Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Training Grants
FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-59.
To promote the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles (as defined in 49 U.S.C. 31301) through the training of operators and future operators of such vehicles.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants (Discretionary).
Uses and Use Restrictions
Assistance to persons who train operators and future operators of commercial motor vehicles (as defined in 49 U.S.C. 31301)in the safe operation of such vehicles.
State governments, local governments, and accredited postsecondary educational institutions (public or private) such as colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools and truck driver training schools.
State government agencies, local government agencies or accredited postsecondary educational institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The list of accredited postsecondary educational institutions is available on the U.S. Department of Education website at http://www.ed.gov
Application and Award Process
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
File application package (SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, and project plan) with FMCSA Division office in the State where the applicant is located or electronically through http://Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov including a detailed project proposal, following procedures in accordance with FMCSA guidance issued through a Federal Register notice.
The amount of award to a qualified applicant will be at the discretion of FMCSA based upon a panel review of all applications, recommendations of the review panel, and funding availability. Successful applicants will be required to sign a grant agreement with FMCSA.
Applications must be filed with an FMCSA Division office or through http://Grants.gov in accordance with FMCSA guidance issued through a Federal Register notice.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Applicants will be notified in writing by FMCSA if the application is not approved. There is no appeal process.
Formula and Matching Requirements
The Federal share of the grant shall not exceed 80 percent of the approved expenditures in the project plan. A 20 percent matching share by the recipient is required.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are available for the fiscal year in which obligated plus the next full fiscal year. Amounts not expended by the end of this period will revert back to FMCSA for reallocation.
Post Assistance Requirements
Quarterly activity reports are required to be filed with the FMCSA Division office in the State where the recipient is located. A program evaluation report is also required to be submitted no later than 90 days after completion of the grant period.
In accordance with the provisions of revised OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, nonfederal entities, including institutions of higher education, that expend $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from the Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular A-133.
Records of all program activities, including financial and programmatic records, statistical records and any other records, covered in the approved project plan must be kept for a period of 3 years after the grant is closed.
FY 07 $1,000,000; FY 08 est not available; FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 05 $1,000,000 (single award.
New program; no data yet available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
49 CFR 1.48; 49 CFR 18; 49 CFR 19; 49 CFR 20; 49 CFR 386-399, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; 49 CFR 100-180, Hazardous Materials Regulations, available through Government Printing Office.
Regional or Local Office
FMCSA Division office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, State Programs Division, MC-ESS, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, 20590. Telephone: 202-366-9579.
Web Site Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Grant awarded to enhance the State of Florida's commercial motor vehicle operator training program through community vocational education (FY 05).
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applicant must submit an application including a detailed project plan consistent with criteria identified by the FMCSA. The plan must provide for the effective administration of a commercial motor vehicle operator training program.