The High Priority (HP) discretionary grant provides financial assistance to enhance MCSAP commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety-related activities and support Innovative Technology Deployment (ITD).
FMCSA awarded more than $43.3 million through the HP grant program in FY 2019, including $32.3 million to 27 States, $3.3 million to six local jurisdictions, and $7.8 million to 11 additional entities, including nine universities.
The CMV safety-related activities funded under the HP grant can include increasing public awareness and education on CMV safety, targeting unsafe driving in high-risk crash corridors, demonstrating new technologies to improve CMV safety, safety data improvement, and other projects that help meet FMCSA’s mission of improving CMV safety nationwide.
The Innovative Technology Deployment (ITD) Program provides financial assistance to advance technological capabilities and promote the deployment of intelligent transportation system applications for CMV operations.
The HP Grant program is authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Pub. L. No. 114-94, §5101 (2015). HP grants are governed 49 U.S.C. §§ 31102(l), 31104, and by 49 CFR Part 350, as amended by FAST Act, Pub. L. No. § 114-94, §§ 5101(a) and 5101(c) (2015).
All applications must be filed electronically through Grants.gov. Additional application requirements will be indicated on the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement and all required forms must be completed and uploaded in Grants.gov within the time frame provided. It is recommended that all potential applicants provide projects that are related to the priorities outlined in the NOFO.
Eligible HP recipients include any State agency, local government, institution of higher education, non-profit organization, for-profit entity, and other persons, defined as an entity not included above and may not be an individual, foreign entity, hospital, public/Native American housing authority, or Federal institution. See the MCSAP Comprehensive Policy (MCP) for additional information on the FMCSA discretionary application review and approval process.
HP grant partners are required to monitor activities throughout the grant’s period of performance (POP) to ensure they are meeting their goals and fulfilling their safety mission. FMCSA monitors activities throughout the POP 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 grant managers monitor performance throughout the grant lifecycle. States can review reports in the Activity Dashboard to assist in preparing quarterly reports. Grantees can learn more about monitoring, reporting, audits, and other important aspects of managing grants in the FMCSA’s online Grants Management Training.