Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

Caltrans Announces the FY 2020-21 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Awards

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to announce the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program awards. 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.

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.

FY 2020-21 Award List (PDF)

FY 2020-21 Non-Award List (PDF)

The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants 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.

FY 2020-21 Grants Schedule

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.


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


  • FY 2021-22 grant application deadline