Let's RAISE the Greenway

The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in 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 $8.9 billion for 12 rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.

2021 RAISE Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity

Applications due July 12, 2021. 

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$100 million invested in Greenway development in 2020

Thanks to funding from a number of sources, including federal, state and local governments, $100 million, across 13 states, was invested in continued development of the East Coast Greenway in 2020.

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Record funding accelerates Greenway growth at close of decade

Funding to develop the East Coast Greenway hit a growth spurt in 2019 with nearly $200 million awarded for planning, design and construction of segments from Maine to Florida. Leading the investments are two U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD grants: $18.1 million to Charleston, South Carolina, for a bike-pedestrian bridge over the Ashley River and $22 million to Miami-Dade County, Florida, and the Underline towards design and construction of a 10-mile multimodal and recreation corridor beneath the elevated Miami Metrorail.

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Charleston lands $18M to build bike-walk bridge over Ashley River

Years of outreach, advocacy and hard work by Charleston, South Carolina, bicycle-pedestrian advocates and the East Coast Greenway Alliance paid off with the November 6, 2019 announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the city an $18.1 million BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) grant to add a stand-alone bicycle and pedestrian bridge crossing the Ashley River.

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Trip to DC highlights BUILD portfolio

Three days of meetings in Washington D.C. recently capped the East Coast Greenway Alliance’s efforts to secure BUILD grant investments from the U.S. Department of Transportation for Greenway projects from Massachusetts to Florida. Eleven partnerships from seven states submitted BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) grant proposals this past July to plan, design, and/or build more than 200 miles of Greenway. Totalling more than $135 million in requests, the portfolio of proposals creates an unprecedented opportunity to develop the East Coast Greenway, especially in rural communities.

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Big vision: $135 million Greenway BUILD grants submitted to DOT

The recent submission of 11 BUILD grant applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation creates an unprecedented opportunity to develop the East Coast Greenway, especially in rural communities.

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An overview of the 11 East Coast Greenway projects submitted as grant applications in July 2018


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The BUILD program is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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