$5.5 billion in competitive funding has been made available by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant Opportunity (MPDG). MPDG is a package of three major grant programs for counties; Mega grants; Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA) grants; and Rural Surface Transportation Block Grants (Rural STBG), all of which authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Counties are directly eligible for funding, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 21, 2023.
According to the Kentucky Association of Counties, MPDG combines funding for FYs 2023 and 2024 and has a broad range of eligible surface transportation activities.
In response to NACo feedback on the common application process, USDOT has continued to offer these grant programs through a single notice of funding, allowing counties to apply to all three programs using one application.
This practice dramatically decreases the time and cost it takes to prepare a competitive application.