The Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program (RURAL) was created in the BIL and will support project to improve and expand the surface transportation in rural areas to increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth and improve quality of life.


Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity:

The U.S. Department of Transportation published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $780 million in grant funding through the RURAL discretionary grant program on March 25, 2024. 


Important NOFO details:


Eligible Applicants

  • State DOT

  • MPO 

  • Local Gov’t

  • Public Authority 

  • Federally-Recognized Tribes 


Eligible Projects

  • Highway/bridge project eligible under National Highway Performance Program

  • Highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program 

  • Highway, bridge, or tunnel project eligible under the Tribal Transportation Program 

  • Highway freight project eligible under the National Highway Freight Program 

  • Highway safety improvement project 

  • Project on a publicly-owned highway/bridge that provides or increase access to facilities that support the economy of a rural area 

  • Project to develop, establish, or maintain an integrated mobility management system, a transportation demand management system, or on-demand mobility services 

Program Objectives

  • Safety

  • State of Good Repair

  • Economic Impacts, Freight Movement, and Job Creation

  • Climate Change, Resiliency, and the Environment

  • Equity, Multimodal Options, and Quality of Life

  • Innovation



  • $780M for FY2024

  • Award amount up to 80% of eligible project cost

  • Fed Share cannot exceed 80% of eligible project cost



  • 05/06/2024 - Applications due