Grants Program

The Environmental Justice (EJ) and Community-Based Transportation Planning (CBTP) grant programs were discretionary programs that promoted a balanced, comprehensive, and multi-modal Transportation system. The EJ grant program also promoted the involvement of low-income and minority communities, and Native American tribal governments in the planning for Transportation projects, while the CBTP grant program promoted Transportation and land use planning projects that encourage community involvement and partnership. Caltrans provided these planning grant funds to metropolitan planning organizations and regional Transportation planning agencies, cities and counties, transit agencies, and Native American tribal governments. From 2000 to 2013, the EJ and CBTP grant programs provided over 440 planning grants statewide, totaling nearly $67.7 million. Ninety percent (90%) of the projects costs are funded by the Caltrans grant program and the remaining ten percent (10%) is contributed by the grantee as a local match.

Caltrans District 11 has managed 54 planning grants totaling almost $9.5 million (averaging approx. $175,000 per grant), awarded directly to the following jurisdictions and agencies:

  • City of Brawley
  • City of Chula Vista
  • City of El Centro
  • City of Encinitas
  • City of Holtville
  • Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC) / Imperial Valley Association of Governments (IVAG)
  • City of Imperial Beach
  • City of La Mesa
  • Metropolitan transit System (MTS)
  • City of National City
  • North County transit District (NCTD)
  • Reservation Transportation Authority (RTA)
  • City of San Marcos
  • City of San Diego
  • County of San Diego
  • San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
  • City of Santee
  • City of Vista

EJ and CBTP final products were expected to help leverage funds from other program sources that may forward future project activities. Completed EJ and CBTP products often contributed to positive local planning practice by influencing and integrating final products into the local and regional plans.