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:

Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program

  • Sponsoring Organization – U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)
  • Application Deadline – July 10, 2023
  • Summary – The Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary grant program funds regional and local safety initiatives aimed at preventing roadway deaths and serious injuries. The SS4A program provides funding for two main types of grants: Planning and Demonstration Grants (for comprehensive safety action plans, including supplemental safety planning, and/or safety demonstration activities) and Implementation Grants (for projects and strategies identified in an Action Plan that address roadway safety problems, and for other supplemental planning and demonstration activities).
  • Funding Available – SS4A grants are funded at 80 percent with a 20 percent local match. USDOT anticipates awarding ranging in value from $100,000 to $10 million for Planning and Demonstration Grants) and from $2.5 million to $25 million for Implementation Grants. Additional award consideration will be made for Implementation Grant applicants that have a high percentage of funds that benefit underserved communities, are in rural areas, request less than $10 million in Federal funds, and/or support geographic diversity. FY 2022 grants ranged from several thousand dollars for smaller projects to tens of millions of dollars for larger projects.
  • Application and Eligibility Website:

Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Discretionary Grant Program

  • Sponsoring Organization – U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)
  • Application Deadline – August 18, 2023
  • Summary – The PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program will fund projects designed to improve the resilience of the surface transportation system, including highways, public transportation, ports, and intercity passenger rail. There are four categories of funding under the PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program: (1) Planning Grants; (2) Resilience Improvement Grants; (3) Community Resilience and Evacuation Route Grants; and (4) At-Risk Coastal Infrastructure Grants. The PROTECT Program includes both formula funding distributed to States and competitive grants.
  • Funding Available – The PROTECT program provides $1.4 billion in funding over 4 years. Individual award amounts vary. Only 40 percent of award funds can be used for construction of new capacity. Federal cost-sharing will be higher if the eligible entity develops a resilience improvement plan (or is in a state or area served by MPO that does) and the state or MPO incorporates it into its long-range transportation plan.
  • Application and Eligibility Website
Multimodal Access Grant
  • Sponsoring Organization – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
  • Notice of Intent to Apply Opened – April 25, 2023
  • Notice of Intent to Apply Closed – May 16, 2023
  • Application Opens – May 31, 2023
  • Application Deadline – July 18, 2023
  • Summary – This grant supports the transportation needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users through infrastructure projects that address existing gaps along state routes.
  • Funding Available – Multimodal Access Grant projects are state-funded at 90 or 95 percent, depending on the economic status of the project county. The total project value will not exceed $1,250,000.
  • Application and Eligibility Website: Multimodal Access Grant (

Additional Resources

United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Navigator

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Grants

Mississippi Department of Transportation Grants Management