California Department of Transportation

Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant Program

FY 2018-19 Caltrans Transportation Planning Grants Update

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 Grant Application Guides and call-for-applications were released on January 5 and applications were due February 23, 2018.  Caltrans is currently reviewing the 180 grant applications received that are requesting approximately $51 million for: Sustainable Communities Competitive, Strategic Partnerships (including transit), and Adaptation Planning.  Grant announcements are anticipated in mid-May 2018 (see schedule below). 

The Grant Application Guides were developed last summer with input from four public workshops and stakeholder comments.  A total of $40.8 million is available for transportation planning projects statewide.  These grants include traditional State and federal funding, as well as grant funding from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017.  The information provided below will remain posted until the FY 2019-20 Grant Application Guides and call-for-applications are released in August 2018 (see schedule below).  Please contact the appropriate Caltrans district staff (see “District Contacts” below) if there are questions about developing competitive grant applications. 

The available transportation planning grant funds include:

  • Sustainable Communities Grants ($29.5 million) to encourage local and regional planning that furthers state goals, including, but not limited to, the goals and best practices cited in the Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines adopted by the California Transportation Commission.
  • Strategic Partnerships Grants ($4.3 million) to identify and address statewide, interregional, or regional transportation deficiencies on the State highway system in partnership with Caltrans.  New for FY 2018-19 is a transit component that will fund planning projects that address multimodal transportation deficiencies with a focus on transit.
  • Adaptation Planning Grants ($7 million) to support planning actions at local and regional levels that advance climate change efforts on the transportation system.

Grant applicants are encouraged to contact Caltrans district staff (below) to ask questions and receive technical assistance with application development. 

Grant Workshop Information

Grants Presentation

Grants Brochure

Sustainable Communities & Strategic Partnerships

Grant Application Guide*

*Please note, a revision was made to Page 3 of the guide. The Strategic Partnerships - Transit minimum/maximum grant amounts should be $100,000/$500,000.

Required Sustainable Communities Grant Application Form

Required Strategic Partnerships Grant Application Form

District Contacts


Adaptation Planning

Grant Application Guide

Required Grant Application Form

District Contacts



Download the latest version of Adobe Reader DC ® to complete the application.  This version of Adobe is available free of charge.

Required Scope of Work Template

Required Project Timeline Template

Third Party In-Kind Valuation Plan Template, if applicable


Anticipated Schedule for Fiscal Year 2018-19 Transportation Planning Grants (i.e., Sustainable Communities, Strategic Partnerships, and Adaptation Planning)

  • January 5, 2018 – Release Grant Guides and call for applications
  • February 23, 2018 – Grant application deadline
  • March - April 2018 – Application evaluation period
  • May 2018 – Management approval and release grant announcements
  • July 2018 – Earliest project start date for MPOs/RTPAs
  • October 2018 – Earliest project start date for non-MPOs/RTPAs
  • February 28, 2021 – ALL grant tasks must be completed
  • April 30, 2021 – ALL final invoices must be submitted

Anticipated Schedule for FY 2019-20 Transportation Planning Grants (i.e., Sustainable Communities, Strategic Partnerships, and Adaptation Planning)

  • Early June 2018 – Hold 2 workshops and incorporate comments into the grant guide.
  • Late June 2018 – Post draft discussion grant guide online for comment for 2 weeks. Incorporate comments.
  • July 2018 – Send Final Draft of the Grant Guides to the financial and policy committees in the legislature. Post the Final Draft Grant Guide online for comment for 30-day public comment period.
  • August 2018 – Hold 2 workshops and incorporate comments in to the guide. Release final Grant Guides and call for applications
  • October 19, 2018 – Anticipated grant applications deadline
  • November 2018 – February 2019 – Evaluate and score the applications
  • Spring 2019 – Management approval and grant announcements released
  • July 2019 – Earliest project start date for MPOs/RTPAs
  • October 2019 – Earliest project start date for non-MPOs/RTPAs
  • February 28, 2022 – ALL grant tasks must be completed
  • April 30, 2022 –  ALL final invoices must be submitted

Fiscal Year 2017- 18 Senate Bill 1 Planning Grants 

On December 15, 2017, Caltrans announced the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 Senate Bill (SB) 1 Sustainable Communities and Adaptation Planning Grant awards. Caltrans received a statewide total of 157 Sustainable Communities Competitive and Adaptation Planning grant applications, requesting $44.6 million in grants (summaries below).  Of these applications, 64 transportation planning projects were selected for grant awards, totaling $19.38 million.  Award and Non-Award lists for each grant are provided below.  In addition, a list of Metropolitan Planning Organizations’ planning activities are provided for the $12.5 million in SB 1 Sustainable Communities Formula grants.  Grant applicants are encouraged to contact Caltrans district staff (below) to request feedback for unsuccessful applications and receive technical assistance with application development.  

Sustainable Communities Competitive Grants Award List

Sustainable Communities Competitive Grants Non-Award List

Sustainable Communities Formula Grants Award List

Sustainable Communities Grant Applications Received and Awarded Summary

Adaptation Planning Grants Award List

Adaptation Planning Grants Non-Award List

Adaptation Planning Grant Applications Received and Awarded Summary


Fiscal Year 2017-18 SB 1 Planning Grants Timeline

 

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

Priscilla Martinez-Velez
Senior Transportation Planner
Grant Management
Office of Regional Planning
(916) 651-8196
priscilla.martinez-velez@dot.ca.gov

 

Address:
1120 N Street, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 95814

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

 

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