Funding Opportunities

Memphis MPO Funding Opportunities

Under the guidance of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Tennessee and Mississippi Departments of Transportation (TDOT and MDOT), the Memphis MPO is responsible for managing several federal transportation funding programs that are available to eligible project recipients throughout the Region. These programs fund various surface transportation projects that support the Region's vision for the future of the regional transportation system. The MPO will continue to notify eligible project recipients of available funding opportunities for funding programs managed by the MPO.

Additional Funding Opportunities

In addition to the federal transportation funding programs managed by the MPO, there are funding programs managed by separate entities that area available to eligible project recipients throughout the Region. Current funding opportunities that are managed by separate entities are listed in the table below:

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE)
  • Sponsoring Organization – USDOT
  • Application DeadlineFebruary 28, 2024
  • Summary – RAISE discretionary grants help project sponsors at the state and local levels, including municipalities, Tribal governments, counties, and others complete critical freight and passenger transportation infrastructure projects. The eligibility requirements of RAISE allow project sponsors to obtain funding for projects that may be harder to support through other U.S. DOT grant programs.
  • Funding Available – $1.5 billion Nationwide, $25 million maximum award
  • Application and Eligibility Website:
2024 AARP Community Challenge
Bridge Investment Program
  • Sponsoring Organization – USDOT
  • Application DeadlineMarch 19, 2024
  • SummaryThe Bridge Investment Program is a competitive, discretionary program that focuses on existing bridges to reduce the overall number of bridges in poor condition, or in fair condition at risk of falling into poor condition. It also expands applicant eligibilities to create opportunity for all levels of government to be direct recipients of program funds. Alongside states and federal lands management agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and local and tribal governments can also apply directly to FHWA, making it easier to advance projects at the local level that meet community needs.
  • Funding Available – $9.7 billion Nationwide, $80 million (federal) maximum award
  • Application and Eligibility Website:
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program 
  • Sponsoring Organization – USDOE
  • Application DeadlineApril 30 2024
  • SummaryThe Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant  Program provides formula funding to local governments for clean energy and energy efficiency projects and programs.
  • Funding Available – $300 million Nationwide in flexible formula funding (reference link below for eligible local govts)
  • Application and Eligibility Website:
Safe Streets for All Program (SS4A)
  • Sponsoring Organization – USDOT
  • Application Deadline – 
    • Implementation Grants:
      • May 16, 2024, 4 p.m. (CST)  
    • Planning and Demonstration Grants
      • April 4, 2024, 4 p.m. (CST): Deadline #1  
      • May 16, 2024, 4 p.m. (CST): Deadline #2 
      • August 29, 2024, 4 p.m. (CST): Deadline #3 
  • Summary – The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over 5 years, 2022-2026. The SS4A program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. The SS4A program supports the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Roadway Safety Strategy and goal of zero roadway deaths using a Safe System Approach.
  • Funding Available – Up to $1,256,687,000 Nationwide
    • Implementation Grants: Maximum Award $25,000,000, Minimum Award $2,500,000
    • Planning and Demonstration Grants: Maximum Award $10,000,000, Minimum Award $100,000
  • Application and Eligibility Website: 
Community Change Grants Program
  • Sponsoring Organization – EPA
  • Application DeadlineNovember 21, 2024
  • SummaryThe Environmental and Climate Justice Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Community Change Grants Program supports community-driven projects that deploy clean energy, strengthen climate resilience, and build capacity for communities to tackle environmental and climate justice challenges.   
  • Funding Available – $2.0 billion Nationwide
  • Application and Eligibility Website:

Additional Resources

United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Navigator

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Grants

Mississippi Department of Transportation Grants Management