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

California Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) 

Release: October 2, 2017

The AHSC provides funding for projects that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and benefit disadvantaged communities by increasing accessibility of affordable housing, employment centers and key destinations via low carbon transportation. Projects will support public policy objectives through coordination including:

Reducing Air Pollution

  • Improving conditions in disadvantaged communities
  • Supporting or improving public health
  • Improving connectivity and accessibility to jobs, housing and services
  • Increasing options for mobility, including active transportation
  • Protecting agricultural lands to support infill development

This is a state program administered by the Strategic Growth Council and funded through cap-and-trade auction proceeds. Eligible applicants include Local Governments; Local Transportation Agencies; Public Housing Authority; Transit Agency; Joint Powers Authority; School District; Facilities District; University or Community College District; Developer (Public, Private, or Nonprofit); Program Operator (Public, Private, or Nonprofit) or Federally recognized Indian Tribe. Full Application Deadline is to be announced (possibly November/December 2017)

Additional Resources

 AHSC Fact Sheet for Local Governments 

AHSC Fact Sheet for Affordable Housing Developers

AHSC Fact Sheet for Elected Officials

Guidelines http://sgc.ca.gov/Grant-Programs/AHSCResources/AHSC16-17Final%20Guidelines.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

Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants (formerly FASTLANE)  The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The INFRA program will make approximately $1.5 billion available to projects that are in line with the Administration’s principles to help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. In addition to providing direct federal funding, the INFRA program aims to increase the total investment by state, local, and private partners.

Applicants may resubmit their previous FASTLANE application, but must explain how the project competitively addresses the improved INFRA Grant criteria. Application deadline is November 2, 2017. For more information please see https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/infragrants

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is now soliciting applications for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 appropriated $500 million, available through September 30, 2020, for National Infrastructure Investments otherwise known as TIGER grants. As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 TIGER grants program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. The FY 2017 Appropriations Act specifies that TIGER Discretionary Grants may not be less than $5 million and not greater than $25 million, except that for projects located in rural areas the minimum TIGER Discretionary Grant size is $1 million.

Prospective TIGER applicants are encouraged to look through the full Notice of Funding Opportunity. Application deadline is Monday, October 16, 2017. For more information please see https://www.transportation.gov/tiger.

 

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/