With the successful BUILD grant programs, and other programs such as INFRA having yearly calls for applications, INDOT released an on-call grant writing request for proposal (RFP) to secure a consultant to develop their grant applications. WSP’s grant team was selected for a two-year on-call contract with INDOT, renewable for an additional two years.
“This secures WSP’s place as INDOT’s preferred grant writing consultant for the foreseeable future,” McKinney said.
The next round of USDOT’s BUILD grant program is expected to begin in mid-February. Forward-thinking agencies should be considering their options now by assessing which potential projects may present the most compelling application. The earlier an agency engages a consultant like WSP in the process can help them determine if they have a viable project, and provide the time needed to build a proposal that’s going to catch the eye of the application judges.
“We like to work with clients well-before USDOT publishes its notice of funding opportunity (NOFO),” Libberton said. “That provides us with more time to strategically craft a compelling project scope and story – one that clearly distinguishes itself from the competition.”
Libberton added that in addition to the BUILD program, WSP’s planning strategy and grants team has supported successful application for Federal Highway Administration’s INFRA, Federal Railroad Administration’s CRISI, and Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant and Discretionary Bus program funds. Since 2009, WSP has helped secure almost $28 billion in federal transportation grants and loans for over 140 projects.
One of the keys to WSP’s successful grant-writing track record is the breadth and depth of its staff and resources across the U.S., and their familiarity with many different transportation grants.
“Whether it’s in Indiana, or any other state, WSP’s ability to understand the objectives of the project we are representing, as well as our understanding of the grant provider’s expectation, positions us to accurately present the project so that it clearly meets and exceeds all expectations,” Libberton said. “It is very satisfying for us to be able to provide this service and help transportation agencies complete these projects sooner — and improve mobility and access to economic opportunities.”
“It means a lot to me personally to be able to support INDOT and help them find additional funding for these projects,” McKinney said. “When you can help your local municipality secure funding for roads and facilities you use every day, it is very satisfying. It also creates a sense of pride to build the level of relationship where WSP is viewed as the go-to firm achieving a higher echelon of service for the client.”
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