Public Transit & Shared Mobility

*NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS* 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 next application deadline is May 18, 2020 at 5:00pm (EDT).

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).

*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 Community Transportation Needs Assessments will be accepted beginning June 1, 2020. Community Transportation Needs Assessments that meet program requirements will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted ($1 million total funding pool for Community Transportation Needs Assessments). It is anticipated that applications for Mobility Project Vouchers will be accepted in Fall 2020, for a total funding pool of $19 million.

Available Funds

 $20 million is available for the 2020 application window with a maximum funding amount of $50,000 for a Community Transportation Needs Assessment, $1 million for a new local Clean Shared Mobility Project, and $600,000 for expansion of an existing project.

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Low

Competitiveness
To be determined
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

25 out of 47 proposals funded (FY 2018/2019).

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.

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

$96.9 million (fiscal year 2017/2018). It is anticipated that $140 million will be available for fiscal year 2018/2019 (amount will be verified by December 2018). 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. 155 projects were funded in fiscal year 2017/2018.

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

$84 million nationwide, with approximately $6.14 million to the State of California (2018).

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 Grant – 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

65 out of 138 proposals funded (2018/2019).

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 cycle closed March 6, 2020.

Available Funds

Two grant awards of $28.2 million each for Round 3 (FY 2019/2020).

Award Size


Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

2 out of 4 proposals funded in Round 2 (FY 2018/2019).

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 due on an annual basis, typically in January. The next funding cycle (Cycle 4) will open October 18, 2019, with an application deadline of January 16, 2020.

Available Funds

$323 Million (2017-2018). Then about $3 billion over the next 10 years.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

28 out of 47 proposals funded (2018)

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