To help address the need for improved infrastructure among communities nationwide, the US Department of Transportation is funding $1.5 billion in competitive grants to local and state governments through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program in 2022. An additional $6 billion—at minimum—will be made available through this program over the next four years. Previous RAISE grants have focused on projects that advance complete street improvements, new bike and pedestrian greenways, and public transportation projects. This year’s grant criteria are targeted toward underserved communities, which have historically borne the brunt of the United States’ infrastructure shortcomings. This fact sheet is intended to help communities identify key goals to target in their applications for RAISE funds.
A Short Guide to Using Federal RAISE Funds to Improve Communities