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Federal Funding

The Ferguson Group devises and implements innovative strategies for appropriations and authorizations and builds on our successes from year to year.  Over the course of our history representing local communities in Washington D.C., we have secured tens of billions of dollars in direct appropriations and project authorizations for our clients. Our work on federal funding issues encompasses supporting funding requests for federal programs and projects that benefit our clients as well as pursuing authorizations for specific client projects. We foster our clients' projects through every step of the process, from project conception to construction. Today, we rank as one of the top federal funding and competitive grants lobbying firms in Washington D.C. representing public agencies. 

Case Studies

  • Project Authorizations

    TFG has worked on every Water Resources Development Act and highway transportation authorization bill advocating for specific client project authorizations as well as supporting overall funding levels for key federal programs of importance to local communities. In addition, we have successfully worked with our clients to pass standalone legislation to create federal authority for their specific projects or to revise current federal authorizations. These project authorizations have led to partnerships with our clients and federal agencies such as the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Energy.

  • Transportation Infrastructure Financing

    After securing $265 million for several lines of credit that enabled one of our clients to build two phases of a toll road, TFG led a lobbying effort that established a new, innovative financing provision for the client. The provision enabled the agency to build a third phase of the toll road and became the basis for the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) chapter in TEA–21. TIFIA is still used today by local transportation agencies and extends special financing benefits to communities nationwide.

  • Title XVI WaterSmart Funding

    TFG has helped several public agencies secure tens of millions of dollars in funding through the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART grant program and Title XVI, Water Reclamation and Reuse Program.  TFG also worked to secure a change in administration policy to double the maximum size of Title XVI construction grants from $2 million to $4 million and raise the ceiling on Title XVI study grants from $150,000 to $450,000. This change increased the overall amount of funding local communities can receive under the Title XVI program.

Need Help Navigating Capitol Hill?

Are you organizing an advocacy trip to Washington D.C. and need help navigating the halls of Congress and the federal agencies?  TFG can help you set meetings with all the right officials and assist in making your advocacy day a success.  Ask us about our Capitol Compass services.