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 $13 million is available in STBG funding for the Greater Des Moines region.

PRESS RELEASE — MPO funding announced for projects advancing regional goals

Program Schedule

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

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

Click here for STBG 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 2028
Federal Fiscal Year 2027