Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa DOT seeks sponsor agencies for 2018 Urban Youth Corps program

Posted on: December 19, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 19, 2017 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking private, nonprofit, and public organizations/agencies to submit applications to participate in the 2018 Urban Youth Corps program.

The program’s objectives are to provide transportation-related work projects and training opportunities to youth between the ages of 16 and 25 and to accomplish meaningful and productive improvements to transportation facilities. Priority will be given to projects that focus on youth who face barriers to employment.

Examples of eligible transportation-related work projects include:

  • Pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Safe routes for nondriver projects and systems.
  • Conversion and use of abandoned railway corridors for pedestrian and bicycle trails.
  • Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
  • Inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising.
  • Historic preservation of transportation facilities.
  • Vegetation management practices in transportation rights of way to improve safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control.
  • Environmental mitigation activities.
  • Projects eligible under Safe Routes to Schools, Transportation Alternatives, and Federal Recreational Trails.

This is a cost-reimbursement program that requires participating agencies to pay expenses prior to seeking reimbursement from the Iowa DOT. In addition, each participating agency is required to provide 20 percent of the total project cost as a local match. Projects will be funded for all or part of a five-month period beginning May 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2018.

It is anticipated that $80,000 will be available for this year’s program; however, the allocation has not yet been finalized by the Iowa Transportation Commission.  In anticipation that this award does become final in January 2018 and in order to allow successful applicants to begin projects on time during the project period, applications will be due Feb. 2, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the results by Feb. 28, 2018.

For application forms or general information, please contact Stacy Lentsch, Iowa DOT, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010, 515-239-1686, email or visit the Iowa DOT’s website


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