Apply to be Nominated for Complete Streets Grant Up to $1,000,000

The WA Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for nominations for the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) “Complete Streets Awards,” a program offering between $100,000 and $1 million grants to local governments that have adopted a complete streets ordinance.

Commerce will nominate up to 10 cities or counties and intends to include a balance of Eastern Washington communities with a population of 10,000 or less in the nominations.

The TIB coordinates nominations from select state agencies and nonprofit organizations every two years. As a nominating agency, Commerce has created an application for cities and counties to demonstrate the practice of planning and building streets to accommodate multi-modal transportation options for all ages and abilities.

The TIB team will evaluate nominations based on policy quality, plan integration, community outreach and engagement, past project actions and future project plans. For more information, visit the TIB grants webpage.

Grants will fund projects that align with communities' Complete Streets program goals and project priorities. The TIB will work with nominees to submit and approve a work plan prior to distributing funds. Grant awards will range between $100,000 and $1 million. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Cities, towns, and counties with an adopted “Complete Streets” ordinance are eligible to apply. Applicants must be current with the last periodic update cycle consistent with the Growth Management Act. Applicants not meeting these threshold criteria by Oct. 1, 2021 will not be eligible for nomination by Commerce, however, the community may be eligible for nomination by another organization. See TIB's webpage for a full list of nominating organizations.
  • Jurisdictions with current populations of 10,000 or less and/or located in Eastern Washington are encouraged to apply.
  • Cities and counties with a current Complete Streets award must finish their work plan items and have their close-out paperwork processed in order to be eligible for this new cycle of awards.

Timeline and Next Steps

Key dates:

  • Oct. 1: Nomination applications due to Commerce
  • Nov. 29: Commerce recommends nominees to the TIB
  • Jan. 2022: The TIB awards funding

Completed electronic applications with the required attachments are due to Commerce no later than Oct. 1, 2021. Visit the TIB grants page for more information. Send completed applications and any questions or comments to Kristen Larsen or call at (360) 280-0320.