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Grants and Financial Assistance

About FMCSA Grant Opportunities

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety grant funding opportunities are primarily available to State and local government agencies in one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. Applicants for FMCSA funding opportunities should be working on commercial motor vehicle safety activities and should demonstrate a capacity to work with highway traffic safety stakeholders which may include, but are not limited to, State and local law enforcement agencies, State departments of public safety, departments of transportation, State traffic records coordinating committees, associations that focus on commercial motor vehicle safety and training issues, and other industry stakeholders.

FMCSA State and local government grantees often work in conjunction with for-profit and nonprofit organizations including public and private institutions of higher education, businesses and independent contractor consultants. Specific eligibility for each of the FMCSA safety grant funding opportunities is defined below.

FMCSA Grant Programs

Border Enforcement Grant (BEG)

Eligible Applicants: An entity or State that shares a land border with another country.   Applications from local governments must be coordinated through the State lead commercial motor vehicle inspection agency.


Commercial Driver License (CDL) Program Implementation Grant

Eligible Applicants: The state agency designated as the primary driver licensing agency responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the CDL program or State agencies local governments, or other persons for high priority activities or emerging issues as identified by the Secretary of Transportation.


CMV Operator Safety Training Grant

Eligible Applicants: State or local governments; accredited post-secondary educational institutions (public or private) including colleges, universities, vocational / technical schools and truck-driver training schools. Primary funding priority is given to regional or multi-State educational or not-for-profit associations that recruit and train current and former members of the United States Armed Forces (including National Guard members and Reservists) and their spouses to receive training to transition to the CMV operation industry.  


Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) Grant

Eligible Applicants: The state agency designated as the primary agency responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of a CVISN-related system.


Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) Basic and Incentive Grant

Eligible Applicants: State MCSAP lead agency, as designated by State Governor; State MCSAP lead agency must submit a commercial vehicle safety plan (CVSP).


Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) High Priority Grant

Eligible Applicants: State agencies, local governments, and organizations representing government agencies that use and train qualified officers and employees in coordination w/State motor vehicle safety agencies.


New Entrant Safety Audit Grant

Eligible Applicants: State agencies, local governments, and organizations representing government agencies that use and train qualified officers and employees in coordination with State motor vehicle safety agencies. 


Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) Grant

Eligible Applicants: State agency designated as the primary agency responsible for CMV licensing and registration.


Safety Data Improvement Program (SaDIP) Grant

Eligible applicants include State Departments of Public Safety, Departments of Transportation, or State Law Enforcement Agencies in any of the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, or any agency or instrumentality of a State exclusive of local governments. The term does not include any public and Indian housing agency under United States Housing Act of 1937. (49 CFR Part 18).

Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014