Federal Funding Call for Projects

Background Information

TRPC is an important partner in the transportation planning process. As a council of governments comprised of 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 aims 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.

Executing a call for projects is part of TRPC’s continuous, coordinated, and comprehensive approach to regional transportation planning.

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

Non-traditional partners are encouraged to apply for the TAP and CMAQ grant programs. They include 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 such partners include the Port of Olympia, school districts, state and federal natural resource agencies, fire districts, and non-profit organizations. 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.

Funding Programs

Lean more about the grant programs and eligible types of projects. Read on...

Eligible Applicants

TRPC encourages all eligible applicants to submit proposals that will have a positive impact on how people travel within the Thurston County region. Read on...

Application Materials

A 2020 Process Guidance and Application Instructions booklet is available to assist prospective applicants. All proposals must use the required grant program application. Read on...

Process Schedule

Learn the key dates about the call for projects in 2020. Read on...

Staff Contact Information

General questions about the process may be directed to Karen Parkhurst by phone at 360-741-2522 or by email at parkhuk@trpc.org.

Obligation Authority

Read the TRPC Obligation Authority Policy and Procedures...