The MCSAP formula grant provides financial assistance to State and local law enforcement agencies to increase CMV-related enforcement and safety activities nationwide. These MCSAP lead agencies work together with FMCSA to reduce the number and severity of crashes and hazardous materials incidents involving CMVs.
MCSAP is FMCSA's largest grant program, providing $304 Million in funding to 55 State and local law enforcement agencies in FY 2020. Through this funding and programmatic support – including the tools and resources featured on this website – the Agency partners with grantees to support consistent, uniform, and effective CMV safety programs.
Only State MCSAP lead agencies, designated by the Governor of each of the 56 States and territories as responsible for administering the Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan (CVSP), are eligible to apply for MCSAP funding. State partners work with FMCSA throughout the application and grant management process to ensure that funded programs improve CMV safety and support an efficient transportation system.
MCSAP consolidates several previously standalone FMCSA grant programs, as mandated by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. MCSAP now includes Basic and Incentive, New Entrant, Border Enforcement, and components of Safety Data Improvement, Innovative Technology Deployment (ITD), and Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) grant programs.
More Information on the MCSAP Grant
The MCSAP Grant is authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Pub. L. No. 114-94, §§ 5101(a) and 5101(c) (2015). MCSAP is governed by 49 U.S.C. §§ 31102 and 31104, as amended, and by 49 CFR Part 350.
To aid the MCSAP lead agency in developing the CVSP, FMCSA created an online tool called eCVSP. The eCVSP Tool allows a MCSAP lead agency to create an online electronic CVSP and track its progress from development through approval. Use of the eCVSP Tool helps States satisfy regulatory requirements and expedites the review, revision, and submission process between FMCSA and the MCSAP lead agency.
All applications must be filed electronically through Grants.gov. FMCSA requires the applicant to fill out a family of forms for each grant for which they are seeking an award.
Grant partners are required to monitor grant activities throughout the grant’s period of performance (POP) to ensure grantees are meeting their goals and fulfilling their safety mission. FMCSA monitors activities based on the data reported to FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) and State-submitted quarterly reports.
FMCSA provides a number of tools to help both States and Federal grant managers monitor performance throughout the grant lifecycle. States receiving MCSAP funding can review reports in the Activity Dashboard to monitor progress toward CVSP goals and assist in preparing quarterly reports.