Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) - Discretionary funding

​Information here will be updated as more program details are released by the USDOT.

Here is a list of transportation grant program WisDOT is monitoring (as of December 1, 2022):

Program and NOFO link About Eligible applicants Amount available Applications Due
National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program (Culvert Aquatic Organism Passage or Culvert AOP Program)For the replacement, removal, and repair of culverts or weirs that meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish. Anadromous fish species are born in freshwater such as streams and rivers, spend most of their lives in the marine environment, and migrate back to freshwater to spawn.Eligible applicants include tribes, states, and local governments.$196 million nationally for FY2022February 6, 2023
Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE)
FY 2023 RAISE Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity | US Department of Transportation​
RAISE Discretionary Grant program provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $12.1 billion for 14 rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.
  • ​​​States and the District of Columbia; any territory or possession of the United States
  • Unit of local government
  • Public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States
  • Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority
  • Federally recognized Indian Tribe or a consortium of such Indian Tribes
  • Transit agency
  • ​Multi-State or multijurisdictional group of entities
​The BIL authorized and appropriated $1.5 billion to be awarded by DOT for RAISE grants under the Local and Regional Project Assistance Program for FY 2023.

*The Department intends to amend this Notice to provide more details on or before December 14, 2022.
February 28, 2023 at ​11:59 p.m. (Eastern time)

For additional information:

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 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.

Here is a resource for examples and information on how to write grants:

Other federal resources:

​​ After application is submitted

​WisDOT has teamed up with UW TOPS Lab to help Wisconsin better understand BIL Discretionary Grant activity. Please complete this online​ form.

Tell us about your Federal Discretionary Grant submission

​​Request Letter of Support​

Complete this form to request a Letter of Support from WisDOT for a USDOT Discretionary Grant application. A draft copy of the application narrative and template of the letter of support (see example​​) are required. Requests should be submitted no later than 14 days prior to application submission.

Request Letter of Support

For more information, contact:​

Jessica L. Wagner
WisDOT Federal Discretionary Fund Coordinator​​
(608) 267-6979,​​​​