Federal funds are made available to the Illinois Department of Transportationís Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering (BSPE) annually. The U.S. Department of Transportationís National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) disperses the federal funds through BSPE to be used for strategies focused on the ultimate goal of zero fatalities on all Illinois roadways. Key objectives of the Illinois Highway Safety Program include: reducing motor vehicle crashes, fatalities and injuries; increasing the use of occupant protection devices; and reducing impaired driving.


The Highway Safety Program operates on a cost-reimbursement basis. This requires state and local agencies and qualified organizations that are approved for funding to pay for project expenses initially. Once the agreement has successfully been executed, state and local agencies and qualified organizations are then reimbursed through the BSPE claims process. Only approved documented expenditures made in accordance with the agreement will be reimbursed under the Illinois Highway Safety Program.


BSPE has multiple grant opportunity postings available throughout the year to enhance highway safety efforts. Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) available to state and local agencies and qualified organizations are listed on the homepage and updated regularly. The official NOFO postings can be found at the Grants Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) website. Remember to check back for funding opportunities throughout the year.