2017 - 2019 Federal Funding Call for Projects


TRPC’s Call for Projects is Open

This fall, Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) is conducting a call for projects to award a total of $8.8 million in federal funds to eligible transportation projects and programs throughout Thurston County. Selected projects must be able to obligate during federal fiscal years 2017-2019. This call for projects offers funding from three grant programs administered by TRPC:
  • Surface Transportation Program (STP): $6.63 million
  • Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP): $1.19 million
  • Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) $1.0 million 

All three programs require a minimum 13.5% non-federal match.1
NOTE: Thurston Regional Planning Council reserves the right to award funding from alternate eligible funding sources to those requested, i.e. STP in lieu  of TAP or CMAQ in lieu of TAP.  Doing so may enable TRPC to maximize its funding programs, program additional projects, and meet yearly obligation targets.
  1. Funding Programs:
  2. STP
  3. TAP
  4. CMAQ

Click on each funding program tab for eligible project types and activities.

Eligible Applicants

TRPC encourages all eligible applicants to submit project proposals. The following categories of applicants are defined for this Call for Projects process:

Traditional Transportation Partners

Any local agency that provides general purpose, surface transportation facilities, programs, and services as a part of its core mission. For this process, Traditional Transportation Partners include only Bucoda, Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm, Thurston County, the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, and Intercity Transit.

Non-Traditional Transportation Partners

Any agency or organization other than those identified above that provides surface transportation facilities, programs, or services that directly support the goals and policies of the adopted Regional Transportation Plan. Examples of these partners include the Port of Olympia, school districts, state and federal natural resource agencies, fire districts, and non-profit organizations. TRPC has established 5% and 10% allocations for Non-Traditional Partner applicants for the STP and TAP programs respectively.  Non-traditional partners should inquire about Certification Acceptance (CA) agency requirements for all project proposals. More information about CA requirements can be found in the Application Instructions and Process Guidance available for download in the Application Materials section below.

Process Schedule


The STP, TAP and CMAQ project application and selection processes follow the same schedule. The following dates and deadlines apply to all three programs. All dates are for 2016.  
Date   Activity
September 19   Official Call for Projects Opens
September 19 - October 14   Staff Support for Applicants
October 14   Project Proposal Applications due by 5:00 p.m. PST
October 20   Technical Advisory Committee Review of Proposals
October 24 - November 4   Public Review & Comment on Proposals
November 4   TRPC Preliminary Review of Proposals
November 9   Transportation Policy Board (TPB) Project Review and Recommendations to TRPC
December 2   TRPC Project Review and Action on Project Selection

Application Materials

Please review the Application Instructions and Process Guidance for detailed information about the Call for Projects process. This document provides information on the schedule, the funding programs, project eligibility, application instructions and requirements, and the selection process. 
Application Instructions and Process Guidance (PDF)
There is a separate application for each grant program. Each applications is four pages and is available for download in an Adobe Acrobat Portable Document fillable form format.2 If you require the application in another format, please contact TRPC (see contact information in the Staff Support section below). 

Note: The minimum font size accepted for applications is 10 pt. Applicants may submit up to a maximum of four additional pages per project application to include items such as maps, images, or letters of support.

Staff Support

Thurston Regional Planning Council staff is available to assist applicants with the Call for Projects process. General questions about the process may be directed to Paul Brewster by phone at 360-741-2526 or by email at brewstp@trpc.org.

The Federal Highways Administration and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) have specific requirements for administering and managing federally funded projects. The final authority on project eligibility is the WSDOT office of Highways and Local Programs. Applicants are encouraged to contact Brian Moorehead at WSDOT Olympic Region by phone at 360-357-2712 or by email at moorehb@wsdot.wa.gov.

Process Updates

This 2017-2019 Federal Funding Call for Projects website will be periodically updated throughout the process according to the schedule shown above.  Please bookmark and revisit this page periodically to obtain current information.

Background Information

TRPC is an important partner in the transportation planning process. As a council of governments comprised elected officials from cities, the county, tribes, Intercity Transit, school districts, colleges, and a variety of local government special purpose districts, TRPC offers broad representation to decision making on regional transportation priorities.

In its role as a federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization and a state designated Regional Transportation Planning Organization, TRPC endeavors to make its Regional Transportation Plan as inclusive and forward thinking as possible. To assist the region in fulfilling its long-range transportation planning goals in both the urban and rural areas of Thurston County, TRPC has authority to program discretionary federal funds to transportation projects, programs and services that serve local communities.

This call for projects is part of TRPC’s continuous, coordinated, and comprehensive approach to regional transportation planning.
1 Federal funding can only comprise 86.5% of the total project cost. For example, if the total project cost is $100,000 the applicant must provide a non-federal match no less than $13,500.

2The Adobe Acrobat Reader application is available free for download for both Windows and Mac OS operating systems (https://get.adobe.com/reader/).