Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

FY 2020-21 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program Update 

On August 16, 2019, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide. Applications were due by October 17, 2019. Immediately following the release, Caltrans conducted grant workshops and webinars across the State to provide an overview of the grant application process. Caltrans received 163 Sustainable Communities Competitive grant applications requesting approximately $49.7 million (nearly 3 times the available budget of $17 million) and 15 Strategic Partnerships grant applications requesting approximately $4.5 million (available budget is $4.5 million). Grant announcements are anticipated in spring 2020 (see updated schedule below). 

The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants include:

  • Sustainable Communities Grants ($29.5 million) to encourage local and regional planning that furthers state goals, including, but not limited to, the goals and best practices cited in the Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines adopted by the California Transportation Commission.
  • Strategic Partnerships Grants ($4.5 million) to identify and address statewide, interregional, or regional transportation deficiencies on the State highway system in partnership with Caltrans. The transit component that will fund planning projects that address multimodal transportation deficiencies with a focus on transit.

FY 2020-21 Grants Schedule

  • August 16, 2019 – Release FY 2020-21 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide and call-for-applications
  • October 17, 2019 – Grant application deadline (extended)
  • April 2020 – Grant announcements
  • Spring 2020 – Anticipated project start date
  • February 28, 2023 – Project end date (no time extensions will be granted)
  • April 28, 2023 – Final invoice date

The FY 2021-22 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide will be updated with stakeholder input in spring 2020.  The call-for-applications should be released in late summer 2020 with a due date in early to mid-fall 2020. 

Spring

  • Conduct 2 public workshops to receive input for Discussion Draft development
  • Release the Discussion Draft for an informal 2-week public comment period
  • Release Final Draft for a formal 30-day public comment period

Summer

  • Conduct 2 public workshops to receive final input for the Final Grant Application Guide

Fall

  • FY 2021-22 grant application deadline