On June 15th, the Build America Bureau of the U.S. Department of Transportation released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFA) for the Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program, which offers technical assistance grants to rural and tribal communities. The Program makes $10 million available over five years, to advance infrastructure projects in these communities. The grants may be used to hire staff or advisors to assist with early development-phase activities including, but not limited to, feasibility studies; preliminary engineering and design; environmental review; revenue forecasting; financial feasibility analysis; statutory and regulatory analysis and drafting and negotiation of agreements. For eligibility requirements, to view a sample application, or read the NOFA. visit the program the Bureau’s website here. Applications will be accepted through an online form beginning at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET on August 14th. For more information, contact RCRC Policy & Local Assistance Manager, Eric Will.