Public Transit & Shared Mobility

Community Economic Resilience Fund Program (CERF) – Office of Planning and Research
Deadline: Winter 2023
Who is Eligible

Planning grants: non-profit organizations, district organizations of an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD), institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education, and Native American Tribes or a consortium of Native American Tribes.

What it Funds

The planning phase will establish regional, inclusive planning tables to develop blueprints and align resources for each region’s economic future.

The implementation phase will fund regional projects that advance globally competitive and sustainable industries with high-quality jobs that have clear pathways for employment for workers that are underserved and/or face industry disruption after COVID-19.

When to Apply

The application window for the Planning Phase closed in July 2022.

The implementation grants solicitation and the Tribal funding opportunity solicitation will be announced in Winter 2023.

Available Funds

Approximately $5M per regional collaborative (approx. 13 collaboratives) in the planning phase. $500M in rolling, competitive grants (Fall 2022 to June 2024) is available for the implementation phase.

Award Size
Level of Effort to Apply
Competitiveness
To be determined
Hybrid & Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) – California Air Resource Board (CARB)
Deadline: Open until funds are exhausted
Who is Eligible

HVIP Approved Dealers, purchasers, and fleets, HVIP-eligible OEM.

What it Funds

Provides discounts at the time of sale to vehicle purchasers.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on March 30, 2022. As of May 4, HVIP is still accepting applications.

As of June 15, 2022, HVIP still remains open for all voucher requests. While funds specifically set aside for drayage trucks have been fully subscribed, requests for drayage and all class 8 tractors will continue to be accepted and funded out of standard HVIP funds.

Available Funds

For FY21-22, $196.6 million is available for standard HVIP voucher requests. Additionally, the following set-aside funds will also become available: $65.5 million for public transit buses; approximately $46 million for class 8 tractors performing drayage operations; $122 million for the Public School Bus Set-Aside for Small and Medium Air Districts

Award Size
Level of Effort to Apply
Competitiveness
To be determined
Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program: Strategic Partnerships – California Department of Transportation
Deadline: February 2023
Who is Eligible

MPOs and RTPAs. Transit agencies, universities and community colleges, Native American Tribal Governments, local governments, counties, CBOs, nonprofits, and other public entities may apply as sub-applicants.

What it Funds

Planning projects that address needs on the State Highway System and multimodal transit planning projects.

When to Apply

Applications are typically accepted on an annual basis, with a call for proposals announced in late summer followed by an application deadline in the fall.

The release of the FY 2023-24 Grant Application Guide and a call for applications is expected to occur between December 2022 and January 2023, with applications due in February 2023.

Available Funds

Approximately $4.5 million with a minimum of $100,000 and a maximum of $500,000 per award.

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Low

Competitiveness

9 out of 14 proposals funded (FY 2020/2021).

Transit and Intercity Rail Program – California Department of Transportation
Deadline: February 10, 2023
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, with a call for applications typically announced in the Fall.

Cycle 6 Guidelines and Call for Projects will be announced on November 15, 2022, with applications due on February 10, 2023.

Available Funds

AB 180 amended the Budget Act of 2021 to appropriate $3.63 billion of General Fund for the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program and $350 million of General Fund for High Priority Grade Crossing Improvement and Separation projects. This funding will be included in TIRCP Cycle 6.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

17 out of 45 proposals funded (2020)

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program – Strategic Growth Council
Deadline: March 2023
Who is Eligible

Local governments, public housing authorities, redevelopment successor agencies, transit agencies or transit operators, RTPAs, local Transportation Commissions, Congestion Management Agencies, JPAs, school districts, facilities districts, university or community college districts, developer or program operators, and federally recognized Native American tribes.

What it Funds

Integrated land use and transportation projects supporting low-carbon transportation options, including affordable housing, active transportation and transit projects and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit disadvantaged communities.

When to Apply

The most recent application period closed in June 2021. The next call for applications is expected in January 2023, with applications for Round 7 due on March 2023.

Available Funds

The NOFA is expected to make available approximately $750 million.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

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

Clean California Local Grant Program – California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Deadline: April 2023
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, transit agencies, and federally recognized tribal governments. Non-profits may be subapplicants and are encouraged to partner with eligible applicants.

What it Funds

Projects that beautify and improve local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways, and transit centers to clean and enhance public spaces.

When to Apply

The application window for Cycle 1 closed on February 1, 2022. A call for projects for Cycle 2 will be announced on January 2023, with applications due on April 2023.

Available Funds

Approximately $296 million was available in Cycle 1, with a maximum award amount of $5 million. The local match component will range from 0% to 50% of the project costs and will be based on the capacity of the community to leverage local capital.

Approximately $100 million is available for Cycle 2.

Award Size
Level of Effort to Apply
Competitiveness

105 out of 329 projects were awarded in 2022.

Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program – Federal Transit Administration
Deadline: Ongoing
Who is Eligible

State or local government authorities.

What it Funds

Transit pilot project that is a new fixed guideway capital project, small start project, or core capacity improvement project that has not entered into a full funding grant agreement with FTA.

When to Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until up to eight grants are awarded, subject to funding availability.

Available Funds

$225 million (2020).

Award Size


Large

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program – California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
Deadline: Ongoing
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 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.

Zero-Emission Transit, School and Shuttle Buses – California Air Resources Board
Deadline: Ongoing
Who is Eligible

Owners of transit buses, school buses, and shuttle buses, Native American Tribes, agencies that are the lessors of applicable transit.

What it Funds

New zero-emission replacement buses for owners of transit, school and shuttle buses.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Funding for transit and shuttle buses is still available. However, funding for zero-emission school buses is no longer available and is currently oversubscribed.

Available Funds

$130 million is available on a first-come, first-served basis in 2019.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined

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