Public Transit & Shared Mobility

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

Proposals are currently being accepted, with applications due February 11, 2019.

Available Funds

$395 million (2018/2019).

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

19 out of 54 proposals funded (2017/2018), 14 of which are located in or benefit CalEnviroScreen 3.0 disadvantaged communities.

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

The most recent application period closed in July 2018.

Available Funds

$150 million/annually for the State of California through 2020. Grant award amounts between $5 million and $25 million, and may be greater amounts for proposed projects in communities that meet DOT rural areas criteria.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

91 out of 851 proposals funded nationally (2017).

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 June 2018.

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).

Specialized Transportation Grant Program – San Diego Association of Governments
Who is Eligible

Local government agencies, private or public operator of public transportation, nonprofits, and tribal governments.

What it Funds

Projects and programs that expand mobility options for seniors and individuals with disabilities such as the purchase of accessible vans and buses, passenger facilities and support equipment, coordinated volunteer driver programs, shopping shuttle services, non-emergency medical trips, and transit travel training classes in San Diego County.

When to Apply

The most recent application period closed in October 2018 for the 2019-2021 cycle.

Available Funds

$7 million total funding. Grants range $30,000-$200,000 per year with a total grant amount equal to or less than $500,000.

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

67 out of 68 proposals funded (FY 2018/2019).

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. Applications for the current funding cycle were due in November 2018.

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).

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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