Fiscal Year 2023 Pollinator-Friendly Practices on Roadsides and Highway Rights-of-Way Program

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
April 8th, 2024
Close Date
June 18th, 2024
Total Funding
$3,000,000.00
Award Ceiling
$150,000.00
Award Floor
$0.00
Opportunity No.
693JJ324NF00015

Agency

DOT Federal Highway Administration (DOT-FHWA)

Eligible Applicants

Others

Funding Category

Transportation

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Fiscal Year 2023 Pollinator-Friendly Practices on Roadsides and Highway Rights-of-Way Program is a federal grant opportunity posted by the DOT Federal Highway Administration. This grant aims to fund the implementation, improvement, or further development of Pollinator Friendly Practices Plans (PFPs) on roadsides and highway rights-of-way eligible for Federal-aid. The program seeks to benefit pollinators by transforming suitable roadsides into pollinator habitat through the planting of native plants and wildflowers. By providing habitat for pollinators, such as opportunities for feeding, nesting, and breeding, roadsides can contribute to the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and the provision of ecological services like crop pollination. State DOTs, Indian tribes, and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) are eligible to apply for this grant. The total funding available in this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is up to $3 million, with an award ceiling of $150,000. The close date for applications is June 18, 2024. For more information, contact Mishel R McCants at pollinators@dot.gov.

Description

Section 11528 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Pub. L. 117-58, November 15, 2021), established the Pollinator-Friendly Practices on Roadsides and Highway Rights-of-Way Program (Roadside Pollinator Program), codified at 23 U.S.C. 332. This is the first NOFO under this program, and the total amount of funding available in this NOFO is up to $3 million. FHWA will award funding to State DOTs, Indian Tribes, and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) who are seeking to benefit pollinators on roadsides and highway rights-of-way on routes eligible for Federal-aid.The goals of the Roadside Pollinator Program are to fund the implementation, improvement, or further development of the applicants’ Pollinator Friendly Practices Plan (Plan) on routes eligible for Federal-aid. The United States has an estimated 3.9 million miles of roadway and suitable roadsides and rights-of-way represent a significant area that can be transformed into pollinator habitat through the planting of native plants and wildflowers. Roadsides can provide habitat for a diverse community of pollinators, including opportunities to forage for feeding, nesting and breeding. Roadsides extend across a variety of landscapes and can support ecological connectivity and the dispersal of pollinators by linking fragmented habitats. By acting as refugia for pollinators in otherwise inhospitable landscapes, roadside habitat can contribute to the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and provision of ecological services such as crop pollination services.The Roadside Pollinator Program is a unique program that has some important differences from other FHWA and DOT discretionary grant programs, including the requirement for an applicant to submit a Plan (23 U.S.C. 332(c) and (d)), the requirement for FHWA to fund all satisfactory applications (23 U.S.C. 332(e)(1)), and the requirement for FHWA to base the amount of all awards on the number of PFPs that the applicant has implemented or plans to implement (23 U.S.C. 332(e)(2)(A)). Due to the unique nature of the Roadside Pollinator Program, FHWA is requiring applicants to use an Application Template.The Roadside Pollinator Program may fund the implementation of pollinator-friendly practices (PFPs) included in a Plan or the improvement or further development of a Plan (23 U.S.C. 332(f)). The total activities to be funded by an applicant with a Roadside Pollinator Program award are referred to as the “Roadside Pollinator Project” throughout this NOFO.

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