NOACA receives approximately $51 million annually in funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to allocate to projects in its five counties. The NOACA Board of Directors determines which transportation improvement projects will receive federal funds in the NOACA region.
NOACA distributes this funding through the following programs:
- Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ): CMAQ funds can only be used for projects that help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. They may be used for traffic signal upgrade projects, bus replacements, bike facilities, intelligent transportation system improvements, transit center and Park-N-Ride construction – and for conducting NOACA’s Air Quality Program. NOACA is part of Ohio’s Statewide Urban CMAQ Committee (OSUCC), which determines annual fund distribution for this program. Once projects are recommended for CMAQ funding by the NOACA Board of Directors, final funding decisions are made by OSUCC.
- Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310): The Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program provides capital and operating grants to assist private non-profit corporations and public agencies who offer coordinated transportation services that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Cleveland Urbanized area. Click here for more information.
- Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG): FHWA funds which are the most flexible and may be applied to road and bridge projects, transit projects, bikeways and planning. NOACA will NO LONGER process project applications for NOACA-administered Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds for amendment to the NOACA Long Range Transportation Plan (Plan) or Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) on a quarterly basis.
- Technical Assistance: NOACA’s Technical Assistance (TA) Program offers NOACA staff planning expertise on community-based multimodal transportation projects. The program improves the safety, efficiency, and preservation of the transportation system for all users, and improves the quality of life in the region. Click here for more information.
- Transportation Alternatives (TA): FHWA funds that are used for programs and projects that include pedestrian and bicycle facilities, safe routes for non-drivers, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation. TA funds can also be used for recreational trail program projects, safe routes to school projects, and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways. NOACA will NO LONGER process project applications for NOACA-administered Transportation Alternative (TA) funds for amendment to the NOACA Long Range Transportation Plan (Plan) or Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) on a quarterly basis.
- Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI): The TLCI program consists of two components: the planning grant and the implementation grant. The planning grant component helps local partners fund planning studies that can lead to improvements to transportation systems and the neighborhoods they support. The planning grant program has led to dozens of completed studies over the past decade. More information about TLCI can be found here.
Funding Resource Guide
NOACA’s Funding Resource Guide provides a searchable database of various funding programs for transportation and environmental projects.
If you are a project sponsor seeking non-NOACA STBG or TA funding, please download the application packet. Applications are fillable PDF forms and require an updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please fill them out, save them, and email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In early planning stages, NOACA encourages project sponsors to not get overly concerned about project funding categories. When planning a transportation project, sponsors should expect a two to six year process depending on the project complexity and extent of engineering studies needed. View the ODOT project development process and steps at NOACA here.
We’re committed to funding good projects, and many projects can be funded with more than one type of funding. The earlier NOACA learns about projects and can include them into the long-range transportation plan, the more opportunities NOACA staff has to facilitate project sponsors in identifying potential funding sources. NOACA staff and committees will work to determine which funding category is most appropriate for a given project at a given time.
If you are a project sponsor requesting changes to an existing NOACA TIP funding commitment, please complete a Funds Management Request Form, as indicated in our Funded Projects Cost Management Policy. For more information on project funding policies, read NOACA’s Regional Transportation Investment Policy.
Federal Surface Transportation Law
For more information on Federal Surface Transportation Law, currently The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act,” go to: www.transportation.gov/fastact.