The RAISE Grant program includes $1.5 billion for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact and improve transportation infrastructure. Expected impacts of funded projects include those that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address environmental justice, address racial equity and barriers to opportunity, and create good-paying jobs from modernizing transportation infrastructure making them safer, more accessible, more affordable, and more sustainable.

The USDOT will evaluate applications to award based on eight criteria. For each merit criterion, USDOT will consider whether the benefits are clear, direct, data driven, and significant, which will result in a rating of “high, “medium,” “low,” or “nonresponsive.”

The eight-merit criterion for RAISE applications include:

  1. Safety
  2. Environmental Sustainability
  3. Quality of Life
  4. Mobility and Community Connectivity
  5. Economic Competitiveness and Opportunity
  6. State of Good Repair
  7. Partnership and Collaboration
  8. Innovation

Applications will be rated:

  • Highly Recommended if five of the eight merit criteria ratings are “high” and none of the merit criteria ratings are “non-responsive.”
  • Recommended if at least one, but no more than four, of the merit criteria ratings are “high”, no more than three of the merit criteria ratings are “low”, and none are “nonresponsive.”
  • Acceptable if there is a combination of “high,” “medium,” “low,” or “non-responsive” ratings that do not fit within the definitions of Highly Recommended, Recommended, or Unacceptable.
  • Unacceptable if there are three or more “non-responsive” ratings.

FY 2024 NOFO Release Date: November 30, 2023

FY 2024 Submission Date: February 28, 2024

For additional detailed information, please see the U.S. DOT RAISE webpage.

FY 2022, 2023, & 2024 RAISE Grant Applications Submitted by MDT

Grant Application Name Project Type Grant Application Description Approximate Amount Requested
FY 2024 Applications
Lockwood Interchange Project Capital Reconstruct and reconfigure Lockwood Interchange to improve traffic operations. $25,000,000
Gore Hill Interchange Project Capital Reconfigure Gore Hill Interchange into a roundabout with an additional southbound lane to improve traffic operations and reduce congestion. $19,800,000
Mullan Road Project Capital Improve roadway geometry of Mullan Road to improve the driving surface and safety. $18,300,000
FY 2023 Applications
MT-37 Bridge Preservation Capital Rehabilitate or replace decks on 11 bridges on MT-37 between Libby and Eureka. $25,000,000
Eastern MT Timber Bridges Capital Replace 19 timber bridges near Dodson, Hysham, Forsyth, and Huntley that have exceeded their service life. $25,000,000
FY 2022 Applications
Belgrade Urban Improvements Planning Replace an at-grade highway-rail crossing with a grade-separated railroad crossing $6,000,000