Summary: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Independent Sector

Summary of Key Nonprofit and Civic Infrastructure Provisions

As Passed by the Senate August 10, 2021

Broadband
$65 billion

  • Grants to states for deployment: $42.45 billion to support a formula-based program to states, territories, and DC for broadband deployment. States must have enforceable plans to address all unserved areas before funding projects in underserved areas.
  • Private Activity Bonds: Approximately $600 million for bonds to finance deployment in rural areas where a majority of households do not have access to broadband.
  • Rural Utilities Service: $2 billion for the Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program
  • “Middle Mile”: $1 billion for a state grant program to support the construction or acquisition of infrastructure that will lower operating costs and reduce capital expenditures.
  • Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program: $2 billion
  • Digital Equity Act: $2.75 billion to establish two grant programs to promote digital inclusion and equity for communities that lack the skills, technologies, and support needed to take advantage of broadband connections.

Public Transit Funding ($39B)
Electrification ($15B)

  • Public Transit: $39 billion, including funding for repair or replacement of public transit busses and rail assets, and mobility for seniors and those with disabilities. Total includes:
    • $5.25 billion for zero-emission and low-emission transit buses.
    • $4.75 billion for state of good repair grants
    • $250 million for formula grants for the enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities
    • $8 billion for Capital Investment Grants
    • $1.75 billion for competitive grants to upgrade the accessibility of rail stations
  • Low Carbon buses and Ferries: $7.5 billion, including $5 billion for a Clean School Bus Program
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: $7.5 billion

Reconnecting Communities
$1 billion

  • Reconnecting Communities: $1 billion for a first-ever program to reconnect communities divided by transportation infrastructure. The program will fund planning, design, demolition, and reconstruction of street grids, parks, or other infrastructure.

Clean Drinking Water
$55 billion

  • Clean drinking water: $55 billion including
    • Clean Water State Revolving Fund: $11.7 billion
    • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: $11.7 billion
    • Identify and replace lead services lines: $15 billion – to replace all of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines
    • Contaminants: $10 billion to address the dangerous chemical PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl), as well as emerging contaminants under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act

Environmental Remediation
$21 billion

  • Brownfields: $1.5 billion Brownfields competitive and categorial grants
  • Superfund: $3.5 billion for the Remedial account in the Hazardous Substance Superfund
  • Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation: $11.2 billion
  • Orphan oil and gas wells: $4.7 billion

Energy Efficiency and Assistance

  • Nonprofit Energy Efficiency: $50 million for a pilot program to award grants for energy-efficiency materials upgrades to buildings owned and operated by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The maximum grant amount is $200,000.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program: $3.5 billion
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program: $500 million

Resilience
“Over $50 billion”

  • Bureau of Reclamation: $8.3 billion for western water infrastructure
  • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program: $1 billion
  • Flood resilience: $12 billion
  • Resilience – Waste Management: $810 million
  • Resilience – Drought: $5.5 billion
  • Resilience – Wildfire Management: $5.75 billion
  • Resilience – Ecosystems:
  • Resilience – Cyber: $100 million

Selected Offsets

  • Repurposing unused COVID relief dollars, including remaining funds for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Subsidy ($13.5 billion), Targeted EIDL Advance ($17.6 billion), Department of the Treasury Economic Stabilization Program ($1.3 billion), SBA Business Loans ($5.7 billion), and more. Total estimated repurposing: $205 billion, including:
    • Expedited ERTC phase-out: Moves up the expected expiration date for the Employee Retention Tax Credit from January 1, 2022 to October 1, 2021. – predicted to raise approximately $8 billion.
    • DOES NOT include rescission of State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds.
  • Return of unused enhanced federal unemployment insurance supplement from certain states – predicted to raise $53 billion
  • Spectrum auctions – predicted to raise $87 billion, approximately $67 billion from auctions held in February 2021 and $20 billion from forthcoming auctions.
  • Delay of Medicare part D prescription rule – predicted to raise $49 billion
  • Information reporting for brokers and digital assets including cryptocurrency – predicted to raise $28 billion.

Totals indicate new funds and may be inexact due to publicly available materials. They will be updated as needed.

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