With guidance from the WCOG Transportation Policy Board (WTPB) and Transportation Technical Advisory Group (TTAG), WCOG staff facilitates a competitive selection process to award annually allocated program funds for Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) and Transportation Alternatives (TA) programs, as well as the Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) that was recently established from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also referred to as Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The process is conducted biennially as a “call for projects” to help finance qualifying projects that advance regional goals outlined in the regional transportation plan, currently Way to Go, Whatcom, and policies in accordance with WCOG regional planning. Qualifying projects are scored and prioritized by TTAG members through a qualitative and quantitative application process. Final project prioritization and federal funding awards are determined by the Whatcom Transportation Policy Board.
Call for projects schedule
- Project funding proposal forms available by March 1
- Proposals due to WCOG May 12
- TTAG presentations May 25
- Preliminary scores due June 15
- TTAG meeting – Q&A and finalize TTAG scoring June 22
- Policy Board finalization of project selection July 12
Funds available by specific area geography and any-area for 2027 – 2029 programs
Application Form (also available under Documents)
Resources to help determine project eligibility
Surface Transportation Block Grant
The Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program is the region’s most flexible federal funding source that can apply to broad range of transportation investments.
Transportation Alternatives (TA), also known as a “set-aside” of the STBG program, focuses on non-motorized projects, safe routes to school (SRTS) programs, enhancements and other smaller scale investments.
Carbon Reduction Program*
The Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) focuses on activities that have been identified to reduce or mitigate transportation-related emissions.
*WCOG Policy Board has awarded CRP funding for 2022 – 2026. No further CRP funding is available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).