Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG)

This page contains information about the PPUATS STBG program and other major transportation infrastructure programs.

COVID Relief Funds 2021

Title IV of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, provided an additional $10,000,000,000 for highway infrastructure programs across the United States. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) distributed $876,791.41 of these COVID Relief Funds for infrastructure projects in the Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area. These funds will be programmed by the MPO.

COVID Relief Funds are to follow STBG guidelines. The funds can be used for projects on all roads except those classified as rural minor collectors and local streets. COVID Relief Funds are 100% federally eligible, meaning they are not subject to a required local match. The funds may be used in conjunction with other federal, state, and local dollars. However, the funds cannot be used to match other federal or state dollars, and they cannot be “swapped” for other federal dollars on a project previously authorized. Potential uses for these funds include:

  • Adding funds to FY 22-24 project(s) already in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
  • Identifying and programming a shovel-ready project in the Long-Range Transportation Plan 2020-2045
    “Shovel-ready” means Phase I Engineering and Environmental Review are complete and no additional right-of-way is required.

Call for Projects

At its May 27, 2021 meeting, the PPUATS Policy Committee directed staff to prepare and release a Call for Projects for COVID Relief Funds. All eligible projects submitted will be considered for funding along with TIP projects. More information is available in the Instructions and Criteria below and IDOT Circular Letter 2021-13. COVID Relief Funds will be programmed according to the following schedule approved by the Policy Committee.

  • May 19, 2021 — Technical discusses prioritization process and establishes subcommittee.
  • May 27 — Policy approves schedule for programming COVID Relief Funds.
  • May 31 – June 25 — Staff prepares and opens call for projects.
  • June 25 — Project applications due to staff by 4:00pm.
  • June 28 – July 16 — Subcommittee considers submissions, makes recommendation to Technical.
  • July 21 — Technical reviews and makes recommendation to Policy.
  • July 22 — Policy approves programming of COVID Relief Funds and necessary TIP amendment(s).

In the event of a successful merger of the PPUATS Policy Committee with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission effective July 1, 2021, the merged Commission will assume the duties of Policy.


Scoring criteria and project applications are public information and available to view. The application is a PDF with fillable forms and is best viewed with Adobe Reader (free download) or Adobe Acrobat.


Contact Ryan Harms ( with any questions regarding the process.

What is STBG?

The Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG, formerly referred to as STU) are federal funds allocated annually to the urbanized area through IDOT which are programmed by PPUATS. STBG funds may be used to fully or partially fund regionally-significant roadway projects in the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA):

  • New road projects
  • Road reconstruction projects
  • Road preservation projects

Eligible Activities/Projects

For a detailed list of eligible projects, see the most current guidelines for PPUATS STBG Application Procedures and Selection Criteria for New Roadways & Existing Roadways or the Resurfacing Pilot Program.

  • Construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or operational improvements of roadways
  • Projects relating to intersections that have high accident rates and/or high congestion levels
  • Capital costs for transit projects eligible for assistance under Chapter 53 of Title 49
  • Transportation alternatives, including recreational trails
  • INELIGIBLE: Engineering, ROW Acquisition, Utility Relocation, all other activities otherwise eligible under 23 USC 133 Surface Transportation Block Grant Program

Eligible Applicants

Dues-paying members of PPUATS are eligible to apply for funding. Non-member local jurisdictions within the PPUATS planning area must be sponsored by a PPUATS member.