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CRTPO Discretionary Projects

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Organization (CRTPO) receives direct attributable funds, also known as discretionary funds or grants, to be allocated to member jurisdictions for specific projects on a competitive basis. Project selection is guided by the CRTPO Board-approved Discretionary Funds Policy Guide. The Guide prioritizes projects in the region that will utilize federal funds. Selected projects will be added to CRTPO’s Metropolitan Transportation Program (MTP) and adopted into the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).


2021 Fall Call for CRTPO Discretionary Funded Projects is Now Open!

On August 9, 2021, the CRTPO opened a call for projects in which all available discretionary federal and state funding sources will be considered for programming. There are approximately $50 million funds available for award.

The annual fall call consists of the following opportunities for member jurisdictions within the CRTPO planning area:

  1. New discretionary funded capital projects (roadway, bike/ped, and transit)
  2. Supplementary funds on existing CRTPO projects
  3. New planning projects (i.e., feasibility studies)

CRTPO member jurisdiction staff must email a pre-submittal form to jennifer.stafford@charlottenc.gov.

A mandatory pre-submittal meeting must be completed by October 15, 2021. This meeting be a one-on-one meeting with CRTPO staff. CRTPO staff will help you schedule the meeting. Your application will not be accepted without attendance of pre-submittal meeting. The pre-submittal meeting requirements are in your application packet.

Application Materials:

Estimating Resources:

Visit the Cost Estimating Tools page for additional resources.

How to apply for grants webinar: August 11 at 4 PM 
View the webinar recording here: Discretionary Funds Application Webinar

Planning funding webinar: September 22 at 4 PM
View the webinar recording here: Planning Funds Webinar (video)
View the webinar presentation here: Planning Funds Webinar (pdf)
View the planning project resources here: Planning Projects Resources

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

 2021 Fall Call Timeline


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 $11 million of transportation funding for Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union counties

Spring 2021 Supplemental Funding to Existing Discretionary Projects

The CRTPO Board approved $3.3 million following the annual 2021 spring call for existing discretionary projects that have experienced a funding shortfall at its June 16, 2021 meeting. The projects were evaluated based upon the following measures within the CRTPO Discretionary Funds Guide Policy:

  • Percent increase in CRTPO request over the project’s original budget
  • Most recent project phase completed (construction phase projects receive highest priority);
  • Percent of local funds committed for the shortfall request; and,
  • Number of previous shortfall awards received for this project.

Table 1 shows a list of projects and funds awarded. The 2020-2029 TIP has been amended to add funds to these projects. 

Table 1 –Spring 2021 Supplemental Discretionary Funding

 Approved Discretionary Projects

COVID Relief Funds for Maintenance Projects

The CRTPO Board approved $7.9 million from a COVID relief bill (HIP-CRRSAA) that was enacted by Congress in December 2020 to address impacts of COVID-19 related to Highway Infrastructure Programs. The spirit of the Act is to get people back to work quickly. The CRTPO received $7,949,000 based on factors such as population share and lane miles. 

Table 2 depicts the approved allocation of COVID relief funds to maintenance projects based upon county population share.

Table 2 - Summary of COVID Relief Funds County Allocation

 COVID Relief Funds

The approved projects comprise various maintenance activities in Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union counties. These maintenance projects are scheduled to start in 2022.

If you have any questions about discretionary, maintenance or funded projects, please contact Jennifer Stafford at jennifer.stafford@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.