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

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

State Grants

CAL FIRE is working with the California High Speed Rail Authority to offer $2.5 million in tree planting grants to communities that are in the vicinity of the first portion of the high-speed rail build. The trees planted will provide for greenhouse gas reduction and numerous environmental, social and economic benefits to the communities awarded funds. Applications are due by April, 30, 2017. The application guidelines and more information can be found 

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

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

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 

Federal Transit Administration

Formula Grants for Rural Areas 5311 Call for Projects FFY 2017 This program provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to states and federally recognized Indian tribes to support public transportation in rural areas with populations less than 50,000, where many residents often rely on public transit to reach their destinations. It also provides funding for state and national training and technical assistance through the Rural Transportation Assistance Program. Eligible Recipients:

  •  States, Indian tribes or Alaskan Native villages, groups or communities identified by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
  • Subrecipients: State or local government authorities, nonprofit organizations, operators of public transportation or intercity bus service that receives funds indirectly through a recipient.
  • Planning, capital, operating, job access and reverse commute projects, and the acquisition of public transportation services.

Applications are due May 24, 2017 and can be accessed through the BlackCat Grant Management Program.