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CRTPO Discretionary Projects Map

The map above shows Discretionary funded projects from 2019 – 2022.

2023 Spring Call for Shortfall Projects

The CRTPO call for applications for shortfalls on existing discretionary funded projects is now closed. Supplemental funding requests can be for existing roadways, bicycle/pedestrian, and transit projects. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) receives direct attributable funds to be allocated to member jurisdiction projects on a competitive basis. The Discretionary Funds Policy guides project selection. 

This is not your only opportunity in 2023 to apply for funds.  CRTPO will be holding a call for projects starting in August 2023, and we will accept applications for new and existing projects.  Stay tuned for details on that in the coming months. The spring shortfall schedule of events is listed below.

If you have any questions about discretionary projects, please contact Jennifer Stafford at

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

Locally Administered Projects Workshop

On May 8, 2023, the CRTPO in conjunction with FHWA and NCDOT, hosted a training workshop for project delivery of federally funded projects. 

Below are links to the presentation and the speaker contact information.  A link to the recorded Workshop will be available later.

Overview of CRTPO’s Call for ProjectsJennifer Stafford, jennifer.stafford@charlottenc.govDevelopment Planner, CRTPO
Funding, Monitoring & Reporting, and ExpectationsTammy RichardsLocal Programs Manager, FHWA
Overview of Federal-aid Project Delivery, Documents, and Submittals.  Helpful HintsJeff Burleson, jaburleson@ncdot.govLocally Admin.  Projects Engineer, NCDOT
Agreements and On-boarding ConsultantsMarta Matthews, mtmatthews@ncdot.govLocal Programs Manager, NCDOT
Environmental DocumentationJoel Howard, jmhoward@ncdot.govPDEA Engineer, NCDOT
Right of WayJason Callicutt, Jacallicutt@ncdot.govROW Agent, NCDOT
Utilities/Railroads (timeline/scheduling)Lynn Basinger, TLBasinger@ncdot.govUtilities Engineer, NCDOT
Specifications/Contract Proposal/Bidding & Award of Contract ProcessJared Mathis, jsmathis@ncdot.govContracts Engineer, NCDOT
Construction Contract Administration and Project CloseoutKellie Crump, ext-kkcrump@ncdot.govTransportation Engineer II, NCDOT/KCA
NCDOT’s Enterprise Business Services (EBS) Portal (agreement request, document review, reimbursement process, etc.)Marta Matthews, mtmatthews@ncdot.govLocal Programs Manager, NCDOT
Workshop topics, presentations, and contact information.


Federal Highway Administration Locally Administered Project Review Checklist

North Carolina Department of Transportation Locally Administered Project Review Checklist

Discretionary Funds Webinars

How to apply for grants webinar: August 11, 2021 
View the webinar recording here: Discretionary Funds Application Webinar

Planning funding webinar: September 22, 2021
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

Additional Resources:
View the Cost Estimating Tools page for additional resources.


How to apply for grants webinar recording: Discretionary Funds Application Webinar

If you have any questions about discretionary projects, please contact Jennifer Stafford at

NCDOT Agreements & Authorizations – June 24, 2019

Local Discretionary-Funds Project Managers Workshop

CRTPO hosted a workshop for the Local Discretionary-Funds Project Managers in June 2019. Below is the recording from the workshop regarding NCDOT Agreements and Authorizations.