Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program
CSFA Number: 494-00-1000
Agency Name
Department Of Transportation (494)
Agency Identification
Partial Exempt. Only LPA's are exempt.
Agency Contact
Julita Kuzminaite
Short Description
The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) is a competitive, reimbursable grant program that is funded with federal funds and requires matching funds from an eligible project sponsor. The goal of the ITEP is to allocate resources to well-planned smaller scale, but critically important projects that provide and support connected alternative modes of transportation that are safe for all users, enhance the transportation system through preservation of visual and cultural resources, and improve the quality of life for members of the communities. ITEP requires sponsors to coordinate efforts to develop and build safe, equitable, valuable, and functional facilities in a timely manner.
Federal Authorization
23 USC 133(h), Pub. L. 117-58 (Sec. 11109)
Illinois Statue Authorization
20 ILCS 2705/2705-615
Illinois Administrative Rules Authorization
The ITEP purpose is to provide funding for community-based projects that connect and expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience. The program focuses on providing alternative modes of transportation where the scope of transportation projects goes beyond the traditional accommodations for cars, trucks, and transit. Under ITEP, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) works jointly with other state agencies, local governments, interest groups, and citizens in enhancing the transportation system and building more livable communities. The enhancement program offers the opportunity for the public to become directly involved in the alternative transportation projects. Public participation is encouraged throughout the entire program planning, development, and implementation process.
Prime Recipient
UGA Program Terms
The grantee must agree to the NOSA before a locally let project agreement can be approved. Agreements for state-let projects do not require NOSA. Grantee agrees to quarterly periodic reporting using BoBS 2832: Periodic Reporting. Funds must be obligated within 4 years from the award notification letter date. If project is experiencing delays at the end of the 4 years from grant award notification letter, an extension must be requested. If extension is granted, the LPA is mandated to report quarterly on the project status using form PRO 2270: ITEP Project Status Update.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Education Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations; Other;
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible project sponsors are public entities with taxing authority that can guarantee matching funds to carry out the proposed project. All project sponsors must show proof of an active UEI on GATA non-exempt sponsors must be registered in GATA portal. Applicants and/or sponsors must be able to comply with all the federal and state laws and regulations, and IDOT policies and procedures.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Subject / Service Area
Economic Development
Credentials / Documentation
All sponsors must show proof of an active UEI number with SAMs. ITEP specific required documents for all sponsors include: Resolution of Financial Commitment, Detailed Cost Estimate, Detailed Project Map, IDOT Allowance Letter (if project is on State Right-of-Way). Local Public Agencies submittal requirements: 1. BoBS 2831 – Uniform Grant Agreement Affidavit of Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest – Grantee, 2. BoBS 2835 -FY25 IDOT Subrecipient Risk Assessment. 3. Programmatic Risk Assessment. GATA non-exempt grantee pre-application requirements: 1. Authentication – One Time (Grantee Portal), 2. Grantee Registration – One Time (Grantee Portal), 3. Grantee Pre-qualification – One Time (Grantee Portal), 4. GATA Uniform Grant Application, 5. GATA Uniform Budget, 6. BoBS 2831 – Uniform Grant Agreement Affidavit of Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest – Grantee, 7. GATA ICQ – FY25 GATA Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment completed in the GATA portal, 8. Programmatic Risk Assessment
Preapplication Coordination
Application Procedures
All eligible sponsors must create an account in ITEP application portal. All project applications must be submitted through the application portal and must be complete and accurate. Depending on the sponsor type, all required and optional attachments must be attached. See ITEP Guidelines and ITEP website for detailed information.
Criteria Selecting Proposals
The review criteria include eligibility, strength of transportation relationship, public benefits and accessibility, connectivity, project support/local commitment, safety improvements, and project sponsor capacity, readiness, and past performance. Project review and selection process is further described in the ITEP Guidelines. Projects are reviewed and scored by transportation professionals statewide. A selection committee reviews scored project applications and recommends projects for ITEP funding.
Award Procedures
All sponsors receive notification letter whether their projects were selected for ITEP funding or not.
Application cycle is held every other year on even numbered calendar years. Applications are accepted during a set period. The project kick-off meeting must be held withing period indicated in the award notification letter. All ITEP funds must be obligated within 4 years after receiving award notification. Projects must be completed within 10 years
Range of Approval or Disapproval Time
5-6 months
Submit justification to
Not applicable to ITEP. Sponsors who withdraw project applications or awarded projects can apply in the future application cycles. Repetitive submissions must go through a new scoring process.
Formula Matching Requirements
ITEP funds will provide reimbursement up to 80% for preliminary engineering, utility relocations, construction, and construction engineering costs; and 50% for right-of-way easement acquisition and street lighting. The required match is the responsibility of the project sponsor unless they qualify for a half or a full match assistance. The project sponsor is responsible for 100% of any ineligible costs.
Uses and Restrictions
The maximum per-project ITEP award is $3 million, including match assistance. All awarded funds must be used according to deadlines established in ITEP Guidelines, or funds will be rescinded. State set-aside from the Road Fund must be used for projects in the categories of pedestrian and bicycle facilities and the conversion of abandoned railroad corridors to trails projects only.
Sponsors intending to use local qualifications-based selection for engineering or local letting for construction will be required to submit quarterly financial reports using form BoBS 2832: Periodic Reporting and a Consolidated Year-End Financial Report (CYEFR). Additional reporting requirements will be based on the sponsor's answers to the Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ). The ITEP programmatic risk assessment will determine programmatic reporting requirements based on the risk assessment score. Quarterly PRO 2270: Project Status Report will be required for all ITEP funded projects with time extensions.
2 CFR § 200.501 - Audit requirements
ITEP records are maintained pursuant to the Records Retention Schedule 24-09 Item 1: 1. Awarded applications. Retain for three (3) years after the date of final voucher or cancellation, whichever is applicable, destroy or delete/overwrite from system provided all audits have been completed and no litigation is pending or anticipated. 2. Non-awarded applications. Retain for one (1) year after award announcement, then destroy in a secure manner or delete from the system provided all audits have been completed and no litigation is pending or anticipated.
Account Identification
Federal Fund Codes 1. SAFETY-LU: L220, L22E, L22R 2. MAP-21 and Extension Uses Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) "M" codes. Fast-Act and Extension uses Transportation Alternatives Set-aside (TASA) for the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) "Z" Codes, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) uses "Y" Codes: a. 23 U.S.C Section 133(h)(1): i. Flex Set-aside (Anywhere in the State): M300, M30E, Z300, Z30E,Y300 b. 23 U.S.C Section 133(h)(2): i. Urbanized Areas With Population Over 200K [Transportation Management Area (TMA) Awarded Grants]: M301, M3E1, Z301, Z3E1, Y301 ii. Areas with Population 50K to 200K: Y306 iii. Areas with Population Over 5K to 200K: M302, M3E2, Z302, Z3E2 iv. Areas with Population 5K to 50K: Y307 iv. Areas with Population 5K and Under M303, M3E3, Z303, Z3E3, Y308
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Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Maximum award is $3 million. Cycle 15 (2022): Total Applications=213; Applications Awarded=73; Average Award= $2 million; Smallest Award=$120,000
Program Accomplishments
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
23 U.S.C. 133(h); Pub. L. 117-58 (Sec. 11109); 20 ILCS 2705/2705-615; ITEP Guidelines
Regional or Local Assistance Location
IDOT District Local Roads and Streets Engineer
Headquarters Office
IDOT, 2300 S. Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62764
Program Website
Example Projects
Published Date
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $14,300,000
FY 2016 : $14,600,000
FY 2017 : $14,600,000
FY 2018 : $14,600,000
FY 2019 : $14,700,000
FY 2020 : $40,300,000
FY 2021 : $105,600,000
FY 2022 : $50,000,000
FY 2023 : $50,000,000
FY 2025 : $40,000,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range