL and the Inflation Reduction Act, furthers the work of the Department of the Interior in expanding outdoor recreation access and restoring cultural resources and open spaces. This year, grants will support an estimated 381 new slips and berths as well as thousands of linear feet of additional side-tie docking space, plus other amenities. 



Federal Funding Opportunities:

Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Agency Deadline Funding
DE-FOA-0002890 Research on General Plasma Science Collaborative Research Facilities PAMS-SC 03/27/2023 $3,000,000
DE-FOA-0002813 BIL: Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation DOE-GFO 03/27/23 $45,000,000
NOAA-OAR-CPO-2023-2007771 BIL: Climate Program Office (CPO), Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) Division DOC 03/29/23 $4,800,000
DE-FOA-0002969 BIL: State Manufacturing Leadership Program, Section 40534 DOE-NETL 03/31/2023 NOI
EPA-I-OLEM-ORCR-23-07 Solid Waste Infrastructure For Recycling (Swifr) Grants For Tribes And Intertribal Consortia EPA 04/4/23 $40,000,000
DE-FOA-0002779 Additional Clean Hydrogen Programs (Section 40314): Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DOE-GFO 04/7/2023 $1,250,000,000
FTA-2023-002-TPM-LWNO FY 2023 Low or No Emission Vehicle Program DOT-FTA 04/13/2023 $1,221,350,117
FTA-2023-003-TPM-BUS FY 2023 Buses and Bus Facilities Program DOT-FTA 04/13/2023 $469,445,424
DC-WP-23-001 Denali Commission Program Grants DC 04/14/23 $35,150,000
DE-FOA-0002756 2022 FOA for Energy Improvements at Public K-12 School Facilities - BIL - Renew America's Schools DOE-GFO 04/21/2023 $80,000,000
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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Featured Awards:

EPA Announces $170 Million WIFIA Loan to Help Limit Water Shortages in San Diego

March 23, 2023 - EPA announced a $170 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to Poseidon Resources in San Diego County, California, to support its Carlsbad Desalination Plant Intake Modification and Wetlands Project, which will help provide sustainable access to drinking water and protect local coastal wetlands.

DOT announces over $94 million in SMART Grants

March 21, 2023 - DOT announced the first round of Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant awards, totaling over $94 million for 59 projects across the country. Established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the new program provides State, local, and Tribal governments $500 million over five years to leverage technology to create safer, more equitable, efficient, and innovative transportation systems.

Committee Hearings on Infrastructure:


Upcoming Hearings:

House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/28/23 

Hearing: Reviewing the Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act 


House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/28/23 

Hearing: Government Response to East Palestine: Ensuring Safety and Transparency for the Community 


House Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security  

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/28/23 

Hearing: Budget Hearing – Fiscal Year 2024 Request for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency 


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

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/28/23 

Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Inspectors General of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation 


House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation 

2:00 PM (EDT) | 3/28/23 

Hearing: Maritime Transportation Supply Chain Issues 


House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Energy, and Supply Chains 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/29/23 

Hearing: Highlighting the Role of Small Businesses in Domestic Energy Production 


House Appropriations Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/29/23  

Hearing: Oversight Hearing – Addressing the Challenges of Rural America 


Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/29/23 

Meeting: Hearings to examine advancing next generation aviation technologies. 


House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management 

2:00 PM (EDT) | 3/29/23 

Hearing: Disaster Recovery: Examining Coordination and Reducing Duplication of Federal Disaster Programs 


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

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/30/23 

Meeting: Hearings to examine petrochemicals to waste, focusing on the lifecycle, environmental, and climate effects of plastic. 


Past Hearings:

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/22/23 

Hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2024 for the Environmental Protection Agency. 


House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies  

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/23/23 

Hearing: Member Day - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 


Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection  

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/23/23 

Hearing: "CISA 2025: The State of American Cybersecurity from a Stakeholder Perspective" 


House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology 

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/23/23 

Hearing: Advanced Air Mobility: The Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Beyond 


Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources  

10:00 AM (EDT) | 3/23/23 

Meeting: Hearings to examine the steps needed to address the cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the United States' energy infrastructure. 


House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation 

2:00 PM (EDT) | 3/23/23 

Hearing: Review of Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for Federal Maritime Transportation Programs, and Implementation of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 


House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Energy 

2:00 PM (EDT) | 3/23/23 

Meeting: Unleashing American Power: The Development of Next Generation Energy Infrastructure