Program Description

The Pipeline Safety Information Grants to Communities Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program provides funding to local communities and groups of individuals (not including for-profit entities) relating to the safety of pipeline facilities in local communities. Technical assistance is defined as engineering and other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues, including the promotion of public participation in official proceedings on technical pipeline safety issues. The TAG program is authorized under 49 United States Code § 60130: Pipeline Safety Information Grants to Communities, and was reauthorized by the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act of 2016). The amount of any grant awarded under the TAG may not exceed $100,000 for a single grant recipient.

General Program Requirements

Eligible grant recipients are communities (cities, towns, villages, counties, parishes, townships, and similar governmental subdivisions, or consortiums of such subdivisions) and groups of individuals (not including for-profit entities). The funding may not be used for lobbying, in direct support of litigation, or for activities associated with regulatory compliance or typical operations and maintenance of pipeline facilities. The awards have funded a broad range of activities, including:

  • Improvement of local pipeline emergency response capabilities
  • Improvement of safe digging or damage prevention programs
  • Development of pipeline safety information resources
  • Implementation of local land use practices that enhance pipeline safety
  • Community and pipeline awareness campaigns
  • Enhancements in public participation in official proceedings pertaining to pipelines

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

DOT requires applicants for the TAG to apply electronically through Grants.gov. Detailed instructions and the funding opportunity announcement will be posted on Grants.gov.

Program Contact Information

Karen Lynch
Senior Program Manager, Office of Pipeline Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Karen.Lynch@dot.gov
202-366-6855

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number20.71
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Length of ProgramAnnual
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes

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