2018 Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant Program

Funding Opportunity ID: 301583
Opportunity Number: FM-DTG-18-001
Opportunity Title: 2018 Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Transportation
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 20.235
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: Vocational Technical Schools and Truck Training Schools
Agency Code: DOT-FMCSA
Agency Name: Department of Transportation
DOT/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Posted Date: Mar 13, 2018
Close Date: May 14, 2018 No Explanation
Last Updated Date: Mar 13, 2018
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Award Floor: $20,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) grant program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to solicit applications from organizations that provide Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operator training, including accredited public or private colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools, post-secondary educational institutions, truck driver training schools, associations and State and local governments, including Federally-recognized Native American Tribal governments that support CMVOST activities. The FMCSA is responsible for the implementation and administration of the CMVOST grant program which is authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Pub. L. No. 114-94, § 5101(b) and (c) (2015). The CMVOST program is governed by 49 U.S.C. §§ 31103 and 31104. In accordance with the provisions of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-56), only a portion of the entire FY 2018 funding is presently available, and is at the FY 2017 appropriations level. However, FMCSA anticipates that authorized funding for the entirety of FY 2018 will be available at the time of award. The Department of Transportation Secretary’s strategic goals are: • SAFETY: Reduce transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries across the transportation system. • INFRASTRUCTURE: Invest in infrastructure to ensure safety, mobility and accessibility and to stimulate economic growth, productivity and competitiveness for American workers and businesses. • INNOVATION:Lead in the development and deployment of innovative practices and technologies that improve the safety and performance of the Nation’s transportation system. • ACCOUNTABILITY: Serve the Nation with reduced regulatory burden and greater efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. FMCSA’s three core principles support the Secretary’s strategic goals. The FMCSA’s three core principles are: 1) raising the bar to enter the motor carrier industry; 2) requiring compliance with high safety standards to remain in the industry; and 3) removing high-risk carriers, drivers, and service providers from operation. The CMVOST grant program supports the Secretary’s strategic goals. The purpose is to expand the number of commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders possessing enhanced operator safety training to help reduce the severity and number of crashes on U.S. roads involving CMVs and to assist current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reservists to obtain a CDL. This NOFO provides important information about the FY 2018 CMVOST program activities/projects and guidance related to preparing and submitting a grant application. CMVOST grant funds are awarded through a competitive grant process and no assurance of funding is implied or should be inferred. After the initial posting of the NOFO, the FMCSA Grants Management Office (GMO) may make changes to the NOFO announcement in www.Grants.gov if there are statutory changes to the CMVOST program for FY 2018.
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