State or Federal?
The objective of the Sustainable Communities Competitive Grants is to encourage local and regional multimodal transportation and land use planning that furthers the region’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS ), contributes to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and other State goals, and addresses the needs of disadvantaged communities. Applicants should demonstrate how the proposed effort would: advance transportation related GHG reductions; identify and address deficiencies in the multimodal transportation system, including the needs of disadvantaged communities; and coordinate transportation, housing, and land use planning. Potential projects include: studies, plans or planning mechanisms that assist transportation agencies in creating sustainable communities and transit oriented SCS development; community to school studies or safe routes to school plans; studies that promote greater access between affordable housing and job centers; active transportation plans; corridor enhancement studies; identification of policies, strategies, and programs to preserve transit facilities and optimize transit infrastructure. Funds may be used for data gathering and analysis, community surveys, meetings, and focus groups; planning consultants; and project administration.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes
Eligibility Notes
Eligible primary applicants include Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Regional Transportation Planning agencies (RTPAs), transit agencies, cities and counties, tribal government. MPOs must apply with at least one sub applicant: MPO/RTPA, transit agency, university, community college, cities, counties, Native American tribal governments.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Oct 20, 2017
Min Award
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
Optional workshops are scheduled for:
September 1, 2017 from noon to 2:00 p.m., Caltrans, Sacramento
September 6, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Caltrans, Los Angeles
Additional information about these workshops are posted at
Match Required?
Match Notes
Applicants must contribute at least 11.47 percent of costs via cash or in-kind donations. Any source of funds may be used for the match. All 11.47 percent of the required match can be provided through in-kind donations, including the time of the project staff.
California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Applications will be evaluated on
Project description (20 points)
Project justification (25 points)
Specific objectives (25 points)
Project management (30 points)
Further Information
Rosie Flores
(916) 653-3957

Priscilla Martinez-Velez
Link to Further Information
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