Additional Resources

The following table can be used as an informative guide to various grant and funding opportunities available to your community.

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

 IIJA Presentation - NWMC Transportation Committee

IML Federal Focus Update - IIJA
White House Fact Sheet – Opportunities for Local Governments

Agency Links

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Cook County Highway Department
DuPage County Division of Transportation
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Illinois Tollway
Kane County Division of Transportation
Lake County Department of Transportation
McHenry County Highway Department
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

Grant & Funding Opportunities Description Next Call Cycle Funding Source

Surface Transportation Program

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act provides a suballocation of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding to the CMAP urbanized area from funds apportioned to the State of Illinois for a broad range of eligible transportation projects. Due in part to the broad project eligibilities, historic practices, and differing subregional emphases on the individual priorities of ON TO 2050, the MPO Policy Committee has delegated STP programming authority to the regional Councils of Mayors and City of Chicago.

Shared Fund: January 2023

Local Program: January-March 2022


Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

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.  

January 2023


Transportation Alternatives Program

The locally programed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L) is a federally-funded program of surface transportation improvements designed to support non-motorized transportation. 

January 2023


Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program

The goal of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) is to allocate resources to well-planned projects that provide and support alternate modes of transportation, enhance the transportation system through preservation of visual and cultural resources and improve the quality of life for members of the communities.  

Fall 2022


Community Planning Program

The RTA Community Planning program offers technical assistance and funding to local governments and intergovernmental organizations to address local planning needs that intersect public transportation and land use.

Fall 2022


Access to Transit Program

The RTA Access to Transit program supports small-scale capital projects that improve pedestrians’ and bicyclists’ access to public transportation.

March 2022


Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School programs aim to make it safer for students to walk and bike to school and encourage more walking and biking where safety is not a barrier.

Summer 2022


Invest in Cook

Invest in Cook represents one avenue for beginning to implement the priorities outlined in Cook County’s long range transportation plan, Connecting Cook County. The grant program encourages transportation investments in transit, cycling and freight transportation.

January-March, every year


RAISE Grants

The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives.

February-April 2022


Federal Lands Access Program

The Federal Lands Access Program (Access Program) was established in 23 U.S.C. 204 to improve transportation facilities that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within Federal lands. The Access Program supplements State and local resources for public roads, transit systems, and other transportation facilities, with an emphasis on high-use recreation sites and economic generators.