Invest In Cook

Service Information

2022 Applications Are Closed

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways closed 2022 Invest in Cook applications on March 16, 2022.

Project recipients will be announced in late July 2022. This is the sixth year Invest in Cook funding has been awarded.

About Invest in Cook

Invest in Cook grants help municipalities further their transportation projects by covering the cost of planning, engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction associated with transportation improvements sponsored by local governments and private partners. Past projects funded by Invest in Cook have gone on to receive $3.00 of local, state or federal funding for every $1.00 of Invest in Cook awards. This program is designed to solicit applications for improvements consistent with the five priorities of Connecting Cook County, the County’s first long-range transportation plan in 75 years, which guides how the County invests in transportation to attract and retain businesses, people, capital and talent. Invest in Cook grants advance the Vital Communities, Sustainable Communities and Smart Communities priorities laid out in the Cook County Policy Roadmap.

Invest in Cook seeks projects consistent with the priorities detailed in Connecting Cook County that:

  • Prioritize transit and other transportation alternatives
  • Support the region’s role as North America’s freight capital
  • Promote equal access to opportunities
  • Maintain and modernize what already exists
  • Increase investments in transportation

DoTH staff evaluate and score proposals using publicly available, performance-based criteria. A qualitative assessment consisting of staff reviews of applications and applicant interviews complement the quantitative assessments.