Active Transportation

*NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS* Active Transportation Program – California Department of Transportation
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, tribes, MPOs, transit agencies, school districts, and nonprofits (recreational trails only).

What it Funds

Capital improvement projects including sidewalks, bike lanes, trails, safe routes to school programs, and pedestrian and bicycle plans. Education, encouragement, and enforcement non-infrastructure projects.

When to Apply

Call for proposals typically announced every other year. Applications are currently being accepted, with Infrastructure, Non-Infrastructure, and Plan projects due September 15, 2020.

Available Funds

$440 million statewide in the current 2021 Cycle 5. Priority is given to disadvantaged communities.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

61 out of 554 proposals funded in the competitive statewide component, including small urban and rural projects. 59 projects were funded as part of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) component. (2019)

*NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS* Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP) Implementation Grants – California Air Resources Board
Who is Eligible

Lead applicants include community-based organizations, federally recognized Native American tribes, and local governments. There must be at least a lead applicant and one sub applicant, either of which must include at least one local government and one community-based organization.

What it Funds

Active transportation, fixed-route transit, and shared mobility projects that increase transportation equity in disadvantaged communities.

When to Apply

Proposals are currently being accepted, with a deadline of August 31, 2020 by 5 p.m. PST.

Available Funds

$17.75 million is available for up to 3 implementation grants that benefit disadvantaged communities in the current funding round (2019/2020).

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

This is the first funding round for this program. Therefore, information regarding competitiveness is not currently available.

*NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS* Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP) Planning and Capacity Building Grants – California Air Resources Board
Who is Eligible

Lead applicants include community-based organizations, federally recognized Native American tribes, and local governments. There must be at least a lead applicant and one sub applicant, which must include at least a local government and a community-based organization.

What it Funds

Community and stakeholder engagement for new or existing clean transportation planning, operations, or infrastructure projects, land use or transportation-focused plan development, capacity building to implement new or enhance existing clean transportation planning, operations, or infrastructure projects that increase transportation equity in disadvantaged communities.

When to Apply

Proposals are currently being accepted, with a deadline of August 31, 2020 by 5 p.m. PST.

Available Funds

$1.75 million is available for planning and capacity building grants in the current funding round (2019/2020).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

This is the first funding round for this program. Therefore, information regarding competitiveness is not currently available.

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program – Strategic Growth Council
Who is Eligible

Local governments, transportation and transit agencies, nonprofit and for-profit housing developers, JPAs, K-12 schools, college and university districts, and federally-recognized Native American tribes.

What it Funds

Affordable housing and transportation infrastructure, including active transportation and transit projects and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

When to Apply

It is anticipated that the next funding round (cycle 6) will open in November 2020, with an application deadline of February 20, 2021.

Available Funds

$550 million is available for Round 5 (FY 2019/2020).  The maximum award amount is $30 million (no more than $60 million to a single developer per funding round), with a minimum of $1 million for TOD, ICP and RIPA Project Areas.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

26 out of 55 proposals funded in Round 5 (FY 2019/2020).

California River Parkways Grant Program – California Natural Resources Agency
Who is Eligible

Public agencies and nonprofits.

What it Funds

River parkway projects, including, but not limited to trails for walking and bicycling or other non-motorized recreational activities, picnic areas, biological restoration, restoring natural floodplains and wetlands.

When to Apply

Concept proposals for the most recent funding cycle closed in September 2018.

Available Funds

Approximately $7 million (2018).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

23 out of 52 proposals funded (2015/2016).

Infill Infrastructure Grant Program for Large Jurisdictions – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Cities and/or counties of over 250,000 that have jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Area. Nonprofit or a for-profit developer of a Qualifying Infill Project applying jointly with a city and/or county that has jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Project.

What it Funds

Construction of new infill development and rehabilitation of infrastructure that supports higher-density affordable and mixed-income housing including but not limited to active transportation, parks and open space, stormwater, street repair, transit, and water-related improvements.

When to Apply

The most recent application cycle closed in March 2020. The next round of funding is expected to be announced in November 2020.

Available Funds

$194 million available for Round 6 (2020). For Qualifying Infill Projects, the minimum grant award is $1 million ($500,000 for rural areas) with a maximum of $7.5 million. For Qualifying Infill Areas with over 200 units, the minimum grant award is $2 million ($1 million for rural areas). Only one application for each Capital Improvement Project will be funded per funding round.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

40 proposals funded in Round 6 (FY 2019/2020)

Infill Infrastructure Grant Program for Small Jurisdictions – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Cities and/or counties of under 250,000 that have jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Area. Nonprofit or a for-profit developer of a Qualifying Infill Project applying jointly with a city and/or county that has jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Project.

What it Funds

Construction of new infill development and rehabilitation of infrastructure that supports higher-density affordable and mixed-income housing including but not limited to active transportation, parks and open space, stormwater, street repair, transit, and water-related improvements.

When to Apply

Applications were accepted on an over-the-counter basis as of March 2020, however, all funds have been exhausted.

Available Funds

$85 million available for Round 6 (2020). For Qualifying Infill Projects, the minimum grant award is $1 million ($500,000 for rural areas) with a maximum of $7.5 million. For Qualifying Infill Areas with over 200 units, the minimum grant award is $2 million ($1 million for rural areas). Only one application for each Capital Improvement Project will be funded per funding round.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

21 proposals funded in Round 6 (FY 2019/2020)

Regional Parks Program (Proposition 68) – California Department of Parks and Recreation
Who is Eligible

Counties, regional park districts, special districts, joint powers authorities, and nonprofits.

What it Funds

Acquisition for new or enhanced public access and use. Development to create or renovate multiuse trails, regional sports complexes, visitor and other support facilities.

When to Apply

To be announced following adoption program guidelines. It is anticipated that the application period will open no sooner than 2021.

Available Funds

Upon appropriation by the California State Legislature, it is anticipated that $23,125,000 will be available for competitive grants. The minimum grant award is $200,000, with a maximum award of $3 million.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
Rural Recreation and Tourism Program (Proposition 68) – California Department of Parks and Recreation
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, and special districts in nonurbanized areas.

What it Funds

Acquisition and development of new recreational opportunities and facilities in nonurbanized counties with populations of less than 500,000 people and low population densities per square mile.

When to Apply

An application due date will be announced when the application guide is finalized, which is anticipated in the Summer or Fall of 2020. The application due date will not occur before Summer 2021.

Available Funds

Upon appropriation by the California State Legislature, it is anticipated that $23,125,000 will be available for competitive grants. Grant amounts will range from $200,000 – $3,000,000.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Program – Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Who is Eligible

Nonprofits.

What it Funds

Safe Routes to Parks action plans and implementation activities such as acquiring rights-of-way, maintenance, and street design.

When to Apply

Applications are typically accepted on an annual basis. The most recent application period closed in December 2019.

Available Funds

Projects were awarded $12,500 each (2020).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Low

Competitiveness

8 out of 99 proposals funded (2020). Only 1 project was awarded in the State of California.

Sustainable Communities Statewide Competitive Grant Program – California Department of Transportation
Who is Eligible

MPOs, RTPAs, transit agencies, cities, counties, Native American tribal governments, and public transportation entities. Nonprofits, universities and community colleges may apply as sub-applicants.

What it Funds

Plans for walking, bicycling, and safe routes to school.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on an annual basis. Typically, a call for proposals is announced in late summer, followed by an application deadline in fall. The most recent funding cycle closed in October 2019.

Available Funds

$29.5 Million (2019/2020).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Low

Competitiveness

77 out of 178 proposals funded (FY 2020/21)

Transformative Climate Communities Program Implementation Grant – Strategic Growth Council
Who is Eligible

CBOs, local governments, nonprofits (including coalitions of associations), philanthropic organizations and foundations, faith-based organizations, community development finance institutions, community development corporations, JPAs, and Native American tribal governments. There must be a minimum of one lead applicant, in addition to co-applicants.

What it Funds

Applicants must implement at least three projects associated with the following strategies: equitable housing and neighborhood development, affordable housing land acquisition, transit access and mobility, solar installation and energy efficiency, water efficiency, recycling and waste management, urban greening and green infrastructure, land conservation, health and well-being. The list of eligible activities and fundable elements are defined in Appendix B of the Round 3 Program Guidelines.

When to Apply

The most recent application round (Round 3) closed in March 2020.

Available Funds

$56.4 million total for two grant awards of $28.2 million for Round 3 (FY 2019/2020).

Award Size


Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

3 out of 4 proposals funded in Round 3 (2019/2020).

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