Earmark Programs

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) administers several Earmark Programs (EP) directed to the federal transportation system.  Broadly speaking, FHWA Earmarks are federal funds established by U.S. legislation to be used for a specific purpose.  Typically, every Earmark project has a scope of work and designated amount of federal funding, which are written directly into the law.  Earmarks, however, may also be in some other document referenced by the legislation, such as a specified report from the legislature’s Appropriations Subcommittee.  
The below links are the different Earmark Programs with active projects, managed by the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance. 
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

Community Project Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending (CPFCDS)

This Earmarks Program section is for IIJA Earmarks and Federal legislated Earmarks with available funding for transportation projects.  More information on each program may be found by following the below links located below. The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022 is a bill that provides appropriations to federal agencies, which labels a broad range of Community Project Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending (CPFCDS) requirements. 
  • The following actions area underway and must take place before earmark funding is available for projects:
    • Develop an application for use of CP funds
    • FHWA Allocation Letter for earmark [est. May 2022]
      (Allocation letter gives Obligational Authority per project per year of transportation act, and distribution amounts per project per year of transportation act)
    • FHWA Guidance for Earmarks [est. June 2022]
      (Need further guidance from FHWA CA-DIV, which is awaiting further guidance from FHWA HQ)
Local Assistance Division Administered Earmarks – Funded as indicated below.

Note: This section is currently under construction, so does not list all Earmark Programs yet.  For information on specific earmarks, please contact our Earmark Coordinator, whose contact information may be found at the below Earmark Coordinator Contact link.


For more information concerning this program contact:

Jasdeep Sandhu, Earmarks Coordinator
Division of Local Assistance, Caltrans
jasdeep.sandhu@dot.ca.gov
279-599-3487 (office)

Note: This program is not associated with the Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP) & funds.

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