Surface Transportation Block Grant Program

The Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program provides flexible funding that may be used by states and localities for transportation projects.  The intent of these projects is to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any federal-aid highway, bridge, public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and transit capital projects. Each year, approximately $12 million is available in STBG funding for the Greater Des Moines region.

FFY 2021 Grant Awards

Grant awards have been approved for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program by vote of the Policy Committee on May 22. Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has awarded more than $13 million to 16 transportation projects that improve Greater Des Moines.

Sixteen projects received more than $13 million. Projects receiving funding range from trails, streetscapes and transit buses, to the reconstruction of existing roads and bridges, as well as the construction of new roads. The grants are available through the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and administered by the MPO. A complete listing of funded projects is included below.

“With these funding awards, the MPO is helping advance the region’s goals for the transportation system,” Grimes Mayor and MPO Chair Tom Armstrong said, referring to the region’s long-term transportation plan, Mobilizing Tomorrow. Those goals are to enhance multimodal transportation options, optimize existing transportation infrastructure, improve the region’s environmental health, and further the health, safety and well-being of all residents.

The application process was competitive, with applications for 18 projects totaling more than $33.5 million in requests. MPO staff scored the projects on how well they help meet the regional performance measures established in Mobilizing Tomorrow. Additionally, the public provided comments and feedbacks on the proposed projects. The STP Funding Subcommittee reviewed applications, scoring and public comment and made a recommendation to the MPO Policy Committee, which approved the funding for the recommended projects on May 25.

Mobilizing Tomorrow is the long-range transportation plan for the year 2050 adopted by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in November 2014. The plan outlines how the MPO’s member governments throughout the Greater Des Moines region will invest approximately $600 million in transportation funding over the next 35 years.

Program Schedule

The schedule for the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program follows the federal fiscal year (FFY), which is October 1 – September 30.

October — Application process opens
December — Applications are due
January — Public comment period
January — Applicants present projects to MPO Funding Subcommittee
February — MPO Funding Subcommittee recommends project awards
March — Recommended awards presented to MPO Policy Committee
April — MPO Policy Committee votes on final awards

Click here for STBGP guidelines and scoring criteria

Application Process

The application process is outlined and cataloged each year on the MPO’s website. Click on the appropriate years below to review forms, guidelines, completed applications and additional information.

Federal Fiscal Year 2021
Federal Fiscal Year 2020

Federal Fiscal Year 2019

STBGP Projects and Applications Map

STBG Projects & Applications

Map of projects applying for and receiving funds from the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program.

Source: Des Moines Area MPO