Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Program (CMVOST)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces its Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) grant program to provide commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operator training, including accredited public or private colleges, universities, vocational technical schools, post-secondary educational institutions, truck driver training schools, associations, and State and local governments, including Federally recognized Native American Tribal governments.

Donor Name: Department of Transportation

State: All States

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 04/03/2023

Size of the Grant: $200,000


Goals and Objectives

CMVOST financial assistance awards are aligned with the following DOT strategic goals and the National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS):

  • Safety: Make their transportation system safer for all people. Advance a future without transportation-related injuries and fatalities.
  • Economic Strength & Modernization: Grow an inclusive and sustainable economy. Invest in our transportation system to provide American workers and businesses reliable and efficient access to resources, markets, and good-paying jobs.
  • Equity: Reduce inequities across our transportation systems and communities they affect. Support and engage people and communities to promote safe, affordable, accessible, and multimodal access to opportunities and services while reducing transportation-related disparities, and adverse community impact health effects.
  • Climate & Sustainability: Tackle the climate crisis by ensuring that transportation plays a central role in the solution. Substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transportation-related pollution and build more resilient and sustainable transportation systems to benefit and protect communities.
  • Transformation: Design for the future. Invest in purpose-driven research and innovation to meet the challenge of the present and modernize a transportation system of the future that serves everyone today and in the decades to come.

 CMVOST National Priorities

All applications must support the purpose of the CMVOST grant program, which is:

  • to train individuals in the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles, and
  • to assist current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reservists, as well as certain family members, to obtain a CDL.

All applicants must provide

  • the number of qualified students/students of underserved communities/refugees expected to be recruited;
  • the number of qualified students/students of underserved communities/refugees expected to complete the training/course curriculum;
  • the number of qualified students/students of underserved communities/refugees expected to obtain a CDL;
  • the number of qualified students/students of underserved communities/refugees expected to be placed in CDL driver positions;
  • the duration and curriculum of the training for the students;
  • job placement and retention services/resources for the students following graduation;
  • an overview on how monitoring and evaluating protocols will be used to measure success and performance outcomes
  • proof that the institution is either accredited or certified to accept WIOA grants; and
  • proof that the institution is listed on the Training Provider Registry.

Applicants must provide the following information, if applicable:

  • proximity to a military installation or other nearby opportunities to reach veterans and/or members of underserved communities/refugees;
  • confirmation that the applicant has an on-campus Recruitment Office, Veterans Affairs Office, and Job Placement Office;
  • a copy of the published all-inclusive tuition and other costs a student would be required to pay to obtain a CDL, broken down by type (e.g., student activity fees, range fees, Medical Certificate, DMV fees and miscellaneous expenses);
  • whether published tuition cost includes any of the following: DOT physicals, required DOT drug testing fees, driver licensing fees, etc.; and
  • if and how the applicant will address the challenges faced by students of underserved communities and refugees.

Funding Information

  • FMCSA anticipating awarding approximately $3,200,000, as authorized by BIL.
  • FMCSA will limit Federal funding to a total amount of $200,000 per award.

Eligible Applicants

  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Small businesses
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses

Additional Information on Eligibility

  • Vocational technical schools and truck training schools

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