The DOT Federal Highway Administration is seeking applications for 2023 Work Zone Safety Grant Program.
Donor Name: DOT Federal Highway Administration
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $2,500,000
Grant Duration: 5 years
The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to solicit applications for the 2023 Work Zone Safety Grant Program and is expected to result in the distribution of up to $10 million in Federal funding to award up to 10 grants or cooperative agreements. The actual amount available to be awarded under this notice will be subject to the availability of funds.
The purpose of these proposed awards is to provide funding to qualified, eligible applicants to conduct training nationally for a wide range of workers on the prevention of injuries and fatalities in highway and roadway work zones, develop guidelines on work zone safety and operational issues and best practices that will assist State and local government transportation agencies and other entities in improving work zone safety, and to provide training based on these guidelines.
The goals of the Work Zone Safety Grant Program are to support the development of guidelines and the provision of training to enhance highway work zone safety. Areas of emphasis for this program expansion include:
- Implementation of products already completed under the program;
- Strategic extension on provision of existing training; and
- Continued identification of gaps in available training and guidance and provisions to address these gaps.
Work Zone Safety Grant Recipients shall perform tasks within the following work areas (hereafter referred to as “AREAS”), making use of, and building on, the products already developed under this program as appropriate:
- AREA 1. Highway Work Zone Worker Safety Training
- A variety of highway work zone worker safety training programs exist that are sponsored by various organizations and government agencies. The Work Zone Safety Grant Program provides funding that may be used to support the continuation and/or expansion of existing training programs, as well as the development of new training programs. The objective for AREA 1 is to award funding to qualified applicants to conduct training nationally for a wide range of work zone worker populations on the prevention of injuries and fatalities in highway and roadway work zones.
- AREA 2. Highway Work Zone Safety Guidelines Development
- The goal of AREA 2 is to provide guidelines that will assist State and local government transportation agencies and other entities in preventing and reducing work zone injuries and fatalities. The guidelines developed by the recipients should address work zone safety and operations issues and practices that cut across the spectrum of project development and implementation.
- AREA 3. Highway Work Zone Safety Guidelines Training
- The goal of this AREA is to provide training to State and local transportation agencies and other transportation groups/organizations on implementing work zone safety guidelines and to promote best practices to prevent work zone injuries and fatalities. The Recipients may make use of existing guidelines, including those already developed under the Work Zone Safety Grant Program. Applicants may choose to propose activities under this AREA that are directly linked to what will be developed under AREA 2 as part of this program expansion.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,000,000
- Award Ceiling: $2,500,000
- Award Floor: $250,000
- Period of Performance: The award period of performance for each agreement is anticipated to be no more than five years, commencing on the effective date stated on the agreement.
In accordance with the enabling legislation for this program, beginning with section 1409 of SAFETEA-LU, Pub. L. 109-59, and continued through section 11124 of The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, Pub. L. 117-58, competition is restricted to nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations (e.g., trade associations, universities, etc.) for the prime recipient(s). State and local Governments are not eligible for this award as primary recipients but are eligible as sub-awardees/sub-contractors. Applicants must demonstrate that they are a nonprofit or a not-for-profit organization. There is no limitation on the number of contractors or subrecipients that each applicant may propose. Note: Applications not containing verification that they are either a nonprofit or a not-for-profit organization will not be evaluated or considered for award. Suitable verification can include submitting a copy of the organization’s IRS certificate. Note: Proposed sub-recipients/contractors are not subject to this eligibility requirement to be nonprofit or not–for–profit.
For more information, visit Grants.gov.