Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants are for capital and planning investments in surface transportation that will have a significant local or regional impact. Under the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, funding is additionally focused on strengthening infrastructure resilience to all hazards including climate change.

Eligible Uses

New program amendments prioritize projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are designed to sustainably and equitably address climate change impacts. Projects should directly support Climate Action Plans or apply environmental justice screening tools in the planning stage. Projects should include components that reduce emissions, promote clean water and air, and increase disaster resiliency. Funds are available as either capital or planning grants. 

  • Capital Grants provide funding for wildlife-related highway and bridge projects, as well as projects to improve habitat connectivity by replacing or retrofitting culverts or preventing stormwater runoff
  • Planning Grants provide funding for any planning, preparation, or design of eligible surface transportation capital projects (e.g., planning for disaster preparedness)

Eligible Recipients

State, local, and tribal governments; territories; a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more states; a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority; a consortium of such Indian tribes; a transit agency; and a multi-state or multi-jurisdictional group of entities are all eligible.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

In FY23, $1.5 Billion is available for the RAISE program. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invested an additional $7.5 Billion into the program over FY22-26.

Cost Share Requirements

  • An 80% federal share with a 20% non-federal match is required.
  • 100% federal share can be provided if a project is located in a rural area, a historically disadvantaged community, or an area of persistent poverty.

Application Cycle

Applications typically open 4th quarter and are due by the end of February.

Contact or call Howard Hill at 202-366-0301

Other Info

  • This program is covered under the Justice40 Initiative.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) offers technical assistance to applicants throughout the RAISE process.