An overview of the Complete Streets Award.
Overview

The Complete Streets Award is a new funding opportunity for local governments. The legislature provided funding in 2015 and the first awards were given in January of 2017. Awards ranged between $125,000 and $500,000. The next awards are tenatively scheduled for an open call in 2018 and awards in 2019.

TIB has developed this new funding source to be different from its other grant programs. The Complete Streets Award is flexible money given to any city or county in Washington state who has an adopted complete streets ordinance and shows an ethic of planning and building streets that use context sensitive solutions to accommodate all users, including pedestrians, transit users, cyclists, and motorists.

Download the Complete Streets Framework.

Download the list of Complete Streets Nominations - October 2016.

Next Opportunity

The next awards are tenatively scheduled for an open call in 2018 and awards in 2019. Nominations by nominating organizations will be due to TIB by December 14th, 2018. Nominating organizations will set their own deadlines for local agencies to be considered. Cities and counties with a current complete streets award must finish their work plan items and have their closeout paperwork processed by December 13th, 2018 in order to be eligible for this cycle of awards.

 

Award Information

Who is Eligible?
Any city or county that has an adopted complete streets ordinance is eligible to be nominated. Agencies with a known complete streets ordinance are listed below. If your agency has an ordinance and it is not listed below, please contact your TIB engineer. Cities and counties with a current complete streets award must finish their work plan items and have their closeout paperwork processed by December 13th, 2018 in order to be eligible for this cycle of awards.

How to be Considered for the Award
Eligible agencies may be nominated by any of the established nominating partners. Nominating partners include board approved state agencies and non-profit organizations that have an interest in transportation or complete streets. Current approved nominators include:

State Agency Partners Non-Profit Organizations

How to Nominate
Nominating agencies will fill out a simple 2-page form describing what motivates a nominator to nominate a city for an award. Nominators may describe activities or projects that indicate an ethic of building complete streets. Examples include: non-motorized master plans, current projects that accommodate non-motorized users, or future projects that retrofit streets and roads to include more users.

What Should Agencies Do?
Cities and counties should have an adopted complete streets policy and show an ethic of building for all users. Many agencies have been doing this without an official policy and these activities may be considered during nomination and evaluation by TIB staff. TIB encourages working with nominating organizations, especially during design and development of projects to ensure nomination.

Who is Awarded?
TIB staff will evaluate all nominations to determine who will receive awards. Unlike other TIB programs, there will not be set criteria established. TIB staff will evaluate based on policy quality, plan integration, community outreach and engagement, past project actions, and future project plans.

How Can Funds be Used?
Nominated agencies will submit a work program to TIB. Immediately after board approval of the city's or county's proposed work plan, TIB will disburse funds to the city or county. The city or county will hold the funds in a restricted account to be used only on activities in the approved work plan. TIB staff can approve work plan amendments administratively. Cities must expend funds within three years of payment or the funds will be recovered by TIB.

More Information on Complete Streets Award and Ordinances

For more information about this program please contact Chris Workman at ChrisW@tib.wa.gov.

More information about complete streets policies can be found on the MRSC website as well as through Smart Growth America's website.