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Call for Projects – Phase I Due December 4, 2017

If you have a transportation-related project idea, let us help you find funding for it!

Eligible applicants: Cities, Counties, Highway Districts, and non-profits (for Transportation Alternatives Program in the Boise Urbanized Area, non-motorized projects).

Submit your Phase I applications via ZoomGrants, our new online application system, at any time throughout the year, but the cut-off for the FY2019-FY2023 funding cycle is December 4, 2017.

Phase I Applications (see sample questions below) request basic information about your project ideas and should be submitted whether you are seeking federal funding or COMPASS funding and/or grant assistance. You will be required to complete a Phase II application only if your project is deemed eligible for federal funding. All reference materials you may need to complete your application can be found in the Library section of the online application. 

Please contact Toni Tisdale or Kathy Parker if you have questions about your project idea.

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COMPASS provides a variety of services to its members to assist in securing and managing federal transportation dollars and other funding to meet capital and maintenance needs, and to support regional goals outlined in Communities in Motion 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada andCanyon Counties. These services cover the spectrum from grant research and grant-writing assistance to support throughout project implementation once funding is received.

For assistance with any of the programs below, please contact Toni Tisdale (208/475-2238) or Kathy Parker (208/475-2240).

Resource Development Services

COMPASS Application Process

In FY2016, COMPASS implemented a new system for project applications:  member agencies focus on projects and COMPASS focuses on funding. Many small agencies do not have enough staff to learn the minutia of federal grant funding, which can be extremely complicated. COMPASS took the mystery out of the application process by rolling applications for all funding COMPASS administers into one application process, from federal aid to the Project Development Program and CIM Implementation Grants (see below). Project applicants only need to apply once for their project to be considered for all funding sources.

Applications are accepted in a two-phase process. Phase I includes basic information about a project, or even a concept. Phase I applications are accepted throughout the year as agency planning processes result in prioritized local needs. Only the Phase I application is needed for projects that are not determined eligible for federal funding.

COMPASS staff reviews each application from Phase I for funding eligibility. If a project is eligible for federal-aid funding, COMPASS staff requests additional information in Phase II, such as specific data on roadway condition, freight corridor status, traffic volume, alternative modes considered, and additional required worksheets and attachments. Phase II applications are due approximately six weeks after the Phase I submittal.

A technical committee, made up of representatives from each COMPASS member agency, ranks all applications. Staff recommends a funding plan based on all funding availability using the ranking recommended by the technical committee. All applications that do not receive funding are added to the Resource Development Plan (see below) for further research and analysis.

The COMPASS Application Guide provides more detail of the application process. Applications are accepted through ZoomGrants, an online application system. Contact COMPASS staff for more information about submitting an application. A sample of the Phase I and Phase II applications are provided below:

Forms for Phase II application assistance:

Resource Development Plan

COMPASS solicits funding and related needs from its members on an ongoing basis. Projects that don't receive funding are compiled annually into a Resource Development Plan. The plan is used to direct COMPASS’ resource development efforts; it is approved annually by the COMPASS Board of Directors.

Grant Assistance

The time and expertise required to research potential funding opportunities and write competitive grant applications can be a significant barrier to applying for needed funding. To overcome that, COMPASS assists member agencies with grant research and writing to secure much-needed funding from a wide variety of sources – both public and private.

Project Development Program

The Project Development Program transforms member agency needs into well-defined projects with cost estimates, purpose and need statements, environmental scans, and public involvement plans to ensure readiness for funding applications.

Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Federally funded and regionally significant transportation projects are budgeted through the Regional Transportation Improvement Program, which is updated annually and amended as needed. COMPASS works closely with project sponsors throughout the life of a project to monitor the submittal of required documentation to safeguard against potential loss of funds due to missed deadlines.

Communities in Motion (CIM) Implementation Grants

Communities in Motion (CIM) Implementation Grants assist member agencies with local projects that further the goals of Communities in Motion.