Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

FY2019 Call for Projects

The application period for the 2019 Invest in Cook program closed as of 5:00 p.m. CST on March 15, 2019.

Applications received will be evaluated by Department staff and grant awards will be announced following the July 25, 2019 meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

Invest in Cook

Invest in Cook is an $8.5 million program that covers 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.

The Program Description provides more information about eligible applicants and projects and the process used to evaluate proposed projects.

2018 Invest in Cook Grant Awards

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DOTH) has selected 34 projects as part of Cook County’s 2018 Invest in Cook grant program.  

Cook County funded nearly $7 million for the transportation-related projects, which span over 29 municipalities, including the City of Chicago. The selected projects include transit improvements, cycling and pedestrian enhancements, traditional roadway repair and freight enhancements. The County’s investment leverages an additional $26.8 million in federal, state and local funds. The commitment of County transportation resources will enable $33.8 million in project activity across all phases to get underway in the coming year.

Please contact Tim Egan at 312-603-1534 or for more information.