Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

FY2019 Call for Projects

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has announced a third 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, 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.

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, 2019 and ends at 5:00 PM CST on March 15, 2019.  

Program Description

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

Application Form 

Applicants must fill out the 2019 application form to be considered for an Invest in Cook grant.

Application Submission

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

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

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.