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
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
California Transportation Commission (CTC) 2018 Local Partnership Program (LPP) (SB 1) Taxing authorities that have sought and received voter approval of taxes, tolls or fees, or that have imposed fees, including uniform developer fees, and which taxes and fees are dedicated solely to transportation improvements. Taxing authorities that have imposed fees and have not received voter approval of taxes, tolls or fees are only eligible for the competitive grant program.
The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1 SB1) appropriates $200M annually by the CTC to local or regional transportation agencies that have sought and received voter approval of taxes or have imposed fees, which taxes or fees are dedicated solely for transportation improvements. The program’s objective is to balance the need to direct increased revenue to the state’s highest transportation needs, while fairly distributing the economic impact of increased funding [SB 1 Section 1(I)].
Eligible Projects include improvements to the state highway system, including but not limited to: Major rehab of an existing segment that extends the useful life of the segment by at least 15 years; new construction to increase capacity of a highway segment that improves mobility or reduces congestion on that segment; and 10 safety or operational improvements on a highway segment that are intended to reduce accidents and fatalities or improve traffic flow on that segment. Improvements to transit facilities; acquisition, retrofit, or rehab of rolling stock, buses or other transit equipment, transit stations, maintenance facilities, passenger shelters, fare collection equipment with a useful life of at least 10 years. Improvements to the local road system including as noted above in the state highway system. Improvements to bicycle or pedestrian safety or mobility with an extended useful life. Improvements to mitigate the environmental impact of new transportation infrastructure on a locality’s or region’s air quality or water quality, or for purpose of the LPP a separate phase to a construction that may include mitigation of the project’s environmental impacts. Road maintenance and rehab and other transportation improvement projects.
Applications are due January 30, 2018. For more information and updates, please see http://www.catc.ca.gov/programs/SB1.html.
Federal Grants and Incentives