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**Late Application Notice**

Applicants who are unable to successfully submit their application package through grants.gov prior to 5:00PM EDT on Monday, April 28, 2014 MUST submit an e-mail to TIGERGrants@dot.gov before 5:00 PM EDT on April 28th with the following information:

  • The nature of the technical difficulties experienced in attempting to submit an application AND a screenshot of the error;
  • The “Legal Name” for the applicant that was provided in field 8a of the SF-424;
  • The name of the “Submitter” of the SF-424 if different from field 8a;
  • The Grants.Gov tracking number (e.g. GRANT12345678).

DOT will consider late applications on a case-by-case basis and reserves the right to reject late applications which do not meet the conditions outlined in the Notice of Funding Availability.  Late applications from whom DOT does not receive an email with the items specified above will not be considered for this round of TIGER Discretionary Grants.

If you experience unforeseen Grants.gov technical issues beyond your control that prevent you from submitting your application by the deadline of April 28, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. EDT, you must contact TIGERGrants@dot.gov or Howard Hill at 202-366-0301 and request approval to submit your application after the deadline has passed. At that time, DOT staff will require you to provide your DUNS number and your Grants.gov Help Desk tracking number(s). After DOT staff review all of the information submitted and contact the Grants.gov Help Desk to validate the technical issues you reported, DOT staff will contact you to either approve or deny your request to submit a late application through Grants.gov. If the technical issues you reported cannot be validated, your application will be rejected as untimely.

To ensure a fair competition for limited discretionary funds, the following conditions are not valid reasons to permit late submissions: (1) failure to complete the registration process before the deadline date; (2) failure to follow Grants.gov instructions on how to register and apply as posted on its website; (3) failure to follow all of the instructions in the funding availability notice; and (4) technical issues experienced with the applicant’s computer or information technology (IT) environment.

How to Apply: Develop a Project Idea or Pick a Priority Project Which Aligns Well With the TIGER Criteria

Is there an innovative, cross cutting project for which the final piece of funding has been a challenge?  Do you have an idea for a new partnership with other agencies and jurisdictions, a bold idea that could be catalyzed with an infusion of federal dollars?  Or maybe you have prirority projects which already align quite well with the TIGER criteria and can demonstrate public benefits across multiple factors.  DOT staff is available to discuss project ideas in addition to debriefing the evaluation results of previous years' applications.

Grants.gov Submission Deadline and Requirements

You must submit final applications through Grants.gov by April 28, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. EDT (the “Application Deadline”). The Grants.gov “Apply” function will open on April 3, 2014, allowing applicants to submit applications. You are strongly encouraged to submit applications in advance of the deadline. Please be aware that you must complete the registration process before submitting an application, and that this process usually takes 2-4 weeks to complete. If interested parties experience difficulties at any point during the registration or application process, please call the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726, Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT.

Additional Information on Applying Through Grants.gov

Applications for TIGER Discretionary Grants must be submitted through Grants.gov. To apply for funding through Grants.gov, applicants must be properly registered. Complete instructions on how to register and apply can be found at www.grants.gov. If interested parties experience difficulties at any point during registration or application process, please call the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726.

Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur and it can take up to several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. It is highly recommended that applicants start the registration process as early as possible to prevent delays that may preclude submitting an application by the deadlines specified. Applications will not be accepted after the relevant due date; delayed registration is not an acceptable reason for extensions. In order to apply for TIGER Discretionary Grant funding under this announcement all applicants are expected to be registered as an organization. To learn more about registering as an organization with Grants.gov, please see the “Organization Registration Checklist” provided by Grants.gov at the following location:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html

A complete list of Grants.gov applicant resources can be found here:

http://www.grants.gov/applicants/applicants.jsp

Note: When uploading attachments please use generally accepted formats such as .pdf, .doc, and .xls. While you may imbed picture files such as .jpg, .gif, .bmp, in your files, please do not save and submit the attachment in these formats. Additionally, the following formats will not be accepted:  .com, .bat, .exe, .vbs, .cfg, .dat, .db, .dbf, .dll, .ini, .log, .ora, .sys, and .zip.

The following parameters can be used to locate the TIGER 2014 Funding Opportunity on grants.gov:

Funding Opportunity Number:

DTOS59-14-RA-TIGER6

Funding Opportunity Title:

FY 2014 National Infrastructure Investments

CFDA Number(s):

20.933 -- National Infrastructure Investments

Experiencing Unforeseen Grants.gov Technical Issues

If you experience unforeseen Grants.gov technical issues beyond your control that prevent you from submitting your application by the deadline of April 28, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. EDT, you must contact TIGERGrants@dot.gov or Howard Hill at 202-366-0301 and request approval to submit your application after the deadline has passed. At that time, DOT staff will require you to provide your DUNS number and your Grants.gov Help Desk tracking number(s). After DOT staff review all of the information submitted and contact the Grants.gov Help Desk to validate the technical issues you reported, DOT staff will contact you to either approve or deny your request to submit a late application through Grants.gov. If the technical issues you reported cannot be validated, your application will be rejected as untimely.

To ensure a fair competition for limited discretionary funds, the following conditions are not valid reasons to permit late submissions: (1) failure to complete the registration process before the deadline date; (2) failure to follow Grants.gov instructions on how to register and apply as posted on its website; (3) failure to follow all of the instructions in the funding availability notice; and (4) technical issues experienced with the applicant’s computer or information technology (IT) environment.

Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2014