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June 16, 2023

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FHWA Funding Guidebook updated

Many funding opportunities!

Funding Opportunities

Transportation Funding Opportunities for Tribal Nations


The purpose of this document is to provide information to Tribes on new and existing highway and bridge transportation funding programs for which Tribes are eligible. Updated June 1, 2023.

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FHWA Funding Brochure

TTP Bridge Program

The TTP Bridge Program provides funding to carry out the design, preconstruction activities and construction of bridges that are on the National Tribal Transportation Facility Inventory. The new Infrastructure Law set aside 165 million dollars per year for the next four years to fund the TTP Bridge Program. Information about the TTP Bridge Program can be found at  If you have questions concerning the TTP Bridge Program, you may contact the FHWA Bridge Program Manager Russell Garcia at 703-404-6223 or

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Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) 2023

The fiscal year (FY) 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Safe Streets and Roads for All grants is live on and open for applications. More than $1-billion is available under this announcement for Comprehensive Safety Action Plans and implementation activities.

The deadline to submit technical questions to is June 16, 2023.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. (EDT) Monday, July 10, 2023.


Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

FTA today announced the availability of $8.9 million in Fiscal Year 2023 competitive grant funding to support transit services for American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages in rural areas. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed into law by President Biden in November 2021, increased competitive funding for the Tribal Transit Program by nearly 83% per year for five years. This is the second consecutive year of increased funding for the program through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Instructions for applying can be found on GRANTS.GOV (FTA-2023-010-TPM-TRIBAL). Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV “APPLY” function by June 26, 2023

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Wildlife Crossings Program

The Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program (WCPP) is a competitive grant program with the goal of reducing Wildlife Vehicle Collisions (WVCs) while improving habitat connectivity for terrestrial and aquatic species.

In creating the WCPP, Congress found that there are more than 1,000,000 WVCs annually which present a danger to human safety and wildlife survival, cost over $8 billion, and result in approximately tens of thousands of serious injuries and hundreds of fatalities on U.S. roadways.

Grant applications are due on August 1, 2023.

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Upcoming Trainings

Registration now open for NTICC 2023!

September 24-28

Anchorage, Alaska

NTICC Info & Registration

Upcoming Events / Meetings

July 25-27

Twin Arrows Casino

Flagstaff, AZ

Meeting Minutes from May 2023

National Summit on Rural Road Safety

September 12-14, 2023

Oklahoma City

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In the News

Continued Regulatory Turmoil for “Waters of the US”

Following the publishing of the “Revised Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’” in the Federal Register in January 2023—which itself sought to update and streamline regulatory definitions for jurisdictional waters—a flurry of litigation and subsequent court rulings have again led to confusion over the regulatory definition of Waters of the US (WOTUS). These rulings have paused the use of the 2023 rules, relegating jurisdictional rulings to the pre-2015 regulatory regime. However, these court rulings were made within State and regional courts and thus were geographically limited to the local jurisdictions of each court, leaving a mix of regulatory regimes based on each state.

Furthermore, a recent Supreme Court ruling—which equally affects all states—creates a major change in determining jurisdictionality of wetlands. In a unanimous ruling for Sackett v. EPA, the Supreme Court determined that jurisdictional wetlands must have a direct surficial water connection with an existing WOTUS. This ruling overrules a previous Supreme Court opinion by Justice Kennedy in the 2008 Rapanos decision. 

The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers, the regulatory agencies for WOTUS, are currently working on updating guidance given these recent rulings. More details on the status of WOTUS regulations and recent court rulings can be found at:


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TTPCC Meeting in Flagstaff, AZ

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