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Illinois Division of Transportation Safety (DTS) Grants (Illinois)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)


    The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Division of Transportation Safety (DTS) major goals are to reduce motor vehicle crashes, fatalities and injuries, increase the use of occupant protection devices, and to reduce impaired driving. 

    In FY 2019, Highway Safety Funding is divided into the following grant programs:

    • Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) - Focuses sharply on specific times of the year and also on specific times of the day when data shows alcohol-involved and unbuckled fatalities are the highest. STEP requires participation in the Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years, St. Patricks Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day Campaigns. Optional weekend campaigns include Halloween and Super Bowl. NOTE: STEP participants also have the option of requesting funding for impaired driving, occupant protection, and speeding enforcement details outside of holiday campaigns. 
    • Local Alcohol Program (LAP) - Designed to produce a significant impact on a local community's impaired driving problem. Project activities may include local task force formation, DUI enforcement, public information and education, prosecution and adjudication.
    • Injury Prevention (IP) Program - Designed to reduce fatalities and injuries sustained in traffic crashes through educational programs and other initiatives. Staff provides educational presentations, coordinate public information campaigns and work with the media to raise public awareness of safe driving laws, use of occupant protection devices, designated drivers and other methods of increasing roadway safety.
    • Traffic Records (TR) Program - Funds traffic safety data improvement applications that that will address the any of the following items:
      • Develop and implement effective programs to improve the Timeliness, Accuracy, Completeness, Uniformity, Integration, and Accessibility of the state of Illinois data systems (Crash, Driver, Vehicle, Roadway, Citation/Adjudication, and Injury Surveillance. These data systems are needed to identify priorities for State, and local highway and traffic safety programs.
      • Improve the compatibility of the State data system with national data systems to observe and analyze national trends in crash occurrences, rates, outcomes, and circumstances. 
      • Evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to link these State data systems. The linked data will identify risk factors, protective factors, and outcomes of motor vehicle crashes. A better knowledge of how motor vehicle crashes affect types of injuries and injury severity can increase the potential public health impact of motor vehicle crash prevention efforts. Effective linked data could be integrated into more comprehensive crash risk assessment and management strategies and, when adopted, help to decrease the rates of injuries and fatalities among persons involved in motor vehicle crashes.

    FY 2019 Mobilization Dates Calendar is available to view at:


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    NOTE: The Highway Safety Program operates on a cost reimbursement basis. Local agencies/organizations that are approved for funding are required to pay for project expenses initially, and are then reimbursed by IDOT/DTS for approved, documented expenditures. IDOT/DTS then applies to NHTSA for reimbursement.


    Kathy Tolle

    Kathy Tolle
    2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL 62764
    (217) 557-5861

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligibility varies based on program area.  Generally, grants are awarded to local law enforcement agencies in Illinois.  Local civic organizations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, health departments, nonprofit groups and, under limited circumstances, private individuals and businesses may also be eligible to apply.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by March 10, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

    Award Details

    Up to $38,731,000 is available in FY 2019 for all programs. Award amounts vary based on program area. Program periods will extend 12-months, starting October 1, 2018. 


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