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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies for Projects to Improve Traffic Safety

High Priority Program – Commercial Motor Vehicle (HP-CMV)


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
CFDA Number: 20.237
Funding or PIN Number: FM-MHP-23-001
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/03/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and local, state, and tribal governments for enforcement projects to improve traffic safety for eligible types of vehicles. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects that will reduce the rate of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes.

The objective of the HP-CMV program is to support, enrich, and evaluate CMV safety programs and to target unsafe driving of CMVs and non–CMVs in areas identified as high-risk crash corridors, promote the safe and secure movement of hazardous materials, improve safety of transportation of goods and passengers in foreign commerce, demonstrate new technologies to improve CMV safety, support participation in the Performance Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) program, support safety data improvement projects, increase public awareness and education on CMV safety, and otherwise improve CMV safety (see 49 CFR Part 350.403).

In general, performance indicators of successful HP-CMV awarded projects may include, but are not limited to:

  1. CMV Crash Reduction Activities implemented under the award address reductions in fatal and non-fatal crashes involving CMVs, especially in areas identified as high-risk crash locations.
  2. CMV Safety Improvement Activities conducted under the HP-CMV award improve overall CMV and non-CMV safety.

Applicants are encouraged to propose innovative approaches (e.g., a novel technique, program design, use of technology assets), collaborate in the achievement of their goals, and share results with other stakeholders.

For a list of activities and programmatic areas that will be prioritized, see the pp. 5-14 of the NOFO in Attached Files.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The HP-CMV awards are generally available to the following entities:
1. State government agencies including: District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands;
2. Local governments (including county, city, township, and special district);
3. Federally recognized Native American tribal governments;
4. Institutions of higher education; and
5. Non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service.

In general, State and non-State entities may apply for HP-CMV projects related to Enforcement & Compliance with Safety Regulations, Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) and/or State Safety Data Quality (SSDQ). In addition, institutes of higher education may request funding under this program for research or other related efforts that support national (or a specific State’s) CMV safety efforts.

Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) lead State agencies may request HP-CMV projects which augment initiatives funded by the MCSAP formula grant program. Such projects must clearly demonstrate that their objectives exceed initiatives approved in their State’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan (CVSP).

For additional eligibility requirements, see pp. 17-18 of the NOFO in Attached Files.

For-profit organizations and individuals are NOT eligible recipients.

Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing awards are not eligible.

For funding restrictions, see pp. 24-25 of the NOFO in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be hosting a funding conference webinar for the following Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) posted on

FY 2023 High Priority Program – Commercial Motor Vehicle (HP-CMV)
Funding Opportunity Number: FM-MHP-23-001
CFDA: 20.237

Register today for the funding conference webinar on Wednesday, February 14, 2023 – 1:00 -2:30 PM EST.

Click here to register in ZOOM:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.

Pre-Application Information
Application Due Date: April 3, 2023, 5:00pm EST

Note: Applications for HP-CMV funding must not include more than four (4) projects. The FMCSA will not review or consider any projects beyond the maximum four projects.

The applicant must:
A. Be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application at; and
B. Effective April 1, 2022, entities will be required to use a unique entity identifier (UEI) created in

Applications must be submitted electronically via Please note the registration process in usually takes 2-4 business weeks to complete. FMCSA will not consider late applications due to failure to register or comply with requirements.

View this opportunity on

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
The FMCSA will limit Federal funding to a total amount of $2,000,000 per award.

Term of Contract
The period of performance is the Federal fiscal year in which the award is made plus two additional fiscal years.

Contact Information
Financial Application Questions:
Tiffany Boyd

Programmatic Application Questions:
Bettina Conroy

In the event of system problems or technical difficulties with the application submittal, please call 1-800-518-4726 or email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (closed on Federal holidays).

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Grants Management Office (GMO); MC-BG
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
West Building Washington, DC 20590

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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