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2022 Fall Call for New and Shortfall Projects

CRTPO receives direct attributable funds to be allocated to member jurisdiction projects on a competitive basis.

On August 15, 2022, the CRTPO opened a call for projects in which all available discretionary federal and state funding sources will be considered for programming. Approximately $58 million funds are available for programming, mainly in the fiscal year 2026. There are state and federal funds available earlier for existing projects that need supplemental funds.

This year’s call includes a new funding source from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law called the Carbon Reduction Program. We will program available funds from 2023-2026 for over $13 million, included in the $58 million available. These funds may be used on projects that reduce carbon dioxide emissions from on-road highway sources. Projects may include dedicated bus lanes, traffic monitoring management, on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other nonmotorized forms of transportation. A complete list of eligible projects and additional program information may be found at INFORMATION: Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) Implementation Guidance (

When you decide to apply for funds, please immediately email a completed pre-submittal form to to request a pre-submittal meeting date.

A mandatory pre-submittal meeting must be completed by October 14, 2022. This meeting is 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 the pre-submittal meeting. The pre-submittal meeting requirements are in your application packet.

Application Materials:

Estimating Resources:

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

How to apply for grants webinar recording from 2021:
Video: Webinar Discretionary Funds – Fall Call

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

Fall Call TImeline
2022 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

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.