Motor Fuel Tax Program
CSFA Number: 494-00-1488
Agency Name
Department Of Transportation (494)
Agency Contact
Stephane Seck
Short Description
The Motor Fuel Tax (e.g., 0.19 cents/gallon and an additional 2.5 cents/gallon on diesel fuel) is a tax on the operation of a motor vehicle on public highways and of operation of recreational watercraft on the water based on the consumption of motor fuel. Proceeds from this tax are administered by IDOT, with a portion of these revenues being allotted to counties, townships, and municipalities. The collection and distribution of these funds are outlined in the Motor Fuel Tax Law, 35 ILCS 505/1 et seq. and are referred to as the Motor Fuel Tax funds.
Subject Area
Government Services
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
35 ILCS 505/8 - Motor Fuel Tax Law
Objectives and Goals
MFT funds are used to construct and maintain the local highway system.
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Uses of MFT funds are dictated by state statute and IDOT policy (605 ILCS 5/5-701, 605 ILCS 5/6-701, and 605 ILCS 5/7-202 and Chapter 4 of the BLRS Manual) which includes required annual documentation review by IDOT Local Roads staff.
Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility is limited to counties, municipalities, and townships.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
There is no application for this program. Funds are allotted monthly to counties, municipalities, and townships per statute (35 ILCS 505/8) and are published on IDOT's website.
Assistance Consideration
MFT funds are paid out to the units of local government in accordance with the Motor Fuel Tax Fund, 35 ILCS 505/8 provisions. All money collected by the Department of Revenue is distributed after the first day of each month. No funds are held in escrow for retroactive changes in allocations. Therefore, allocations will vary from month to month.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
State statutes: 605 ILCS 5/5-701, 605 ILCS 5/6-701, 605 ILCS 5/7-202, and 35 ILCS 505/8
Local Roads and Streets Manual:
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $534,427,458
FY 2016 : $582,500,000
FY 2017 : $582,500,000
FY 2018 : $582,500,000
FY 2019 : $582,500,000
FY 2020 : $582,500,000
FY 2021 : $582,500,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details14-1488-01$300 - $100000000General announcement open for a period of time with no specific due dates for applications.
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
1488-2016-6A35EE88-9F90-49BF-8FF9-AC7FC1B4302F-1Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways07/31/201506/30/202298,034,350
1488-2018-6A35EE88-9F90-49BF-8FF9-AC7FC1B4302F-1Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways07/31/201706/30/202497,796,882
1488-2017-6A35EE88-9F90-49BF-8FF9-AC7FC1B4302F-1Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways07/31/201606/30/202397,743,162
1488-2019-6A35EE88-9F90-49BF-8FF9-AC7FC1B4302F-1Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways07/31/201806/30/202596,511,957
1488-2015-6A35EE88-9F90-49BF-8FF9-AC7FC1B4302F-1Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways07/31/201406/30/202189,862,719