The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s (OSDBU) mission is to ensure Small Business policies and goals of the Secretary of Transportation are implemented in a fair, efficient and effective manner. Click on the links at the left for information on small business assistance, small business loans for women and veterans, and more small business resources.
The USDOT Women & Girls In Transportation Initiative (WITI) offers an internship program enabling young women from colleges and universities across the country to participate. The WITI internship programs is administered through the department's Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRC) which provide resources, technical assistance and outreach to all 50 states and U.S. territories. Each SBTRC is responsible for placing qualified female college students in transportation related internships throughout their regions.
The Department released the DOT Navigator as a new resource to help communities understand the best ways to apply for grants, and to plan for and deliver transformative infrastructure projects and services. Whether it’s the first time you’re applying for a DOT grant or you’re looking for more technical details and guidance, the DOT Navigator can help get you started.
The Department announced a new initiative that will help rural communities gain access to federal grant funds. A new toolkit for the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) Initiative would provide rural communities a way to access resources and information about grant programs within the DOT and an explanation of the funding process. The ROUTES Applicant Toolkit will help rural communities better identify and navigate grant funding opportunities for rural transportation projects.
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