• Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grant Program — Create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters, and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas. Completed applications must be submitted by April 19, 2022.
  • Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) Program — This $1.4 billion program provides formula funding and several grants in order to improve disaster planning and resilience for transportation infrastructure. Beyond formula funding which states will administrate, these grants will be available:
    • Planning — As 10% of the annual PROTECT program, $140 million will be available annually for developing resilience improvement plans, providing technical capacity building to assess the vulnerabilities surface transportation assets and community response strategies, and performing evacuation planning and preparation. Applications will be announced.
    • Resilience Improvement (Competitive) — This grant is intended to help “improve the ability of an existing surface transportation asset to withstand one or more elements of a natural disaster, or to increase the resilience of surface transportation infrastructure for the impacts of changing conditions such as sea level rise, flooding, wildfires, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters.” Applications will be announced.
    • Community Resilience and Evacuation Route Grants (Competitive) — This grant are to “strengthen and protect evacuation routes”. Applications will be considered along their cost-effectiveness and how much they consider current and future conditions & vulnerabilities. Applications will be announced.
    • At-Risk Coastal Infrastructure (Competitive) — This grant is for strengthening, stabilizing, hardening, elevating, relocating, or otherwise enhancing the resilience of highways to protect them from weather, natural disasters, and changing conditions. Applications will be announced.