October 4th, 2016
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning anticipates issuing a call for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) in January 2017. For CMAQ FUNDING, projects must provide an air quality or congestion mitigation benefit and may include include the following types of projects: transit improvements, traffic flow improvements, bicycle facilities, direct emissions reduction projects, or demonstration projects. For TAP FUNDING, only bicycle facility projects are eligible with priority for projects that support the Regional Greenways and Trails Plan.
Phase 1 engineering requirements apply for both programs. Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria by June 2017 in order to receive funding:
Design approval has been received.
IDOT has certified that a final Project Development Report has been submitted for signatures.
IDOT has certified that a preliminary Project Development Report has been received
with an accurate cost and clear scope established.
Towns interested in either of these programs should start reviewing Phase 1 engineering needs for potential projects.
Gro1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Awards Program
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is partnering with Scotts Miracle-Gro to support mayoral initiatives to establish community gardens and green spaces. Four winning cities will each receive $25,000 in cash plus $15,000 worth of in-kind products to develop and expand transformational gardens and green spaces. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.usmayors.org/gro1000/.
Contact your Project Manager for assistance or to discuss eligible projects.