Summary: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Independent Sector

Summary of Key Nonprofit and Civic Infrastructure Provisions

As Passed by the Senate August 10, 2021

$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.
  • Affordability: $14.2 billion in funds to the Affordable Connectivity Fund, formerly known as the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, which subsidizes service for households meeting need-based criteria.

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

“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.

Global Topics: Civil Society, Congress, Infrastructure, NIIAG