Grant Opportunities

Local/Regional Grants and Incentives

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District offers various grants and incentive programs for Public Agencies, Residents, Businesses, and Technology. Incentives are typically available on a first-come first-serve basis, so interested parties should apply early. A complete list of their current incentive programs is available at the San Joaquin Valley Air District Website http://valleyair.org/grants/

Community Improvement Projects that Reduce Vehicle Use and Emissions Component This component is intended to fund land use and community development projects that reduce vehicle use and emissions through enhanced walkability and increased use of zero and near-zero transportation options. The purpose of this component is to help provide match assistance funding to Valley public agencies to help enhance their applications for local, state, and federal funds for these types of projects. Eligible applicants are public agencies such as cities, counties, special districts (i.e. water districts, irrigation districts, etc.) and public educational institutions (i.e. school districts, community colleges, state universities, etc.) located within the geographic boundaries of the District. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Application and Guidelines for the Community Improvement Projects that Reduce Vehicle Use and Emissions Component are available on the District’s website at http://valleyair.org/grants/publicbenefit.htm

State Grants

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) Grant Program The EEM grant program, is funded each fiscal year from the Highway Users Tax Account.  EEM projects must contribute to mitigation of the environmental effects of transportation facilities.  Eligible EEM projects must fit one of the following categories:

  • Urban Forestry projects designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide.
  • Resource Lands projects for the acquisition or enhancement of resource lands to mitigate the loss of, or the detriment to, resource lands lying within or near the right-of-way acquired for transportation improvements.
  • Mitigation Projects Beyond the Scope of the Lead Agency responsible for assessing the environmental impact of the proposed transportation improvement.

For more information please visit the California Natural Resources Agency website at: http://resources.ca.gov/grants/environmental-enhancement-and-mitigation-eem/

Application deadline is Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Active Transportation Program Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Call for Projects Assembly Bill (AB) 1613 appropriated $10 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) for the Active Transportation Program (ATP).  The ATP GGRF funds were initially made available to projects recommended for funding in the 2017 ATP.  The deadline for 2017 ATP projects to apply for the GGRF funds was May 12, 2017.  The Commission has not received a sufficient number of project applications to fully utilize these funds.  Therefore, the Commission is holding a call for new projects only for the ATP GGRF as described in the attached letter.

The Guidelines for Use of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds in the 2017 Active Transportation Program address the use of these funds and were adopted by the Commission on October 20, 2016. Application deadline is June 30, 2017.

These Guidelines are posted on the Commission website at: http://www.catc.ca.gov/programs/ATP/2017/ATP_102816/2017_ATP_GGRF_guidelines_102816_FINAL.pdf  

The California Air Resources Board administers grant programs funded through various State sources including the Cap and Trade program. A complete list of the various funding programs is available at the California Air Resources Board Website http://www.arb.ca.gov/ba/fininfo.htm

The California Energy Commission also administers grant programs for transportation technology. A list of their grant programs can be found at the California Energy Commission Website http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/transportation.html

Federal Grants and Incentives

Various Federal Agencies offer grants and incentives for transportation technology each year, however, due to the diversity of the programs and number of agencies involved, it can be very challenging to stay informed on what funding is available. Fortunately, all the Federal grants are posted on one site used by all agencies for submitting and receiving grant applications, GRANTS.GOV http://www.grants.gov/