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Reconnecting Communities Pilot Grant Program

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 20.940
U.S. Department of Transportation
Sep 30, 2024

The Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Program will provide funding for projects that reconnect communities by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity. The program will support economically disadvantaged communities to increase affordable, accessible, and multimodal access to destinations like jobs, healthcare, grocery stores, schools, places of worship, recreation, and park space. The program seeks to award funding to rural and tribal communities that face unique challenges related to mobility and economic development, including isolation, transportation cost burden, and traffic safety.

Program priorities include:

  • Rural and tribal communities
  • Housing supply
  • Safety
  • Climate and sustainability
  • Equity and justice
  • Workforce development, job quality, and wealth creation
  • Innovative solutions to reconnecting communities

Project types include:

  • Community Planning Grants - Planning activities for future construction projects and allow for innovative community planning to address localized transportation challenges
  • Capital Construction Grants - Projects to remove, retrofit, mitigate, or replace an existing eligible dividing transportation facility with a new facility that reconnects communities; mitigates a burdening transportation facility that is a source of air pollution, noise, stormwater, heat, or other burdens; or implements a strategy to reduce environmental harm and/or improve access through transportation improvements

Eligible applicants include:

  • States
  • Units of local government
  • Tribal governments
  • Metropolitan planning organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Partnership between a facility owner and any other eligible applicant
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $2,000,000 for community planning grants and $100,000,000 for capital construction grants
Project period: Funds must be obligated by September 30, 2027.
Estimated number of awards: 100
Estimated total program funding: $607,000,000

Planning grants have a 20% match requirement, and capital construction grants have a 50% match requirement.

Tagged as
Access · Capital funding · Infrastructure · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Transportation

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.