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CRTPO Discretionary Projects

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) receives direct attributable funds to be allocated to member jurisdiction projects on a competitive basis.


Spring 2021 Shortfall Funding Call for existing CRTPO Discretionary Funded Projects

The CRTPO Call for Shortfall Projects is now open!

Funding requests can be made for existing roadway, bicycle/pedestrian, and transit projects with a documented need for additional discretionary grant funds.

A shortfall project is a project with prior CRTPO discretionary funds that has experienced an increase in the project cost estimate, resulting in the need for additional discretionary funds to successfully deliver the project.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 30, 2021.

Required application: https://forms.gle/wFCv2L61gdHKgeqa8 
Required form: 2021 Spring Shortfall Form 1

Sample Form 1, Funding Sheet: 2021 Sample Form 1
Example A – Construction Phase
Example B – Design Phase

The Discretionary Funds Policy is posted below.

Cost estimating tools can be found on the CRTPO Resources page.

This is not your only opportunity in 2021 to apply for funds. CRTPO will be holding a Call for Projects in August 2021, and we will accept applications for new and existing projects.  Stay tuned for details on that in the coming months.


Discretionary Funds Policy Document

At its February 13, 2019 meeting, the CRTPO Board adopted the MPO’s first Discretionary Funds Policy Document. The policy document was revised on August 19, 2020.

The policy and appendices may be found here:

Discretionary Funds Policy Guide (Revised August 19, 2020)
Appendix I (Annual Program Schedule)
Appendix II (Discretionary Funding Amounts)
Appendix III (Roadway Scoring Criteria)
Appendix IV (Bike-Ped Scoring Criteria)

CRTPO Transportation Funding Programs Brochure: State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Discretionary Projects Program


CRTPO Board Approves Discretionary Funds for Area Transportation Projects from the 2020 Fall Call for Projects

  • The CRTPO Board approved $34.4 million in discretionary project funds supporting 15 projects across 9 CRTPO jurisdictions at its December 16, 2020 meeting.

  • A complete list of discretionary projects approved for funding can be found in the news release here.

On December 16, 2020, the CRTPO Board approved the following discretionary project funds by mode:

 Approved Discretionary Projects

If you have any questions about discretionary projects, please contact Jennifer Stafford at jennifer.stafford@charlottenc.gov.


Federal Transit Administration Section 5303 FY2022 Call for Projects is now closed

CRTPO receives Federal Transit Administration (FTA) formula funds annually. These funds are used to support multimodal transportation planning projects to its member jurisdictions and transit agencies within the planning area. The NCDOT allocated FY2022 FTA Section 5303 grant funds for planning projects is projected to be $980,000. This amount is subject to change, and the final amount will be released by NCDOT in January 2021.

The FTA Section 5303 FY2022 call for projects closed on December 7, 2020.

If you have any questions about the FTA Section 5303 projects, please contact Jerrel Leonard at Jerrel.Leonard@charlottenc.gov.


Local Discretionary-Funds Project Managers Workshop

CRTPO hosted a workshop for the Local Discretionary-Funds Project Managers in June 2019 and a webinar for completing the Fall Call application in September 2019. Below are recordings from both the workshop regarding NCDOT Agreements and Authorizations and webinar regarding CRTPO's Discretionary Funding application process.

This information is still relevant for the 2020 Fall Call for New and Shortfall Projects open from August 17 - October 16, 2020.