Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

Caltrans Releases the FY 2021-22 Draft Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to release the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 Draft Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide for a 30-day public comment period from October 5 to November 4, 2020. In general, this document describes policies, grant program objectives, grant administrative requirements, and procedures for submitting a grant competitive application. It represents a culmination of meaningful consultation with the California State Transportation Agency, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the California Air Resources Board, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the California Department of Public Health. In addition, two virtual public workshops were conducted in spring 2020 to inform the development of the draft and receive initial comments from stakeholders. Approximately 65 comments were received from 8 organizations representing various State, regional, and local governments.  

We look forward to receiving specific comments and feedback. Two more virtual workshops will be held in November 2020 to share a summary of the comments received, the updates anticipated, and give stakeholders the final opportunity to provide input into the FY 2021-22 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide before releasing the final document/call-for-applications. Scroll down to the schedule below for the next steps in the process.  


To obtain a copy of the document and comment form, send an email request to 


The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program includes:

  • 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. A sub-category funds transit-focused planning projects that address multimodal transportation deficiencies.

It is envisioned that these planning grants will provide much needed funding to support regional sustainable communities’ strategies and ultimately achieve the State's greenhouse gas reductions targets of 40 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 2050, respectively.

Upcoming FY 2021-22 Grants Schedule

The FY 2021-22 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide will be updated with stakeholder input in spring-fall 2020. The call-for-applications should be released in mid-fall 2020 with a due date in January 2021. The grant schedule is outlined below. 

  • April 2020 – Two virtual workshops to receive input for Draft development
  • October 2020 – Release Draft for a formal 30-day public comment period
  • November 2020 – Two final virtual workshops to receive input for the final document, and release the call for applications (dates coming soon) 
  • January 2021 - Grant application deadline (exact date to be determined)
  • June 2021 – Grant announcements
  • Fall 2021 – Grant recipients begin project activities
  • Winter-Summer 2024 – Grant projects are completed, and grant funds expire (expiration dates depend on grant recipient and fund-type)

FY 2020-21 Grant Awards

On June 18, 2020, Caltrans announced the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21. A statewide total of 178 grant applications were received and requested approximately $54 million for Sustainable Communities Competitive and Strategic Partnerships Grants. Of these applications, 77 were selected for grant awards, totaling approximately $21.5 million. The grant award and non-award lists for each grant are provided below. In addition, Metropolitan Planning Organizations will receive $12.5 million in Sustainable Communities Formula grants to further their Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. Grant applicants are encouraged to contact Caltrans district staff to request feedback for unsuccessful applications and receive technical assistance with application development.