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


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). 

Certain projects included in the State Climate Resilience Improvement Plan for Transportation’s (SCRIPT) unconstrained Project Priority List (PPL) may receive a 10% reduction in the non-federal cost share requirement for future PROTECT Discretionary and Formula cycles. Please visit the Caltrans Division of Transportation Planning’s PROTECT Resilience Improvement Plan website and complete the SCRIPT Project Priority List Request Intake Form to apply to have your project added to the SCRIPT unconstrained PPL. The deadline to apply for the SCRIPT unconstrained PPL is 5/10/24. Questions regarding the SCRIPT unconstrained PPL can be sent to

PROTECT Discretionary Grants Program

The Protect Discretionary Grants Program is administered by FHWA through The Federal share for planning activity carried out using a planning grant is 100%. Resiliency Improvement, Community Resilience and Evacuation Route, and At-Risk Coastal Infrastructure Grants have an 80% Federal share unless the entity is an Indian tribe, in which case the Federal share may be up to 100%. The non-Federal share may be reduced by 3% if the State or MPO has a Resilience Improvement Plan. Additionally, the non-Federal share may be further reduced by 7% if the project is prioritized on the state or MPO’s Resiliency Improvement Plan. The grant application must identify if the project is seeking reduction in the non-Federal share as the determination for eligibility to a reduction in the Federal share will be made during the grant review process.

Schedule (FY22 and FY23)

  • NOFO (693JJ323NF00013) Released: 04/21/2023
  • Applications Due: 08/18/2023
  • Grant Recipients Announced: 4/11/24


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. Cycle 1’s Program of Projects was adopted at the December 2023 CTC meeting. Cycle 2 LTCAP Guidelines are currently being developed by CTC staff.

     2023 LTCAP (Cycle 1)

     2025 LTCAP (Cycle 2)


For more information concerning the PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program, please contact:

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

Laurie Waters
Associate Deputy Director
California Transportation Commission
Phone: (916) 654-4245

Rebecca Light
Assistant Deputy Director
California Transportation Commission
Phone: (916) 291-8536

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