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Heritage Trail in Manchester, New Hampshire | Photo by TrailLink user sc302

The competitive Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program invests in multimodal and multijurisdictional road, rail, transit and port projects that are typically harder to support through traditional U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) programs. These competitive grants are intended to make significant investments in projects that achieve national objectives. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $7.5 billion in supplemental funding over five years for RAISE—a substantial increase given a $1 billion appropriation in fiscal year 2021.

In the last cycle of RAISE grants, announced in June, USDOT announced an unprecedented investment in projects that advance trail and active transportation infrastructure. Nearly $2.2 billion in RAISE grants were awarded this cycle to “projects that will help more people get where they need to be quickly, affordably, and safely.” This round of funding marks the program’s most far-reaching commitment to connecting people and places by trails and other active transportation infrastructure. Grants that support the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians were distributed in 48 states and Washington, D.C. This remarkable level of funding for trails, walking and biking underscores the critical role of active transportation infrastructure in providing safe, equitable walking and biking routes—an essential activity to enable more people to walk and bike where they need to go, reducing transportation-related emissions.

Quick Facts:

  • Administered By: USDOT
  • Type: Discretionary grants
  • Year Created: 2009
  • Also Known As: Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants (2018 –2021); Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants (2009 – 2018)

RAISE Grant Eligibility

The following project types are eligible for funding:

Capital projects including but not limited to:

Planning projects include the planning, preparation or design of eligible surface transportation capital projects.


USDOT releases regular notices of funding opportunities and information about applying for RAISE grants on its website, here: Information on previous RAISE grants can be found here: RAISE 2021 Capital Awards and RAISE 2021 Planning Awards

RTC’s resources can help guide your strategy surrounding RAISE applications.

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