Call for Project Applications – Illinois Great Streets

East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) is seeking new planning project applications for a “Great Streets Initiative” project in the Illinois portion of the St. Louis region:  Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties.  “Great Streets” are streets that effectively serve auto, pedestrian and bicycle traffic along with possible transit service, while supporting cohesive, interesting, healthy, and economically successful communities.  This initiative seeks to empower communities to be advocates for better street design.

Applications are due no later than 3:00 p.m. local time on October 18, 2017.

If your community is interested in submitting an application, please notify staff  as soon as possible by email at so that staff can notify you with updates about the application process.

Information Symposium / Workshop

EWG will hold an information symposium / workshop on September 27, 2017 beginning at 1:30 p.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. at the Regional Room at the Illinois Department of Transportation located at 1102 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, Illinois.

EWG staff will be available to attendees directly afterwards for application assistance in 15 minute time slots as needed.  EWG will provide application assistance until 4:30 p.m.

Register for Symposium / Workshop

The Application Form

You need to complete the Illinois Great Streets Application form to apply for funding.  The application form and supporting materials are due no later than 3:00 p.m. local time on October 18, 2017.  You may submit your application and supporting materials to EWG by email at or by mail to:

Great Streets
East-West Gateway Council of Governments
1 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 1600
St. Louis, MO 63102

Eligible Projects

Projects eligible for funding are those for new planning projects and not for additional phases of a previous Great Streets project.  The project area must be located within the Illinois portion of the St. Louis region served by EWG: Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties.

Eligible Applicants

Any community within the Illinois portion of the St. Louis region served by EWG is eligible to submit an application for Illinois Great Streets funding.

Application Review

EWG will evaluate applications based on consistency with the Great Streets Initiative program, “readiness” of project sponsors to facilitate the planning process, and commitment to plan implementation.

Funding Available

Project funds will be available to provide planning support only.  Project sponsors will be responsible for implementation.  Project sponsors will need to commit logistical support and community engagement / outreach for the planning effort.  EWG anticipates funding one project and the total project costs will not exceed $70,000.  There is not a local match funding requirement.

Next Steps

Once a project has been selected, EWG will issue a solicitation to hire a consultant to provide the planning services.  EWG will work with the project sponsor during the procurement process to hire up to four individual consultants.  EWG expects that the procurement process will be completed by March 2018.  All project work must be completed by June 30, 2018.