Illinois Transportation Enhancements Program
CSFA Number: 494-00-1000
Agency Name
Department Of Transportation (494)
Agency Contact
Missy Doedtman
Short Description
The 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. It is a federally funded program that requires local matching funds from an eligible project sponsor.
Subject Area
Economic Development
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
23 U.S.C. 133(h); FAST Act Section 1109
Objectives and Goals
The goal of 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. ITEP requires communities to coordinate efforts to develop and build safe, valuable and functional projects in a timely manner.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Please refer to the ITEP Guidelines Manual for uses and restrictions. The manual can be found at the following website:
Eligibility Requirements
Under 23 U.S.C. 213(c)(4)(B), eligible entities are:

• local governments;
• regional transportation authorities;
• transit agencies;
• natural resource or public land agencies;
• school districts, local education agencies, or schools;
• tribal governments;
• nonprofit entities responsible for the administration of local transportation safety programs; and
• any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for or oversight of transportation or recreational trails (other than a metropolitan planning organization or a State agency) that the State determines to be eligible, consistent with the goals of this subsection.

Although State agencies and MPOs with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails cannot sponsor a project, they can partner with an eligible project sponsor. Nonprofits are not eligible to be a project sponsor but can partner with an eligible project sponsor.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
All project applications must be submitted through the on-line application process and should be complete and accurate. The project application includes instructions and can be viewed or copied either by accessing the on-line application or downloading a copy from the ITEP website, The ITEP is typically a two year cycle where applications are accepted for a period of not less than six weeks. ITEP applications go through a rigorous, multi-tiered review and scoring process. Reviewers consist of statewide public transportation professionals from MPOs, IDOT and other state agencies. Projects are selected for funding based on average scores and rank according to criteria set forth in the 2016 ITEP Guidelines Manual.
Assistance Consideration
Federal funds will provide reimbursement up to 50 percent for right-of-way and easement acquisition costs, and up to 80 percent for preliminary engineering, utility relocations, construction engineering and construction costs. Depending on the circumstances, street lighting can qualify for either 80% funding or 50% funding. Ineligible projects will not be considered for funding. Roadway work, projects on private property and projects for recreational uses only are ineligible. For more information on eligibility criteria and project categories, see the 2016 ITEP Guidelines Manual.
Post Assistance Requirements
Grantees should coordinate with their respective District Local Roads Engineer to begin implementation immediately following award notification letters. ITEP funds should be obligated within four years of federal apportionment or they will be subject to lapse, expiration or rescission by the Federal Highways Administration.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
2016 ITEP Guidelines Manual; 23 U.S.C. 133(h); FAST Act Section 1109
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 : $40,300,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details2018 Cycle 13$0 - $200000010/02/2017 - 12/01/2017 : 17:00
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
142090Village of Clarendon Hills05/07/201809/30/20212,000,000
142057Village of Hillside05/07/201809/30/20212,000,000
142020City of Chicago05/07/201809/30/20212,000,000
242005City of Moline05/07/201809/30/20211,974,350
542003McLean County (Highway Department)05/07/201809/30/20211,920,000