STEP’s overarching purpose is to increase transportation equity in disadvantaged and low-income communities throughout California via two types of grants: Planning and Capacity Building Grants and Implementation Grants. If you are unsure whether you are ready to apply for an Implementation Grant or should apply for a Planning and Capacity Building Grant, see: https://ww3.arb.ca.gov/msprog/step/step_flowchart.pdf
STEP aims to address community residents’ transportation needs, increase residents’ access to key destinations (e.g., schools, grocery stores, workplaces, daycare facilities, community centers, medical facilities), and reduce GHG emissions. Based on environmental justice principles, STEP funds projects that are priorities for historically under-served and over-burdened residents by requiring that projects center the knowledge and expertise of residents through all phases of project design, implementation, and evaluation. STEP has the flexibility to fund many different types of projects to ensure that STEP funds can help meet the needs of each community within that community’s context.
Through the Implementation Grant Solicitation, STEP currently has up to $20 million available from Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 Low Carbon Transportation Investments to fund clean transportation and supporting projects in disadvantaged communities. Funded projects will work together to increase community residents’ ability to access key destinations without a personal vehicle.