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Win Federal Money and Create Good Jobs for your Community

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and other federal programs like the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) have started a massive rebuilding of America’s transportation and energy infrastructure with fiscal support for state and local projects over the next five years. This first wave of funding in the BIL targets transportation areas like roads, bridges, rail and transportation hubs but the target areas for infrastructure funding will change each and grow with each new release of covered programs. The Inflation Reduction Act provides tax credits and direct pay eligibility on a host of different clean energy production and climate investment projects. A list of programs covered in the Department of Transportation's current wave of infrastructure funding can be found here. Eligible energy programs for the Inflation Reduction Act can be found here.

While there are several criteria for how the Federal government determines grant recipients and tax credits, the creation of good jobs through projects with commitments to strong labor standards and practices is key. Registered apprenticeships, prevailing wage and other labor standards in your applications can help reduce costs and secure federal funding for your projects, all while creating good jobs in your community.

By all indications, apprenticeship will need to greatly expand to meet the demands of Massachusetts’ booming construction industry — the federal government has created incentives in their infrastructure funding to encourage that growth.

Examples of Federal Programs

Local and Regional Project Assistance Grants (RAISE) target local projects to improve transportation infrastructure and improve the local economy.

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This grant will reopen in the fiscal New Year, and will be accepting submissions from late Winter to Summer.

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Given the recent report deeming 644 MA bridges structurally deficient, the BIL's funding opportunities for bridge work and repair are crucial for improving Massachusetts' infrastructure. 

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federal resources

  • U.S. Department of Transportation: Key Notices of Funding Opportunity |
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  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grant Programs | Learn More

  • Prevailing Wage and the Inflation Reduction Act | Learn More

  • Grant Application Checklist for a Strong Transportation Workforce and Labor Plan | Learn More

  • Building a Green Energy Economy: A Guidebook to the IRA's Investments in Clean Energy and Climate Action | Learn More

how we can help

We understand that the Federal Grant Programs - especially this most recent wave - can be a complicated application process that requires the time to be able to pull together all of the necessary information. You might have a few questions, or many questions you are seeking answers to before applying.

The good news is that Massachusetts Building Trades Unions, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) are here to help.

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BIL and IRA Competitive Grant and Tax Credit Labor Language
Massachusetts Building Trades Union (MBTU)

Water & Sewer
Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)

Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)

EV Infrastructure
Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)

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Watch the recording below of the Win Federal Money and Create Good Jobs webinar MAPC co-hosted with Massachusetts Building Trades Unions on January 26, 2023.

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