From IDOT’s web site:
Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP)
IDOT will begin accepting applications for the 2016 ITEP Cycle on Monday, May 2nd through Friday, June 17th
Approximately $29 million is available to award for selected projects.
An updated 2016 ITEP Guidelines Manual is now available. These guidelines are available to help give you a good understanding of the program requirements and information needed to complete an application. Click on the “Program Guidelines” tab below.
On December 4, 2015, a new transportation bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act” was signed into law. This is the first Federal law in over ten years to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation. The FAST Act eliminated the MAP-21 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and replaced it with a set-aside of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program funding for transportation alternatives authorized under Section 1109 of the FAST Act (23 U.S.C. 133(h)). This new STBG program set-aside provides funding for the ITEP, and all projects and activities that were previously eligible under TAP continue to be eligible under the STBG set-aside. Additional information on the FAST Act and STBG program set-aside funds can be obtained from the Federal Highway Administration website,https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/factsheets/transportationalternativesfs.cfm.
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.
The ITEP is designed to promote and develop alternative transportation options, including bike and pedestrian travel, along with streetscape beautification. The federal funds are awarded competitively, and projects must be related to surface transportation. Eligible applicants include all entities that were eligible to apply for TAP funds. Any local or state government with taxing authority is eligible to apply. In addition, the FAST Act allows nonprofit entities responsible for the administration of local transportation safety programs to apply. Local matching funds are required. Please click here for more information or to apply.