THE FEDERAL FUNDING OUTLET

THE BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW TOOLKIT

Many communities in the South stand to benefit greatly from the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which could have a tremendous impact on clean water, broadband, transportation, and more.

WHAT IS BIL?

From FY 2022 to FY 2026, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment (BIL) will allocate $973 billion, including $550 billion in new investments across transportation modes, water, power and energy, environmental remediation, public lands, broadband and resilience. The BIL not only authorizes numerous programs but also provides multi-year funding in advance to a number of federal departments and agencies.

INSIDE THE BIL TOOLKIT​

BIL made historic funding available for investments in transportation, climate mitigation and resilience, environmental protection, and broadband access. To accompany the comprehensive guidebook and data released by the White House, this guide offers a step-by-step approach to identifying funding for initiatives that work synergistically to lower carbon emissions, build resiliency, and prioritize equity.

This chart summarizes BIL funding opportunities (organized by emissions reduction strategies and resiliency strategies) and highlights potential co-benefits.
 

Communities hold immense knowledge of chronic challenges, unmet needs, and emerging issues in their neighborhoods. SEAP's report, Investing in an Equitable, Low-Carbon, Resilient Future: A Guide to Using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for Climate Co-benefits, provides good examples of community engagement. 

While some funding, such as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is specifically for low-income households needing assistance with their heating and cooling energy costs, other funding streams in BIL will need equity frameworks and targets to reach disadvantaged communities.

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This playbook is intended to help rural communities understand the available funding for infrastructure provided by the BIL and other sources – offering information on the “what, where, and how” to apply for federal infrastructure dollars.

These state-by-state fact sheets provide more detailed information about announced funding and projects in each state, along with anticipated funding by category over the next 5 years.

The Local Infrastructure Hub is a national program designed to connect cities and towns with the resources and expert advice they need to access federal infrastructure funding in order to drive local progress, improve communities, and deliver results for residents. The hub includes opportunities for small and mid-size cities to receive technical assistance on grant applications. 

The passage of BIL provided some investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience to climate impacts. Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) has created this faith community resource spreadsheet to help houses of worship identify federal grant and tax credit opportunities that are available.

In January of 2020, President Biden issued Executive Order 14008. The order directed the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool. The tool has an interactive map and uses datasets that are indicators of burdens in eight categories: climate change, energy, health, housing, legacy pollution, transportation, water and wastewater, and workforce development. The tool uses this information to identify communities that are experiencing these burdens. 

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