The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation, shall establish a competitive grant pilot program (referred to in this subpart as the “pilot program”), to be administered through the Clean Cities Program of the Department, to provide not more than 30 geographically dispersed project grants to State governments, local governments, or metropolitan transportation authorities to carry out a project or projects for the purposes described in subsection (b).
The Secretary shall issue requirements for applying for grants under the pilot program.
The Secretary shall not provide more than $15,000,000 in Federal assistance under the pilot program to any applicant.
The Secretary shall not provide more than 50 percent of the cost, incurred during the period of the grant, of any project under the pilot program.
The Secretary shall not fund any applicant under the pilot program for more than 5 years.
The Secretary shall seek to the maximum extent practicable to ensure a broad geographic distribution of project sites.
The Secretary shall establish mechanisms to ensure that the information and knowledge gained by participants in the pilot program are transferred among the pilot program participants and to other interested parties, including other applicants that submitted applications.
Not later than 90 days after August 8, 2005, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register, Commerce Business Daily, and elsewhere as appropriate, a request for applications to undertake projects under the pilot program. Applications shall be due not later than 180 days after the date of publication of the notice.
Not later than 180 days after the date by which applications for grants are due, the Secretary shall select by competitive, peer reviewed proposal, all applications for projects to be awarded a grant under the pilot program.