Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program


MAPA is conducting a call for Surface Transportation Block Grant projects beginning October 29, 2021. Project applications are due by 4:30 pm on January 7, 2022. As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Omaha-Council Bluffs region, MAPA receives an annual apportionment or allocation of Surface Transportation Block Grant funding. Surface Transportation Block Grants provide flexible funding that communities within the MAPA Transportation Management Area (TMA) can use to improve or construct roadways, bridges, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and to implement transit capital projects.

MAPA has four separate categories for which it requests Surface Transportation Block Grant funding:

  • System Preservation: MAPA’s 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan emphasizes the maintenance of the region’s existing transportation system. In the interest of delivering projects quickly and efficiently, and meeting targets as part of performance-based planning, System Preservation projects will be preferred over others.
  • Planning & Leverage: Applicants seeking to use STBG-MAPA funding for planning purposes can apply by providing MAPA with a description of the proposed study. Applicants can apply for up to 80% of the study cost with 20% of the cost coming from a local match amount. Leverage projects are those that have been awarded funds from another source (one not managed by MAPA), but would only be feasible with an additional STBG-MAPA award.
  • Capital Projects: Capital Projects generally include those that expand the region’s transportation infrastructure. Traditionally this has been through road widening, new road construction, and deployment of Intelligent Transportation System infrastructure.
  • Alternative Transportation Projects: Alternative Transportation Projects should apply for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding. If the annual requests for TAP-MAPA funding exceed what is available, the Transportation Alternatives Program Committee will make a recommendation of projects to the Project Selection Committee for consideration along with other requests to STBG.

Communities in Iowa and Nebraska are encouraged to submit applications for funding.

MAPA has approximately $5 million available for Iowa projects and $20 million available for Nebraska projects for the upcoming Transportation Improvement Program (which begins in October each year).

Project applications for the FY2022 STBG-MAPA funding cycle should be submitted no later than 4:30 pm on January 7, 2022 using MAPA’s online TIP database via the link below.

Questions about the program can be emailed to, or you can contact Michael Helgerson by phone at 402-444-6866 x3224.

FY2023 STBG-MAPA Application Page

FY2023 STBG-MAPA Policy Guide