Application Process and RC3 Resources

  • Access Volume 1 of RC3’s sample template proposal: “Low-Carbon Transportation Materials Program Inflation Reduction Act Section 60506: Volume 1 Technical Application.” For guidance on preparation using the template, download our “Grant Proposal for Low- Carbon Transportation Materials Program Inflation Reduction Act Section 60506: Guidance on Preparation of Volume 1.” Errata for Volume 1 (which was originally released May 20, 2024) was released on May 28, 2024. Download the errata here. For those DOTs who have their applications underway, please consider swapping out language from the errata to better align with what FHWA prefers to see. Note the first two (1. And 2.4) are direct text-for-text swaps, which do not include any agency-specific information. The second two sections (3.1 and 3.2) will include specific information related to your application (this will mostly be the SHA acronym, but could include some other language your agency has included/modified).
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  • Access Volume 2 of RC3’s sample template proposal: “Low-Carbon Transportation Materials Program Inflation Reduction Act Section 60506 Volume 2: Budget Application.” For guidance on preparation using the template, download our “Grant Proposal for Low-Carbon Transportation Materials Program Inflation Reduction Act Section 60506 Guidance on Preparation of Volume 2” and “Project Total Budget Template.” Note: RC3 guidance for Volume 2, originally released on May 17, 2024, was updated on May 28, 2024. The only changes to the original document are the addition of activities 3.6 and 4.5, which were previously missing.
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  • Understanding the FHWA Supplement to its RFA:
    A supplement to the Request for Application (RFA), titled “Supplementary Information for IPR Content” was added by the FHWA as an appendix to its document, “Inflation Reduction Act Section 60506 Low-Carbon Transportation Materials Program Request for Applications.” The full FHWA document can be viewed here or the supplement can be viewed here. RC3 experts have produced a summary of key points from the RFA. This document highlights specific points of the RFA that will determine if agencies qualify for funding.
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  • As part of the LCTM Grant application requirements, it is necessary to fill out “Form SF-424C, Budget Information for Construction Programs” as listed in the RFA under Table 2-Application Materials Overview. Because questions have arisen pertaining to this form, RC3 has obtained instructions from the FHWA to help agencies with the form’s completion. Download the instructions here.
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  • RC3 has released a Gantt Chart schedule template that aligns with the Volume 1 and Volume 2 information previously released. As in the other documents, the template includes “Additional activity” fields to either be modified or removed depending on whether you will be proposing such activities. You will need Microsoft Project to manipulate the *.mpp file. You can download this *.pdf version if you don’t have Project but would like to see the template. Given recent clarification from FHWA, many activities shouldn’t require approved IPRs to begin work; those activities where IPR approval is required are shown in orange (and the “Task Name” box is also highlighted in orange).
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  • UC Davis is leading the Sustainable Pavement Program Cooperative Center and working closely with FHWA supporting the LCTM Grants Program. Interactions with the Center (and with FHWA) have been routine throughout the development of the RC3 LCTM templates. While the Center is still working diligently to complete their Volume 1 template, the SPPCC Volume 2 template has been released. Access the spreadsheet here. It is also posted (along with a couple of Tech Briefs including the “Goals and Co-Benefits” document RC3 has shared) on the LCTM portion of the Center’s website: Low Carbon Transportation Materials (LCTM) Grants Program | Sustainable Pavement Program Cooperative Center (ucdavis.edu). When approved by FHWA, Volume 1 will also be found at this link. In reviewing the SPPCC Volume 2 template, you will see a lot of similarities to the RC3 Volume 2 template. Per our interactions with FHWA, either template will be “responsive” so long as it is supported by the Volume 1 narrative.
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  • As of June 4, the FHWA’s LCTM website features a significantly expanded list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). The new FAQs include additional questions and answers in six topic areas. (The updates are consistent with what has been covered in meetings and individual discussions by RC3.)

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