Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program

What does this funding get me?

This grant funds projects that improve walkability, safety, and affordable transportation access through context-sensitive strategies and address existing transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity or negative impacts on the human or natural environment.

Example projects include: 

  • Improving, retrofitting, or replacing transit facilities 
  • Building or improving complete streets, multi-use trails, greenways, etc. 
  • Reducing noise, greenhouse gas emissions, and/or urban heat islands in disadvantaged communities resulting from transportation 
  • Planning and capacity building in underserved communities (see the DOT website below for a full list of eligible activities) 

Am I eligible?

Eligible entities include a state government, a local government, a Federally recognized tribe, a Metropolitan Planning Organization, or a nonprofit organization.

Note that nonprofits must partner with an eligible entity and are limited to grants for planning and capacity-building activities in underserved communities. 

How can I access the money?

Through the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). See their fact sheet here. The FHA also provides support and technical assistance for this and other funding opportunity. Details here.

What is the timeline?

Funds are available until September 30, 2026. The first funding opportunity was released in July 2023, with applications due at the end of September 2023. Check back for the next round of funding opportunities. 

This program will provide $3 billion over 5 years, including $135 million for Community Planning Grants, up to $2.5 billion for Capital Construction Funds, and up to $450 million for Regional Partnership Challenge Grants.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

The Department of Transportation is combining this program and the Reconnecting Communities Pilot into one Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Where can I get more information?

  • Full Information from DOT (Including Eligible Projects)
  • This navigator is a resource to help communities understand the best ways to apply for grants and plan for and deliver transformative infrastructure projects and services.
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit REACT4EJ.org to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For questions about updates to this program, email Meech Carter at info@energyfundsforall.org
  • For application-specific questions, contact Tameka MaconRyan at tameka.maconryan@dot.gov or Andrew Emanuele at Andrew.emanuele@dot.gov.