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Transportation Funding Discretionary Grant NOFO Calendar

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Watch for announcements in the Fall for the following Discretionary Grants Program NOFO's. Get a head start in researching these upcoming opportunities now!

Current Grant Opportunities

OTO Grant Opportunities

No open grant opportunities

State Grant Opportunities

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Climate Pollution Reduction Subgrant

Municipalities are encouraged to apply for subgrant funding to hold informational meetings in their communities to inform the public about the department's Climate Pollution Reduction Planning efforts. Through these outreach meetings municipalities will gather ideas for projects to include in the department's Priority Climate Action Plan, which will reduce greenhouse gas pollution in communities. Only project included in this non-binding climate action plan will be eligible for the $4.6 billion in EPA funds that will be available in early 2024. More information and application can be found here: Climate Pollution Reduction Subgrant.

There will be a webinar during the last week of September. This webinar will include the expectations of the subgrant recipients.

Application Deadline -

  • October 20, 2023, department plans to award subgrants prior to deadline as applications are received.

Missouri Railroad Safety Crossing plan

Governor Parson signed House Bill 4 providing MoDOT with additional funding to improve safety at Highway/Railroad crossings. The State of Missouri also completed a State Action Plan for Highway/Railroad Crossings that can be found here: Missouri Railroad Safety Crossing Plan | Missouri Department of Transportation (

To request project funding for improved railroad crossing signals please fill out the Project Application and Data Form found here: Railroad Advance Warning Signs - Request for Funding | Missouri Department of Transportation (

If your jurisdiction has multiple crossings, then an application is needed for each one. For more information you can contact

There was not application deadline listed.

MoDOT Transportation Cost-Share Program

The program provides financial assistance to public and private applicants for state highway and bridge projects satisfying a transportation need. MoDOT matches partners investments up to fifty percent (50%) of the project cost. Set-aside funds for economic development may fund up to one-hundred percent (100%) of the total project cost. MoDOT works in cooperation with the Department of Economic Development and project sponsors to determine when targeted investments can be made to create jobs and may provide up the on-hundred percent (100%) of the cost. Retail development projects do not qualify as economic development projects that create jobs.

Information on the Cost Share Program and Applications can be found here:

Cost Participation and Cost Share | Missouri Department of Transportation (

Application Deadlines (Multiple Times Per Year) -

  • Southwest District Coordination Date - 8/6/2023, Application Deadline - 10/6/2023
  • Southwest District Coordination Date - 2/12/2024, Application Deadline - 4/12/2024

Missouri Transportation Finance Corporation Dates -

  • Application Deadline - 8/15/2023, Decision Date - 10/4/2023

Federal Grant Opportunities

Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant

The 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity has been issued for SMART discretionary grant applications - Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program | US Department of Transportation

The program was established to provide grants to eligible public sector agencies to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems in order to improve transportation efficiency and safety.

Application Due - October 10, 2023 @ 5 p.m. (eastern time)

  • Eligible applicants - States, MPOs, Local Governments
  • Eligible Projects - A SMART Grant may be used to carry out a project that demonstrates at least one of the following: Coordinated automation, connected vehicles, sensors, systems integration, delivery/logistics, innovative aviation, smart grid, traffic signals.

Thriving Communities Program (TCP)

US DOT is now accepting applications for the 2023 Thriving Communities Program (TCP). TCP offers two separate response opportunities for potential applicants; a Letter of Interest and a Notice of Funding application.

Technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support to teams of community partners that may lack the staffing or technical expertise to scope, fund, and develop infrastructure projects that advance broader communti8y goals. For complete information see the information found here: Information for Communities

Letter of Interest (LOI) Due - via DOT webform by 4:59 p.m. (eastern time) November 15, 2023, to be considered for selection.

Thriving Communities Regional Pilot Program

  • For state governments or regional transportation organizations working at the regional or metropolitan level.
  • Selected applicants will receive $1-2 million over 3 years to provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support and peer learning opportunities to communities located within their jurisdiction or service area and selected by the applicant.

Complete information and NOFO can be found here: Thriving Communities Program

Application Due - November 28, 2023 @ 4:59 p.m. (eastern time)

Awarded Grants:

Safe Streets and Roads For All

The US Department of Economic Development has awarded the Ozarks Transportation Organization a planning grant in the amount of $228,800.

This grant will provide support for the development of a comprehensive Safety Action Plan. With this plan in place, OTO member jurisdictions will be able to apply for implementation grant funding in future years.

A complete description of the SS4A grant and Action Plan can be found here: SS4A | OTO (

Chadwick Flyer Trail Overpass (MO DED - ARPA Funding)

The City of Ozark, Missouri has been selected to receive $1.179 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for local tourism projects from the Missouri Department of Economic Development as part of Missouri's Local Tourism Asset Development program.

Ozark will use the awarded funds for the expansion of the Chadwick Flyer Trail to include a pedestrian overpass across Highway 65, allowing bicyclists and walkers to safely travel the eventual 12-mile trail between Ozark and neighboring Springfield. As of now, there is no safe route over Highway 65, leaving the trail segmented. The finished trail and overpass will connect Ozark’s Finley Farms and Downtown Square to Springfield’s own downtown district.

The $1.179 million will go toward the $3.75 million project total. City, county, and regional collaboration made the award possible.

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