Caltrans Reconnecting Communities Program

Background

Caltrans' Reconnecting Communities Program centers on equitable community engagement and relationship building to facilitate a way for affected communities to express how they are burdened by highway facilities, identify their need for reconnection and improved access, and develop transformational strategies and connectivity solutions.

**Please note that the deadline for Caltrans partnership on planning grants and letter of support requests have been extended to Close of Business July 29, 2022.**

**Nominations for Caltrans-led projects are now closed.**

Competitive Grant Programs

Federal Reconnecting Communities Pilot Grant Program

In 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) established a new $1 billion discretionary grant program to reconnect communities divided by transportation infrastructure. This federal Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) grant program supports planning, capital construction, and technical assistance to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure that creates barriers in communities. Partnerships with States, Tribal, regional, local government agencies, and community organizations are critical to addressing the past harms and barriers created by our country's and state's transportation infrastructure.

In anticipation of USDOT's Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the RCP grant program, Caltrans is inviting nominations for project ideas that align with federal and state goals for reconnecting communities. Caltrans will consider these nominations as it determines what applications it will support or submit in close partnership with the impacted community to the Federal Reconnecting Communities Pilot Grant program.

Caltrans is committed to deep partnership with Tribes and community-based organizations, as well as local governments and regional agencies on applications it submits to the RCP grant program. The IIJA statute defines eligible facilities as highways or other transportation facilities that create a barrier to community connectivity. This includes barriers to mobility, access, or economic development, due to high speeds, grade separations, or other design factors.

More detailed information on eligible applicants and facilities for the grant categories can be found on USDOT's website for Reconnecting Communities, which is listed in the Related Links section. 

Submit a Project Idea or Nomination for a Planning or Capital Construction Grant by Close of Business June 30, 2022

If you have an idea that Caltrans should consider to either support or co-lead for application to the RCP grant program, please complete the RCP Project Nomination intake form (word document and Smartsheet Form). We recommend collaborating with local partners to compile information prior to completing the submittal and ask that you fill out the information about your project or planning grant idea as completely as possible, although not all fields are required. Partner agencies and organizations requesting a Letter of Support from Caltrans must also complete the intake form.

Submit your project ideas or nominations here (DOC)

Federal Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program Fact Sheet (PDF)

Caltrans is developing interim guidance that informs the Department’s approach to reconnecting communities that includes a framework for partnerships with affected communities, state, regional and local partners.

Contacts

Alyssa Begley, Office Chief, Office of Active Transportation and Complete Streets

Jimmy Tran, Acting Reconnecting Communities Program Coordinator

General Questions can also be submitted to RCP@dot.ca.gov