1600 East Golf Road
Suite 0700
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: 847-296-9200
Fax: 847-296-9207

Funding Resources

In addition to the Surface Transportation Program programmed through the Northwest Council of Mayors and the North Shore Council of Mayors, there are a number of other fund sources available to municipalities for transportation projects:

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program is a federally-funded program of surface transportation improvements designed to improve air quality and mitigate congestion. The program is administered by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). To find out more about the program click here.

Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program

The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) provides funding for community based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure. To find out more about the program click here.

Illinois Safe Routes to School

The Illinois Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The Illinois SRTS Program supports projects and programs that enable and encourage walking and bicycling to and from school. The program applies to schools serving grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. Illinois Safe Routes to School funds both infrastructure improvements to the physical environment as well as non-infrastructure projects. Eligible project sponsors include schools and school districts, governmental entities and non-profit organizations. Projects may be organized on a variety of jurisdictional levels. To find out more about the program click here.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Illinois Bicycle Path Program

The Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program was created in 1990 to financially assist eligible units of government acquire, construct, and rehabilitate public, non-motorized bicycle paths and directly related support facilities. Grants are available to any local government agency having statutory authority to acquire and develop land for public bicycle path purposes. To find out more about the program click here.

RTA Funding Programs

RTA has funding programs for municipalities and transit providers to provide planning, operating, and capital funds for transit projects. To find out more about these funding opportunities click here.

Transportation Alternatives Program

With the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Congress created the new Transportation Alternatives program (TAP) to support non-motorized transportation.  At the state level, these funds are programmed though the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), Safe Routes to School Program and Recreational Trails Program (see separate entries).  A portion of TAP funding is programmed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) for the Chicago region.  For more information, please click here.  

Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. No. 114-94) into law—the first federal law in over a decade to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment. The FAST Act authorizes $305 billion over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials safety, rail, and research, technology, and statistics programs. The FAST Act maintains our focus on safety, keeps intact the established structure of the various highway-related programs we manage, continues efforts to streamline project delivery and, for the first time, provides a dedicated source of federal dollars for freight projects. With the enactment of the FAST Act, states and local governments are now moving forward with critical transportation projects with the confidence that they will have a federal partner over the long term. Learn more about available funding sources through the FAST Act at the United States Department of Transportation page. 

Local Technical Assistance

With funding from a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) initiated the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program in 2010. The program involves providing assistance to communities across the Chicago metropolitan region to undertake planning projects that advance the principles of the Go To 2040 regional comprehensive plan.  For more information, please click here.