Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

FY2018 Call for Projects

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has announced a second round of Invest in Cook, an $8.5 million program to cover the cost of planning and feasibility studies, engineering, right-of-way acquisition, and construction associated with transportation improvements sponsored by local and regional governments and private partners. This program is designed to solicit applications for improvements consistent with the five priorities of Connecting Cook County, the County’s first long range transportation plan in 75 years:

  • Prioritize Transit and Other Transportation Alternatives
  • Support the Region’s Role as North America’s Freight Capital
  • Promote Equal Access to Opportunities
  • Maintain and Modernize What Already Exists
  • Increase Investments in Transportation   

Invest in Cook ensures that limited resources are spent wisely by identifying the universe of transportation proposals and prioritizing them using objective and transparent selection criteria. Just as important, it strengthens the partnerships and strategic matching of funding from various sources to expedite the completion of projects vital to a stronger economy and more livable communities.

Eligible Applicants and Projects

Eligible applicants include local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, and any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for transportation or recreational trails within Cook County.  Private for-profit or non-profit organizations can submit project proposals but they are required to partner with a public sponsor that meets the above criteria. Lead applicants are limited to a single project application. Staff salaries are not an eligible expense under this program.

To foster the development of quality projects and help projects meet qualifications required to receive federal funding, applications can be submitted for projects at any stage of development, from planning and feasibility studies, to engineering design, and all the way through to final construction.

Eligible project proposals should expand the County’s involvement in multimodal projects and can include proposals for the adoption of new technologies and policies as well as those for transit, bicycle, pedestrian, freight, roadway and bridge improvement projects.


The call for projects opens on January 19, 2018 and ends 5 P.M. CST on March 16, 2018.




The 2018 application period for Invest in Cook opened on Friday, January 19th.  Two workshops will be held as follows to provide guidance for prospective applicants:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1:00-3:00 p.m.

County Building

118 North Clark Street, on the 4th Floor in Room 4A

Thursday, February 1, 2018

2:00-4:00 p.m.

George Dunne County Office Building,

69 West Washington, on the 22nd Floor in Room 22A

Please RSVP to Tim Egan at 312-603-1534 or for the session that you will be attending.

How to Apply

1. Applicants should read the detailed description of the program before filling out and submitting an application.

Program Description  

2. Applicants must fill out the 2018 application form to be considered for an Invest in Cook grant.

Application Form  

3. All applications and attachments must be submitted electronically at the link provided below.

Application Online Submission  

Helpful Resources

Cook County, Connecting Cook County Plan

SSEGI Phase I Report Executive Summary

Cook County, Partnering for Prosperity

Cook County, Planning for Progress

IDOT, Getting Around Illinois Site for Traffic Counts

HUD, CDBG Eligibility Map

CMAP, Travel Time Reliability Map

CNT, Transit Deserts in Cook County

2017 Invest in Cook Grant Awards

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH) selected 30 projects as part of Cook County’s inaugural Invest in Cook grant program. The selected projects include transit improvements, cycling and pedestrian enhancements, traditional roadway repair and freight enhancements.

The County’s investment of $7.2 million leveraged an additional $7.6 million in federal, state and local funds. The commitment of County transportation resources will enable $14.8 million in project activity across all phases to get underway in the coming year.

2017 Invest in Cook Grant Awards