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
California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.
The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.
California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities.
For more information regarding funding opportunities please see http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/
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
Caltrans: Active Transportation Program (ATP) Grant Statewide Cycle 4 Caltrans anticipates the CTC will announce the 2019 (Cycle 4) call-for-projects in or around March 2018. In preparation for this call, CTC will be holding several ATP stakeholder workshops to discuss possible changes to the Guidelines and Application. These workshops will be spread geographically across the state during the last quarter of 2017. Cycle 4 Call for Projects is expected to include about $440M in ATP funding made up of Federal funding and State SB1 and SHA funding. The funding/programming years are expected to include 19/20, 20/21, 21/22 and 22/23 funding years.
The Active Transportation Program was created to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. Funding from the Active Transportation Program may be used to fund the development of community wide bike, pedestrian, safe routes to schools, or active transportation plans in predominantly disadvantaged communities. The goals of the Active Transportation Program are to:
- Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking or Increase the safety and mobility of non-motorized users.
- Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction
- Enhance public health, including reduction of childhood obesity using programs including, but not limited to, projects eligible for Safe Routes to School Program funding.
- Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program.
- Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users.
For more information and future updates, please see http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/atp/.
Caltrans: Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Cycle 9 The purpose of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) program is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned public roads and roads on tribal land. HSIP funds are eligible for work on any public road or publicly owned bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail, or on tribal lands for general use of tribal members, that improves the safety for its users. All proposed projects will be evaluated based on the Benefit/Cost (B/C) ratios. For Cycle 8 call-for- projects, the minimum B/C for a project to be eligible for local HSIP funding was 3.5 and this is not expected to change for Cycle 9. Please note that Caltrans expects the next call for projects (HSIP Cycle 9) to be announced around May 2018.
For more information and future updates, please see http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/HSIP/apply_now.htm
Caltrans is pleased to release the FY 2018-19 Grant Application Guides and call-for-applications for the traditional State and federal funding, as well as grant funding from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017. The Grant Application Guides were developed last summer with input from four public workshops and stakeholder comments. A total of $40.8 million is available for transportation planning projects statewide. The information provided below will assist with the successful completion of grant applications, due February 23, 2018 by 5 PM. Grant announcements are anticipated in May 2018.
The available transportation planning grant funds 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 ($4.3 million) to identify and address statewide, interregional, or regional transportation deficiencies on the State highway system in partnership with Caltrans. New for FY 2018-19 is a transit component that will fund planning projects that address multimodal transportation deficiencies with a focus on transit.
- Adaptation Planning Grants ($7 million) to support planning actions at local and regional levels that advance climate change efforts on the transportation system.
For more information please see http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html