SDOT Grants

2016 Transportation Grant Report

Most of SDOT’s construction projects rely at least in part on grant funding – typically state or federal funds. The types of grants typically available to SDOT are described below, as well as the process to select and develop SDOT projects for upcoming grants.

Typical Grants Available to SDOT

Federal Grants administered through the Puget Sound Regional Council

SDOT is eligible for FAST funding through grant competitions such as Surface Transportation Program, Transportation Alternatives Program, and Federal Transit Administration. More information on these grants is available on the PSRC's website:

Federal and State Grants administered by WSDOT

WSDOT distributes funds to high-priority projects in Washington’s cities through programs like Safe Routes to School and Pedestrian/Bicycle grants. More detailed information can be found at WSDOT's Highways and Local Programs website:

State Grants administered by the Transportation Improvement Board

SDOT is eligible for two TIB programs: the Urban Arterial Program and the Urban Sidewalk Program. Program descriptions are available on TIB’s website:

How Grant Projects are Developed and Prioritized

SDOT's Team Approach

SDOT uses a team approach to grant seeking, with staff from Project Management, Traffic Management, Roadway and Electrical Design, Signal Operations, Pedestrian/Bicycle Operations, Pavement Management, Planning and Finance all participating at various stages in the process.

Other City departments and outside agencies are invited for coordination and partnering opportunities. They include Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and King County Metro Transit.

Developing Projects

SDOT determines projects from a variety of sources:

  • Move Seattle projects
  • High collision locations
  • Paving needs
  • Pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and freight needs
  • Projects already developed
  • Signal needs
  • Neighborhood plans
  • Subarea plans and other adopted transportation plans

Project Selection

SDOT selects projects to submit to granting agencies that:


Jim Storment, SDOT Grant Coordinator, 206-684-5013 or