Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA)

Transportation Economic Assistance progam logoThe Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) program provides 50% state grants to governing bodies, private businesses, and consortiums for road, rail, harbor and airport projects that help attract employers to Wisconsin, or encourage business and industry to remain and expand in the state.

Program purpose

The goal of the TEA program is to attract and retain business firms in Wisconsin and thus create or retain jobs. The businesses cannot be speculative and local communities must assure that the number of jobs anticipated from the proposed project will materialize within three years from the date of the project agreement and remain after another four years.

Program description

Grants of up to $1 million are available for transportation improvements that are essential for an economic development project. It must begin within three years, have the local government's endorsement, and benefit the public. The program is designed to implement an improvement more quickly than normal state programming processes allow. The 50% local match can come from any combination of local, federal, or private funds or in-kind services.

Applications are first come, first serve, and funded when all eligibility information is complete and satisfactory.

Program history

The TEA program began in September 1987. Through December 2017, nearly $108 million has been invested in grants awarded to 211 communities and benefiting over 364 Wisconsin businesses. 

2015-2017 funding:

$6,805,200 -- State segregated funds
$6,805,200 -- Local matching funds

Program documents


Valerie K. Payne
TEA Program Manager
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Division of Transportation Investment Management
Phone: (608) 266-3488