California Department of Transportation

Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant Program

Announcing Senate Bill 1 Discussion Draft Grant Application Guides for Public Review

Caltrans is on a fast track to launch the new grant funding from Senate Bill 1, The Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017 (see schedule below).  Based upon input from two public workshops on June 26th & 27th and consultation with the California State Transportation Agency and other State Departments, Caltrans is pleased to release the discussion drafts for public review and comment. Provided below are the two discussion draft documents and comment forms for each Grant Application Guide for the new SB 1 planning grant funds:

  • Transportation Planning Grants ($25 million annually) to encourage local and regional planning that further 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.
  • Climate Change Adaptation Planning Grants ($20 million over three years) to local and regional agencies for climate change adaptation planning.

It is envisioned that these planning grants will provide much needed funding to support regional sustainable communities strategies and ultimately achieve the State's greenhouse gas reductions targets of 40 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 2050, respectively.

Grant applicants are encouraged to begin considering possible applications based on the discussion drafts below.

Sustainable Communities Grants

Discussion Draft - Comments due by July 25

Comment Form

Adaptation Planning Grants

Discussion Draft - Comments due by July 25

Comment Form


Anticipated Schedule for Fiscal Year 2017-18 SB 1 Planning Grants

  • June 2017 – Hold two workshops for input on the grant guide
  • July 2017 – Post the Discussion Draft Grant Guides online for 2-week comment period. Incorporate comments.
  • Early August – Send Final Draft Grant Guides to the Legislature (financial and policy committees) and post for 30-day comment period.
  • Early September 2017 – Hold two public workshops to receive input on the Final Draft Grant Guides and incorporate comments.
  • Early September 2017 – Release final Grant Guides and call for applications
  • October 20, 2017 – Grant applications due
  • November 2017 – Application evaluation period
  • December 2017 – Management approval and release grant announcements
  • February 1, 2018 – Non-MPO/RTPA final due date for contract packages
  • May 1, 2018 – MPO/RTPA final due date for programming funds in Overall Work Programs (OWPs) and OWP Agreements.   

FY 2017-18 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Materials

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Awards

Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Communities Grant Awards

Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Communities Grant Non-awards

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. 

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

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
Fiscal and Grant Management Branch
Office of Regional Planning
(916) 651-8196
priscilla.martinez-velez@dot.ca.gov

Rosie Flores
Fiscal and Grant Management Branch
Office of Regional Planning
(916) 653-3957
rosie.flores@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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