2020 Invest in Cook Call for Projects and Workshop Info

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has announced a fourth 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, as well as the recommendations of the Cook County Freight Plan.

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, 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.

Helpful Resources

Cook County, Connecting Cook County Plan:

Cook County, Cook County Freight Plan:

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:

Deadlines and How to Apply

The call for projects opens on January 15, 2020 and ends at 5:00 PM CST on March 13, 2020.

Program Description: IIC Program Description 2020

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

Application Form: Application Form 2020

Applicants must fill out the 2020 application form to be considered for an Invest in Cook grant.

Application Submission https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/investincook2020

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

CCDOTH has hosted two Invest in Cook Workshops for potential applicants.

To view the January 24 slideshow presentation, January 30 Skype presentation and Question and Answer information, please see the following:

January 24 Workshop Presentation: IIC_Workshop_Jan.24.pdf

January 30 Skype Workshop Session: https://youtu.be/odIWkGqy4DU?t=125,

Workshop Q&A: IIC_Workshops QA

Friday, January 24, 2020

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

George Dunne County Office Building

69 West Washington, 22nd Floor Conference Center, Room 22AB

Thursday, January 30, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Via Skype

2019 Invest in Cook Grant Awards

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DOTH) has selected 34 projects as part of Cook County’s 2019 Invest in Cook grant program.  

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.