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Resource Development and Funding

The COMPASS Call for Projects officially opens on October 19, 2022, with the deadline of midnight, December 6, 2022. Public agencies and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for:

  •  Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) – Transportation Management Area (TMA) funds for non-motorized transportation projects
    • Eligible applicants:  Public agencies in Ada and Canyon Counties and nonprofits (with focus on the Boise Urbanized Area)
  • Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) – TMA funds for roadway, alternative transportation, plans, and studies projects
    • Eligible applicants: Public agencies in Ada and Canyon Counties (with focus on Boise Urbanized Area)
  • STBG – Urban funds for roadway, alternative transportation, plans, and studies projects
    • Eligible applicants: Public agencies in the Nampa Urbanized Area (and the Cities of Kuna and Star)
  • Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) – TMA and Urban funds for projects that will reduce the transportation emissions from on-road highway sources
    • Eligible applicants:  Public agencies in the Boise and Nampa Urbanized Area
  • Communities in Motion Implementation Grants funds for small projects that implement the goals of the long-range transportation plan
    • Eligible applicants: COMPASS Member Agencies                
  • Project Development Program assistance to develop a project concept for future project application
    • Eligible applicants: COMPASS Member Agencies

More details regarding programs and applicant eligibility are available in the COMPASS Application Guide and COMPASS Policies or by contacting Toni Tisdale at


COMPASS provides a variety of services to its members to assist in securing and managing federal transportation Resource development program process graphicdollars and other funding to meet capital and maintenance needs, and to support regional goals outlined in Communities in Motion 2040 2.0, the regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon 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).

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. Members are provided two opportunities to submit Phase I applications each year. 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. All applications are added to the Resource Development Plan (see below) for further research and analysis. A “second opportunity” for Phase I applications is available in April with an early May deadline.

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.

COMPASS Application Guide

The COMPASS Application Guide (below) provides more detail of the application process. Contact Toni Tisdale, Dane Hoskins, or Joey Schueler for more information about submitting an application.

Forms for application assistance:

FY2023 Resource Development Plan
COMPASS solicits funding and related needs from its members on an ongoing basis. Projects submitted for funding through Phase I applications are compiled annually into a Resource Development Plan. The plan is used to direct COMPASS’ resource development efforts and is approved annually by the COMPASS Board of Directors.

COMPASS Procedure for Resource Development Plan


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.




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.

COMPASS Procedure for Project Development Program (PDF)


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.

COMPASS Procedure for CIM Implementation Grant Program


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.

Contact Joey Schueler (208/475-2232) for assistance.