Call for Projects – CMAQ

East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) is now accepting project applications for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. CMAQ funds are available to eligible Illinois and Missouri sponsors. Please review this informational document to learn more about the CMAQ application process.

Applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Application Materials

The CMAQ Project Development Workbook provides information on the CMAQ program requirements and describes how to complete and submit a CMAQ application.  Sponsor information is required to download project applications. Click on the button below to download the project application form.  Save the application to your computer before filling it out.

Please make sure to download the current materials. Do not reuse material from prior solicitations.

Supplemental Materials

Additional Resources

Virtual Project Development Workshop

EWG hosted a virtual project development workshop to provide information on STP-S, including program eligibility and requirements, project applications, scoring criteria, and available funding. This workshop was held on November 17, 2020. The slide presentation is available for download.  A recording of the workshop is below or click here to download it and view later.

Project Development Workshop Video

Virtual Project Review Workshops

EWG will host three project review workshops in mid-January for CMAQ applicants.  These workshops will use the Zoom virtual platform. The Illinois workshop will be on January 13, 2021. The Missouri workshops will be on January 15 and 22, 2021.  At these workshops, applicants will receive feedback from a panel of experts with regards to their proposed application. This workshop is intended for applicants that have at the very least a specific project concept to present for review. Applicants are required to submit a Project Review Workshop Information Form or preliminary application, including a project location map, before the workshop so the panelists can gain some knowledge of the projects they will be reviewing.  Each applicant will have a half-hour to discuss up to two projects. Attendance at this workshop is encouraged, but not required to submit a project application.

Workshop Registration

Logical Termini Review

Illinois project sponsors are required to have defined logical termini before a final application may be submitted. This means a project must have rational end points and have independent utility when completed.  Illinois project sponsors must submit a Logical Termini Review Form, including a project location map, to EWG staff between November 6, 2020 and January 14, 2021.  EWG, FHWA, and IDOT staff will review the form to determine if logical termini may be established based on the form or if a logical termini meeting is needed.

The logical termini review meeting consists of a 20-minute time slot for the project sponsor to discuss the project scope and for IDOT and FHWA to make a determination on termini.  The logical termini reviews will be held virtually in December and January.

Registration for these meetings will be available starting in early December.  If logical termini were established for a project application in a prior year and scope/limits have not changed, submit the approved Logical Termini Form from the prior year in the application.



  • Visit EWG’s CMAQ page to find out more information about the CMAQ program.
  • Visit EWG’s STP-S page to find out more information about the STP-S program.
  • If you need technical assistance or have questions about your CMAQ Application, please contact EWG staff by email at