California Department of Transportation

Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program

Announcing the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide - Call for Applications

Please note, Caltrans has extended the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants application deadline for all applicants to December 31, 2015 by 5 PM.

Caltrans is pleased to release the FY 2016-17 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide. A total of $9.8 million is available for transportation planning projects statewide. The information provided below will assist with the successful completion of transportation planning grant applications, due December 31, 2015 by 5 PM. Please contact the appropriate District staff (below) if there are questions about developing a competitive grant application.

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The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program was created to support the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) current Mission:  Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability. 
Current significant efforts were also considered during grant program development, such as:

  • California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities Vision and Core Concepts;
  • State Smart Transportation Initiative Assessment and Recommendations;
  • Caltrans Program Review Major Actions;
  • California Transportation Plan 2040 Vision and Goals;
  • Smart Mobility 2010 Principles. 

Grant Program Overarching Objectives were also identified to ensure consideration of these major efforts in transportation planning, including: Sustainability, Preservation, Mobility, Safety, Innovation, Economy, Health, and Equity. 

In addition, grant administration processes have been streamlined and made consistent to benefit our partners. Most notable is the earlier release date of the Grant Application Guide, the earlier application deadline, and an earlier grant award announcement date. With this advanced process, grant recipients can anticipate starting project activities earlier in the State Fiscal Year, pending State Budget approval.

The intent of the Grant Program remains unchanged. Although dedicated grants no longer exist for Environmental Justice, Community-Based Transportation Planning, and Transit Planning, these important areas are still eligible for funding under the new Grant Program. Caltrans still provides transportation planning grants to promote a balanced, comprehensive multimodal transportation system. However, Caltrans revised the Grant Program to reflect current goals that direct us to emphasize more transportation planning efforts that promote sustainability.

These grants may be used for a wide range of transportation planning purposes, which address local and regional transportation needs and issues. The implementation of these grants should ultimately lead to the adoption, initiation, and programming of transportation improvements. The Caltrans Division of Transportation Planning provides the following transportation planning grants:

  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Sustainable Communities

image of word new Schedule for FY 2016-17 Grant Awards

  • August 17, 2015 – Release Call for Applications
  • December 31 at 5 PM – Application Deadline
  • January – District Grant Application Review/Ranking
  • February/March – HQ Grant Committee Review/Funding Recommendations
  • April/May – Management Approval of Committee Recommendations
  • May – Send Preliminary Notifications to All Applicants
  • June – Send Conditional Award Letters with State Budget Contingency
  • September/October 2016– Grantees May Begin Work, Pending State Budget Approval

Grant Program Information

More information about each grant's purpose and goal, eligibility, and grant funding cap can be found in the Office of Regional Planning's grants website.

Archived Grants Information

Contact Us

Andrew Knapp 
Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Lead
Associate Transportation Planner
Office of Regional & Interagency Planning
(916) 651-8202


1120 N Street, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 95814

PO Box 942874, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001


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