The first step in the grant application process is to review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The NOFO will vary slightly depending on the grant opportunity, but generally contains the following information:
- Eligible projects and recipients
- Grant award, including minimum and maximum amounts
- Special set-asides or allocations (e.g., for planning studies, projects in rural areas, etc.)
- Required local match
- Scoring criteria and emphasis areas
- The statutory deadline for obligating funds
- Grant application deadline
- When grant awards will be announced
Next, select a project or projects based on eligibility criteria and requirements as outlined in the NOFO. Then begin creating an application based on the program requirements. Solicit technical assistance from USDOT in developing an application as needed.
Create an account with
Grants.gov in order to upload application materials. Do this early in the process to become familiar with the site and begin organizing your application materials. The site also has resources and notes on other grant opportunities that may be available.
Submit all martials as required by the grant and note the deadlines. Other tips include:
- Respond to each scoring criterion or note when it is not applicable to your project
- Support statements with data or documentation whenever possible
- Conduct a Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) by following USDOT guidance
- Note local matches to show a strong local commitment to the project
After submission, complete the form noted
below which will help Wisconsin better monitor BIL Discretionary Grant activity.
Finally, USDOT reviews all submitted grant applications and provides decision notification of projects selected for funding.
Those projects not selected should carefully review any feedback provided, sign up for a debrief meeting with USDOT, and consider re-submitting the project during the next cycle, making sure to address any deficiencies in the previous application.
Additional resources on how to apply and the grant life cycle are outlined on
USDOT’s Discretionary Grant Process webpage.