Township Assistance Program 

The application period for the Township Assistance Program ended on October 6th. The applications that have been received will now be reviewed for qualification. Those that meet the required criteria will be rated for their impact on the local transportation network. The new Flexible Transportation Fund Program has now started with a separate application process.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) extended the application deadline to October 6, 2023.

The due date was extended to allow townships the necessary time to plan and submit project applications that meet the program criteria.

Up to $10 million is available through the Township Assistance Program ( Projects that improve local corridors and project applications used to match federal funds will be given priority by the selection committee.

Townships must apply through their respective county using the Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool (GRIT) through the NDSU-Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI).

In applications that have already been submitted and applications yet to be submitted, please use the SCOPE OF WORK field to explain how the project meets the local corridor definition. Explain what higher level roads your project connects. If work is not needed on the entire local corridor, and there is a “restriction” along the local corridor, such as a bridge, culvert, grade raise area, etc., you do not need to draw or identify the entire corridor on the map, but do need to define the local corridor that this road is on in the scope of work. Explain what benefit the project will have to the local corridor. For example, “by raising this section of road, the route between State Highway # and CMC # will be safer to travel and available twelve months a year instead of washing out every spring.”

If your township has already submitted an application, you are able to work with your county to modify the application. You do not need to submit a new application.

Over the next four weeks, you may receive an e-mail or call from staff at UGPTI if your project does not meet project criteria. You will have a chance to revise your application based on that feedback.

FYI - this program isn’t intended to gravel all the roads in the township. On the NDDOT link above, please note the information at the bottom of the web page:


Fillable PDF application (to be shared with the county for their use in submitting the application through GRIT)

Instructions on applying through GRIT

Video instruction on applying through GRIT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For technical assistance, please call Kenneth Steiner at 701-318-6320 or email