Funding Opportunities

Welcome to the Transportation Authority's funding opportunities webpage.  Here you will find information on funding opportunities offered by the Transportation Authority and other agencies. The Transportation Authority gathers information on external funding opportunities to disseminate to interested agencies.

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The following are funding opportunities managed by the Transportation Authority.

PROPOSITION K (HALF-CENT LOCAL SALES TAX FOR TRANSPORTATION)

In November 2003, over 75% of San Francisco voters approved Prop K, extending the existing half-cent local sales tax for transportation (Prop B, approved in 1989) and approving a new 30-year Expenditure Plan identifying projects and programs to be funded by the sales tax. The Transportation Authority does the strategic planning of Prop K funds, allocates funds to eligible projects, and monitors and expedites the delivery of Prop K projects.

  • Our Prop K pages provide links to all of the crucial documents associated with the planning and programming of the Prop K funds.
  • Our Sponsor Resources page provides the materials needed to apply for Prop K funds.

PROPOSITION AA (VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE)

Proposition AA (Prop AA) is a $10 countywide vehicle registration fee that was passed by San Francisco voters in 2010. Prop AA generates about $5 million in revenues each year, which are used to fund smaller, high-impact street repair and reconstruction, pedestrian safety, and transit reliability and mobility improvement projects throughout the city. It is a key part of an overall strategy to develop a balanced, well thought-out program to improve transportation for San Francisco residents.

  • Our Prop AA pages provide links to all of the crucial documents associated with the planning and programming of Prop AA funds.
  • Our Sponsor Resources page provides materials needed to apply for Prop AA funds.

TRANSPORTATION FUND FOR CLEAN AIR

The Transportation Authority is the designated Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) Program Manager for San Francisco. In that capacity, it programs approximately $800,000 every year to bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation projects that help improve air quality by reducing motor vehicle emissions. In 2009, the Transportation Authority expanded its role under a more thoroughly delegated program that places much of the project selection and oversight duties with the congestion management agencies rather than the Air District. The Transportation Authority also provides assistance to project sponsors in applying for regional TFCA funds, programmed directly by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

  • TFCA main page: lists Transportation Authority projects funded and completed, with sponsors and funds allocated.
  • Regional TFCA: provides details on the Air District's Regional TFCA Fund Program.

LIFELINE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

The Transportation Authority released a call for projects for up to $4.92 million in Cycle 4 Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) funds. By the December deadline, we received four applications from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) totaling $6.6 million. Consistent with MTC’s guidelines and the prioritization criteria, the evaluation panel reached consensus on the project rankings, and upon consultation with SFMTA, we recommended fully funding Potrero Hill Pedestrian Safety and Transit Stop Improvements ($375,854) and Expanding Late Night Transit Services (up to $4.76 million). We also recommended concurring with transit operators' proposed Prop 1B priorities, including SFMTA’s Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit ($6.19 million) and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s (BART’s) Wayfinding Signage and Pit Stop Initiative ($4.6 million). This recommendation was supported/approved by the Transportation Authority's Citizens Advisory Committee on January 28, Plans and Programs Committee on February 10 (link to memo), and Board on February 24 (link to resolution); and by the MTC Commission on April 22, 2015 (link to resolution). For more information on LTP and the Cycle 4 selection process, please visit our LTP page.

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ONE BAY AREA GRANT (OBAG) PROGRAM

OBAG Cycle 1: In May 2012, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted the OBAG (Cycle 1) as its framework for programming federal transportation funds that flow to the region, with the purpose of better integrating the region's federal transportation program with California's climate law (SB 375, Steinberg, 2008) and the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). Please visit the OBAG Home page for more background on MTC's OBAG Program.

San Francisco received $38.8 million in OBAG funds for the current programming cycle, and in its role as the Congestion Management Agency, in September 2012, the Transportation Authority Board approved San Francisco's OBAG funding framework that set aside $3.5 million for the Transportation Authority’s CMA planning activities and dedicated the remaining $35 million for OBAG projects. In June 2013, the Transportation Authority Board adopted the final OBAG program of projects.  Please visit the OBAG 1 page for the selection process, as well as the list of projects and their status.

OBAG Cycle 2: In November 2015, MTC adopted OBAG 2 funding and policy framework for five years of funding from FY 2017/18 to FY 2021/22, including the OBAG County Program formula.  In July 2016, MTC Commission approved the OBAG 2 program funding amount, including $385.512 million for the County Program, and detailed guidance for the County Program.  As a Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for San Francisco, the Transportation Authority is responsible for administering San Francisco’s County Program share of $48.183 million, which includes a guaranteed minimum of $1.797 million for Safe Routes to School (based on K-12 total school enrollment).  MTC’s County Programming Policies (Resolution 4202) provide guidance on eligible project types, funding limitations, project selection process, and other requirements, such as the Priority Development Area (PDA) target (link to PDA map).  Currently we are developing the framework for San Francisco call for projects.  Please visit the OBAG 2 page for the latest updates. 

REGIONAL SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

With the adoption of the OneBayArea Grant (OBAG) Program framework in May 2012, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved the continuation of the Regional Safe Routes to School Program (RSR2S) with a total of $20 million in federal funds available over four years (Fiscal Year 2012-13 through 2015-16). The purpose of MTC's program is to significantly reduce vehicle emissions stemming from school-related travel. San Francisco's share is $1,439,000 based on its proportion of K–12 school enrollment in the nine Bay Area counties. San Francisco's RSR2S funds will be administered by the Transportation Authority in our capacity as Congestion Management Agency. We worked with the San Francisco Safe Routes to School Coalition (Coalition) throughout the spring of 2013 to develop an approach to enhance the existing SR2S efforts and best achieve the objectives for MTC's RSR2S program. View the work scope of the enhanced program.

OBAG 1 SR2S Update: MTC extended Cycle 1 OBAG by 1 year and, as a result, generated supplemental funds for the Regional SR2S program. In June 2016, the Transportation Authority Board approved programming San Francisco’s modest share ($360,000) of these funds to expand SFDPH’s SR2S Program, particularly the communication, coordination, outreach, and evaluation efforts (link to resolution).

OBAG 2 SR2S Update: This regional program has been incorporated into the overall County Program under OBAG Cycle 2.

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OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The following are funding opportunities that are not managed by the Transportation Authority.

 OPEN FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES APPLICATION DEADLINE
Carl Moyer Program First-come, first-served basis
Vehicle Buy Back Program None, until funds are exhausted
Zero Emission Research Opportunity (ZERO) Feburary 21, 2017
Section 5310 Formula Grants March 1, 2017
NOAA 2017 Coastal Resilience Grants March 15, 2017
2017 Federal Lands Access Program April 7, 2017

Carl Moyer Program:

The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program (Carl Moyer Program) is a voluntary program that offers grants to owners of heavy-duty vehicles and equipment. The program is a partnership between the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the local air districts throughout the state. Locally the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) administers the Carl Moyer Program. The purpose of the program is to reduce air pollution emissions from heavy-duty engines. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accepted until all program funds have been obligated to eligible projects.

Vehicle Buy Back Program:

To reduce air pollution, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's (Air District) Vehicle Buy Back Program (VBB) will pay $1,000 for an operating and registered 1994 and older vehicle. Vehicle dismantlers contracted by the Air District will scrap the vehicles. The VBB Program is a voluntary program that takes older vehicles off the road. The VBB Program is funded through the Air District's Carl Moyer, Mobile Source Incentive Fund and Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) programs.

The program is available until funds are exhausted. See the website for more information about the program.

Zero Emission Research Opportunity (ZERO)

Zero Emission Research Opportunity (ZERO): FTA announced the opportunity for nonprofit organizations to apply for funding ($2.75 million) to conduct research, demonstrations, testing, and evaluation of zero emission and related technology for public transportation applications. The purpose of this program is to work with the public transportation industry to solve challenges, increase efficiency, and reduce the costs and risks of deploying zero emission vehicles in transit service. FTA intends to select, and enter into cooperative agreements with, multiple (up to three) nonprofit consortia. Eligible consortia must be led by a non-profit organization and must include at least one provider of public transportation. Eligibility for future ZERO funding opportunities in fiscal years 2017-2020 will be limited to those nonprofit consortia selected under this fiscal year 2017 notice. Potential research partners such as transit agencies, other nonprofits, vendors, suppliers and systems integrators may work with multiple consortia. Eligible activities and projects include research, innovation and development, demonstration, deployment, and evaluation (at least 20% local match required). The deadline for applications is February 21, 2017. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/zero-emission-research-opportunity-zero

Section 5310 Formula Grants:

Caltrans has announced the call for projects schedule for the FY15–FY17 Section 5310 Formula Grants for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities. The program goal is to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available. Approximately $28 million in Federal funds are available for large UZAs, and $20 million for Small Urban and Rural. Applicants in the Bay Area’s Small UZAs/Rural Areas will compete in the statewide competitive process, overseen by Caltrans. Applicants in the Bay Area’s Large UZAs will compete within the UZA where the project is located.

Eligible applicants include private non-profit corporations, public agencies where no private non-profits are readily available to provide the proposed service, public agencies that have been approved by the State to coordinate services, public agencies, and an operator of public transportation that receives a Section 5310 grant indirectly through a recipient. Eligible project types include vehicle and related equipment, operating, and mobility management. All projects selected for funding must be included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan and the plan must be developed through a process that includes representatives of public, private, and non-profit transportation and human service providers and members of the public.

Applications are due on March 1, 2017. For more information, please visit http://dot.ca.gov/hq/MassTrans/5310.html.

NOAA 2017 Coastal Resilience Grants

This grants program is a federal funding opportunity jointly issued by the National Ocean Service (NOS) Office for Coastal Management and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Habitat Conservation. Approximately $15 million is anticipated to award two categories of activities: (1) strengthening coastal communities and (2) habitat restoration. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, private entities, and local, state, and tribal governments. Projects must be located in one or more of the 35 U.S. coastal states or territories. Typical award amounts will range from $250,000 to $1 million for projects lasting up to three years. The minimum allowable request is $100,000, and the maximum is $2 million. The match requirement (non-federal) is 33.33%.

The deadline for submitting application is March 15, 2017. For more information, please visit https://www.coast.noaa.gov/resilience-grant/.

2017 Federal Lands Access Program

The California Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) Programming Decisions Committee (PDC) funds a variety of projects to improve transportation facilities that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within federal lands in California. Eligible applicants include State, county, tribal, or city government agencies that own or maintain the transportation facility. Eligible phases include design or construction. The minimum local match requirement is 11.47%. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria: access, mobility and connectivity; economic development; facility condition; safety; funding, coordination and cost; and resource protection. Preference will be given to those projects which provide access to federal high-use recreational sites or federal economic generators.

The deadline for applications is April 7, 2017. Two webinars will be held in February 9 and February 16 for all prospective applicants. For more information, please refer to the attached factsheet, and visit https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/flap/ca/.

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OTHER LINKS

For an overview of transportation funding sources and apportionments, please view Caltrans' 2014 Guide to Transportation Funding in California.

For an overview of transportation funding for the San Francisco Bay Area, please view MTC's guide Moving Costs.

For more information or assistance with Prop K or other federal, state, or regional funding opportunities, please contact Anna LaForte, Deputy Director for Policy & Programming with the Authority, at 415.522.4805 or via email.