PHMSA State Damage Prevention Grants Overview

Excavation damage is a serious threat to pipeline safety and has been a leading cause of pipeline incidents involving fatalities and injuries. To reduce this threat and improve safety, the PIPES Act of 2006 authorized the Secretary to award discretionary grants to fund improvements in state damage prevention programs. Since 2008, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has awarded more than $15.1 million to 40 state organizations via the State Damage Prevention (SDP) grants.

The purpose of the SDP grants is to establish comprehensive state programs designed to
prevent damage to underground pipelines in states that do not have such programs and to
improve damage prevention programs in states that do. States are encouraged to implement the nine elements of an effective damage prevention program with the grant.

Award Eligibility
Any state authority (or municipality with respect to intrastate gas transportation) that is or will be responsible for preventing damage to underground pipeline facilities is eligible as long as 1) the state participates in the oversight of pipeline transportation pursuant to an annual 49 U.S.C. §60105 certification or 49 U.S.C. §60106 agreement in effect with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and 2) is designated by the state’s governor, in writing, as the eligible recipient of the grant funding.

Award Funding Information
The Notice of Funding Opportunity for the SDP grant is subject to availability of funds and will post on if/when available. Eligible applicants must be registered at to apply for the grant. PHMSA is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution and the awards will depend on Congressional action. PHMSA anticipates
that $1,500,000 will be available to support the SDP grant program. Grant awards may not exceed $100,000 for a single recipient.

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