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Independence Day and Labor Day Impaired Driving Crackdown Mini Grant

Grants to Illinois Local Law Enforcement Agencies to
Increase Traffic Patrol During Summer Holidays

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Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) - Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering (BSPE)

Deadline Date:

03/23/18 5:00 PM Email Receipt


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Grants to Illinois county and local law enforcement agencies to enhance traffic law enforcement by increasing patrol hours during holiday weekends. Funding may be requested for the hireback of police officers during the upcoming Labor Day and Independence Day holidays.

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) helps Illinois maximize the effect of sustained, stepped-up, year-long traffic enforcement. The Impaired Driving Crackdown Mini Grant is intended to augment that effort with enforcement hours in addition to those being provided by year-long STEP grantee law enforcement agencies.

The Impaired Driving Crackdown Mini Grant is open to all Illinois law enforcement agencies, including those who are currently IDOT STEP grantees, as a way to maximize the impact of the strong media and enforcement effort already in place for the Independence Day and Labor Day “Driver Sober of Get Pulled Over” Crackdowns.

Funding Information:

On December 4, 2015, the President signed into law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that authorizes Federal highway, highway safety, transit, and all rail programs for five years from the Federal fiscal years (FFY) 2016 through 2020. The FAST Act maintains the current grant programs (i.e. occupant protection, state traffic safety information systems, impaired driving countermeasures, distracted driving, motorcyclist safety, State graduated driver licensing). The FAST Act does add a new grant, non-motorized safety.

The federal funding under FAST Act related to this NOFO will be:
-Section 405d - Impaired Driving Countermeasures Grants

All grant funding opportunities administered by BSPE are subject to the GATA and Federal Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) rules and regulations. Applicants may find information concerning the GATA Pre-Award Registration Information in the Supporting Documents.


This Notice of Funding Opportunity is to encourage and seek Illinois law enforcement agencies’ participation in enhanced impaired driving traffic enforcement. Agencies wanting to participate must submit applications to seek funding for officer hireback hours. All Illinois law enforcement agencies are eligible to apply for this grant. Alcohol-impaired driving remains a substantial problem on Illinois roads with over 300 individuals each year losing their lives in an alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crash. Crash data shows trending evidence that drug-impaired driving is also on this rise. With the Impaired Driving Crackdown Mini Grant, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is wanting to give local law enforcement agencies the resources to emphasize enforcement of impaired driving laws during two, two-week, high-visibility, crackdowns during the Independence Day and Labor Day holidays.

Review and Selection Process:

During the last two years, Illinois has developed a process for selecting the appropriate projects for solving highway safety problems and meeting highway safety performance goals. The primary goal of all highway safety programs is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-state owned roads and tribal roads. All highway safety programs require a strategic, data-driven approach improving highway safety. In addition, all the local project specifications are revised in November annually to include new objectives, strategies and performance-directed measures to keep projects focused on reducing injuries and fatalities on Illinois roadways. The Evaluation Unit provides updated objectives and performance driven measures for local project specifications and grantees are required to focus enforcement squarely behind each holiday mobilization. All grant applications are assigned to Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering (BSPE) staff for reviewing and scoring based on specific criteria. First, an application is assigned to a staff member along with a project evaluation template for an initial review. A second review will be completed by one of IDOT’s program coordinator’s (i.e., occupant protection, impaired driving), or by either a member of the HSP Committee or an executive staff member. Then, the final score will be calculated by averaging the first two reviewer’s scores.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183141

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Term of Contract:

Grand Program Dates:
-Independence Day: June 25 - July 8, 2018
-Labor Day: August 20 - September 4, 2018

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include Local and County law enforcement agencies. All grantees receiving federal highway safety funds must have an acceptable accounting system in existence capable of identifying the federal-related costs separately from their general operating costs.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must have an up-to-date DUNS registration with, Internal Control Questionnaire for the current federal fiscal year, and if applicable, an indirect Cost Rate prior to applying for grant funding opportunities.

All submissions must be emailed by 5:00 PM on March 23, 2018, to be considered as an FFY 2018 applicant.

The anticipated announcement and start award dates, if applicable, is April 1, 2018 - April 10, 2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Adam Gabany

Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering
2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Room 007
Springfield, IL 62764

Funding or Pin Number:

NOFO: 18-0343-05

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois