DOT to Award $500 Million in TIGER Grants in 2017

TIGERDOT is planning to award $500 million worth of grants to states for infrastructure construction projects. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will be selected from applications from state and local governments.

Since 2009, the TIGER grant program has provided nearly $5.1 billion to 421 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 140 projects to support rural projects across the nation.


  • As of last year, no pre-application required! Instead, applicants have to fill in a Project Information Form.
  • Applications are due Monday, October 16, 2017 by 8:00 p.m. E.D.T.
  • Registration on must be completed before submitting the final application and takes 2-4 weeks to complete.
  • Find out here if you are eligible for TIGER funds here.
  • DOT will debrief previous grant submissions with previous applicants.  Email [email protected] to schedule a debrief.
  • TIGER Discretionary Grants may be not less than $5 million ($1 million in rural areas) and the maximum is $100 million.
  • $500 million will be awarded in total by DOT.
  • Applications that include project partners must be signed by both parties.
  • A project partner need not be an eligible applicant as long as the lead is eligible.
  • An application can contain several project components as long as the components demonstrate a strong relationship or connection between them.
  • DOT is offering a series of webinars that delve into various aspects of the TIGER application process. More info here.


With a wealth of experience in planning and urban economics, ESI’s experts have been providing assistance for numerous clients nationwide who are seeking TIGER grants. ESI’s experts work with public agencies to help them compile the full application package and show to what extent their project will have positive economic, transportation, social and environmental impacts and achieve the desired outcomes of the these programs.

ESI has helped prepare TIGER applications for a variety of clients, including the following:

  • Bronx River Greenway in New York City, NY
  • Center City Philadelphia Dilworth Plaza, PA
  • SEPTA CSX Separation Project in West Trenton, NJ
  • Philadelphia Art Museum (Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive), PA
  • Secaucus Commuter Station, NJ
  • Waretown Road Construction Project, NJ
  • Ardmore TOD and Station Development, PA
  • Adams Green Transportation Improvement in Quincy, MA
  • New Haven Downtown Crossing, CT
  • Philadelphia Market Street & JFK Bike Lanes, PA
  • Waterbury, CT
  • Secaucus Brownfield Development, NJ

ESI can help with your benefit-cost analysis and TIGER application in the following ways:

  • Preparation of full benefit-cost analyses
  • NOFO compliance review
  • Third-party review and analysis of applications prior to submission
  • Full preparation of your application package

Contact Peter Angelides at [email protected] for more info.

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