PROTECT Program

Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) Program

Background:

In November 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), was passed into law.  The IIJA included $8.7 billion to create the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) program. The purpose of the PROTECT program is to help local agencies improve the resiliency of their on-system transportation infrastructure.  Specifically, the program provides federal funding to projects to help communities address vulnerabilities due to weather, natural disasters, and climate change.  The program also provides funds to plan transportation improvements and emergency response strategies to address those vulnerabilities.  Vulnerabilities the program addresses include, but are not limited to, current and future weather events, increasing frequency and magnitude of natural disasters, and changing climate conditions, including sea level rise.  PROTECT grants include resilience improvement grants, community resilience and evacuation route grants, and at-risk coastal infrastructure grants.

The PROTECT program funds are distributed through two programs: the PROTECT Discretionary Grants Program ($1.4B) and the PROTECT Formula Program ($7.3B). 

PROTECT Discretionary Grants Program

The Protect Discretionary Grants Program is administered by FHWA through grants.gov. The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) was posted on April 21st, 2023. Applications are due August 18th, 2023. Caltrans Letter of Support or Partnership Letters are available through the Caltrans Office of Strategic Investment Planning (OSIP) – Intake Forms are due June 30, 2023.

Schedule (FY22 and FY23)

  • NOFO (693JJ323NF00013) Released: 04/21/2023
  • Applications Due: 08/18/2023

Resources

Questions for OSIP can be sent to dotp.osip@dot.ca.gov

PROTECT Formula Program

The State Senate Bill SB-198 created and gave the California Transportation Commission (CTC) the lead over the Local Transportation Climate Adaption Program (LTCAP), which administers the PROTECT Formula  Program.  Cycle 1 LTCAP Guidelines were adopted at the May 2023 CTC Meeting and are available on the CTC LTCAP Website.

Schedule (Cycle 1)

  • Call for Projects: 05/18/2023
  • Project Nominations Due: 07/31/2023
  • CTC Staff Recommendations Released: 11/03/2023
  • Program of Projects Adopted: 12/07/2023

Resources

For more information concerning the PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program, please contact: PROTECTdiscretionary@dot.gov

For more information concerning LTCAP (PROTECT Formula Program), please contact:

Laurie Waters
Associate Deputy Director
California Transportation Commission
Email: Laurie.Waters@catc.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 654-4245

Rebecca Light
Assistant Deputy Director
California Transportation Commission
Email: Rebecca.Light@catc.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 291-8536

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