Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

Caltrans Announces the FY 2022-23 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Awards

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to announce the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Awards.  A statewide total of 131 grant applications were received with requests totaling approximately $42.5 million for Sustainable Communities Competitive and Strategic Partnerships Grants.  Of these applications, 67 were selected for grant awards, totaling approximately $22.2 million.  The grant award and non-award lists for each grant are provided below.  Later this spring, 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.  

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.   

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Upcoming FY 2023-24 Grants Schedule

The FY 2023-24 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant schedule is outlined below.  Applicants are encouraged to visit the California Grants Portal and subscribe to receive a notifications about State funding opportunities. Applicants may also email Caltrans Headquarters and request to be added to the Constant Contact email list to receive program updates.

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  • May 4 & 5, 2022 – Two Initial Virtual Workshops to kick-off the Grant Application Guide update with interested stakeholders. Interested parties should email Caltrans Headquarters to request statewide workshop details.  
  • July 2022 – Release Draft FY 2023-24 Grant Application Guide for a 30-day public comment period.
  • August 2022 – Conduct Two Final Virtual Workshops for stakeholders to provide final input
  • September 2022 – Release FY 2023-24 Grant Application Guide/Call-for-applications and conduct virtual workshops
  • October 2022 – Grant application deadline (exact date TBD)
  • Fall 2022 – Winter 2023 – Application evaluation and management approval of grant recommendations
  • Spring 2023 – Grant announcements
  • Fall 2023 – Grant recipients begin project activities
  • Winter-Summer 2026 – Grant projects are completed, and grant funds expire (expiration dates depend on grant recipient and fund-type)

FY 2021-22 Grant Awards

On June 22, 2021, Caltrans announced the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22.  A statewide total of 169 grant applications were received with requests totaling approximately $55 million for Sustainable Communities Competitive and Strategic Partnerships Grants.  Of these applications, 59 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.

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.