Public Transit & Shared Mobility

*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, which 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.

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program – California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, special districts, assessment districts, JPAs, and nonprofits.

What it Funds

Local streets, highways, drainage, water, sewer, waste, transit, parks, and other public utilities and facilities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. The ISRF Board considers applications at monthly meetings.

Available Funds

$50,000 – $25 million in loans, with terms for the useful life of the project up to a maximum of 30 years.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

This funding program provides loans to qualified applicants on a non-competitive basis.

*UP-COMING OPPORTUNITY* Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO) – California Air Resources Board
Who is Eligible

Government entities, nonprofits, and California Native American Tribes. Other organizations may partner as sub-applicants.

What it Funds

Zero-emission car-sharing and ride-sharing, bike-sharing, and innovative transit services like demand-responsive transit in California’s historically under-served communities.

When to Apply

Applications for Mobility Project Vouchers will be accepted beginning 9 a.m. PT on October 20, 2020, for a total funding pool of $19 million. Applications for Community Transportation Needs Assessments have been over-subscribed and are no longer being accepted.

Available Funds

$19 million is currently available for the 2020 application window with $1 million for a new local Clean Shared Mobility Project and $600,000 for expansion of an existing project. Although currently unavailable, maximum funding amounts for Community Transportation Needs Assessments are $50,000.

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Low

Competitiveness

Eligible projects that meet implementation manual requirements are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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).

Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant Program – U.S. Department of Transportation
Who is Eligible

State and local government entities, Native American tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, and MPOs.

What it Funds

Roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, or intermodal transportation projects.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on an annual basis. The most recent application deadline closed in May 2020.

Available Funds

Maximum of $90 million awarded each year to the State of California. Grant award amounts between $5 million and $25 million.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

91 out of 851 proposals funded nationally (2017).

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)

Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) – California Department of Transportation
Who is Eligible

Public transit agencies including cities, counties, MPOs, and regional transportation planning authorities that operate transit service, that are designated Transportation Development Act (TDA) recipients, and that have been included in the State Controllers Office list of approved agencies.

What it Funds

Transit agency operating and capital expenditures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility, with a priority of serving disadvantaged communities.

When to Apply

Annual allocation request forms are submitted by a lead agency, typically due in March.

Available Funds

$146 million available (FY 2019/2020). Eligible agencies receive 50% of funding as a proportion of population size and 50% based on fare revenue.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

Funding is provided on a non-competitive basis through formula grants. 181 projects were funded in fiscal year 2018/2019.

Low or No Emission Vehicle Program – Federal Transit Administration
Who is Eligible

States, local government entities, Native American tribes, and designated recipients.

What it Funds

Purchase or lease of low or no emission buses and related equipment, facilities, workforce development and training.

When to Apply

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

Available Funds

$129.9 million nationwide, with $6.25 million to the State of California (2020).

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

51 out of 128 proposals funded nationwide. 5 out of the 51 selected proposals were from the State of California (2017).

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).

Transit and Intercity Rail Program – California Department of Transportation
Who is Eligible

Construction authorities, transportation authorities, and JPAs.

What it Funds

Rail, bus, and ferry transit systems that reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on an annual basis. Typically, a call for proposals is announced in the fall, followed by an application deadline in January. The most recent funding cycle closed in January 2020.

Available Funds

$500 million was awarded in Cycle 4 (2019/2020). Approximately $3 billion will be distributed over the next 10 years.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

17 out of 45 proposals funded (2020).

Transit-Oriented Development Housing Program – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Developers for Rental Housing Development Projects, cities, and transit agencies for Infrastructure Projects.

What it Funds

A Rental Housing Development Project; and/or an Infrastructure Project necessary for the development of specified Housing Developments, or to facilitate connections between these Developments and the Transit Station.

When to Apply

The most recent application period closed in July 2020.

Available Funds

$141 million (2020). Maximum Loan amount is $10 Million. Maximum Grant Amount is $5 Million.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply
Competitiveness

The most recent award list available is from 2014 where 26 applicants were awarded funding.

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