Program Description

Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 31107, FMCSA's Border Enforcement Grant (BEG) Program is a discretionary grant program which provides funds to entities and States in order to increase and enhance inspections of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) engaged in international commerce across United States land borders. The purpose of FMCSA's BEG Program is to ensure motor carriers operating CMVs entering the United States from a foreign country are in compliance with the commercial vehicle safety standards and regulations, financial responsibility regulations, and registration requirements of the Unites States, and to ensure drivers of those vehicles are qualified and properly licenses to operate the CMVs.

General Program Requirements

State governments or entities that share a land border with Canada or Mexico and any local government or entity in that State for carrying out border CMV safety programs and related enforcement activities and projects. Priority consideration is given to applications that meet one or more of the FMCSA's national priorities in the areas of: 1) increasing the vehicle safety inspections of motorcoaches engaged in international commerce; 2) enforcement activities on commercial motor vehicles engaged in international commerce within high crash corridors; and 3) improving the capability to conduct vehicle safety inspections at remote sites near foreign borders.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Application and Submission Information

The FMCSA utilizes Grants.gov for accepting program applications. All applications must be submitted electronically through this site; however, applicants requiring additional accessibility or accommodation associated with submitting this grant application should contact the FMCSA Grants Management Office (GMO). Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.

STEP #1:
To apply, the applicant must complete the Grants.gov registration process. Note that the registration process for new users can take as long as four weeks.

STEP #2: Every applicant must:
1) be registered in the System for Award Management before submitting the application; 2) provide a valid Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in its application; and 3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application under consideration by FMCSA.

The FMCSA may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements. If an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time FMCSA is ready to make an award, FMCSA may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive the award and use that determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant.

STEP #3:
The Applicant must download the grant application package from Grants.gov, complete it, and submit the completed application package with required attachments through Grants.gov on or before the deadline. The FMCSA does not own or maintain Grants.gov and is therefore unable to provide technical assistance; all technical assistance issues should be directed to Grants.gov.

For Grants.gov assistance, contact:
Phone: 1-800-518-4726 (toll-free) or 606-545-5035
Business Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Closed on Federal holidays
Email: support@grants.gov

Modifications to an application after it has been submitted will require a resubmission of the entire application package. The applicant must notify the FMCSA GMO prior to resubmitting the package. Submitting changes to Grants.gov without contacting the FMCSA GMO could significantly delay application submission and may result in the application not being reviewed.

The FMCSA will consider a late application on a case-by-case basis; late applications are not automatically accepted. For example, a late application may be accepted if there is a large scale natural disaster or a Grants.gov system issue that threatens the timely submission of a grant application. Problems with computer systems at the applicant organization, failure to follow the application instructions or failure to complete required registrations by the submission deadline are not considered system issues.

Program Contact Information

Tom Liberatore
Chief, State Programs
thomas.liberatore@dot.gov
202-366-3030

Additional Information

Length of ProgramAnnual grant application with two year period of performance
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Roughly 436,000 inspections were conducted in border commercial zones in FY14
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes. Tribes compete with U.S. states, local agencies and entities.
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number20.233
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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