Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)
The Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program provides funding to local communities and groups of individuals (not including for-profit entities) for technical assistance relating to pipeline safety. Technical assistance is defined as engineering or other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues. TAG funding may also be used to help promote public participation in official proceedings.
The TAG funding is open to cities, towns, villages, counties, Indian Tribes, parishes, townships, and similar governmental subdivisions, or consortiums of such subdivisions, and groups of individuals; but does not include for-profit entities.
Award Funding Information
The awards have funded a broad range of activities, including:
- Improvement of local pipeline emergency response capabilities
- Improvement of safe digging 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
The funding can also be used to help promote public participation in official proceedings. However, 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.
Subject to the availability of funds, the amount of a TAG award may not exceed $100,000 for a single grant recipient. However, per 49 U.S.C. § 60130(c)(2), the Secretary will award $1,000,000 to an eligible applicant, as defined in 49 U.S.C. § 60130(d)(2), through a competitive selection process for the purpose of improving the quality of technical assistance provided to communities or individuals. The number of awards will depend on the quality and number of applications received and the dollar amounts requested.