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)

Proposition K (Prop K) is a voter-approved half-cent local sales tax for transportation and includes a 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 voter-approved $10 countywide vehicle registration fee that generates about $5 million in revenues each year. Prop AA is used to fund smaller, high-impact street repair and reconstruction, pedestrian safety, and transit reliability and mobility improvement projects throughout the city.

  • 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. 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.

The Transportation Authority is accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2018/19 Call for Projects. Applications are due to the Transportation Authority by April 20 at 5 p.m. Please visit the 2018/19 TFCA Call for Projects for the latest updates.

ONE BAY AREA GRANT (OBAG) PROGRAM

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).

OBAG 2 Call For Projects is now closed.  Please visit the OBAG 2 page for the latest updates. 

LIFELINE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

The Transportation Authority announced a call for projects for $2.6 million in Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) funds. $1.8 million from STA and 800K from FTA Section 5307 is available. The LTP supports projects that improve mobility for low-income residents by addressing gaps or barriers identified through collaborative and inclusive community-based planning processes and by improving the range of transportation choices. Examples of eligible projects include: new, enhanced, or restored transit service, including late-night and weekend services; transit stop enhancements; purchase of vehicles or technologies; shuttle service; and various elements of mobility management.

For this call, the Transportation Authority prioritized transit operating projects that support Communities of Concern since LTP is one of the few sources that the Authority can direct to operating projects. In addition, for the scale of funding available for this LTP call for projects, operating projects provided more opportunity for a broader geographic distribution of benefits to Communities of Concern.

Due to fund source restrictions, only transit operators were eligible recipients for Cycle 5 LTP funds. Non-profit organizations and public agencies were only eligible if they partnered with a transit operator that was willing to serve as the direct recipient of the funds and pass them through to the sub recipient. The LTP required a minimum local match of 20% of the total project cost except for auto-related projects, which require a 50% match. The MTC Commission approval of program of projects is currently anticipated in July 2018, with funds available in that fiscal year (2018/19).

Applications were due to the Transportation Authority by March 23 at 5 p.m.

For more information on LTP and the Cycle 5 call for projects, please visit our LTP page.

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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

Conservancy Proposition 1 Grants

June 8, 2018

Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technology Deployment (ATCMTD)

June 18, 2018

Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program

June 18, 2018

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program

June 20, 2018

Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) 

July 19, 2018

Active Transportation Program

July 31, 2018

Local Highway Safety Improvement Progam (HSIP)

August 31, 2018

Carl Moyer Program

Continuous

Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP)

Continuous

Vehicle Buy Back Program

Continuous

 

 
 

Conservancy Proposition 1 Grants

The California Coastal Conservancy is accepting applications for Conservancy Proposition 1 Grants for ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. $8 million is available between three solicitations for the 2018/19 fiscal year to fund water sustainability, protection and enhancement of anadromous fish habitat, wetland restoration, and urban greening projects. The amount awarded in each solicitation will depend on application quality and project need and projects will score higher if applicants have significant matching funds from non-state sources. Eligible applicants include: state agencies or departments, special districts, joint power authorities, cities, counties, nonprofit organizations, Indian Tribes, and public utilities and mutual water companies. Priority will be given to projects that benefit disadvantaged communities and implement state plans and policies. Projects must be completed within five years. Applications are due by June 8, 2018. For more information on this grant opportunity, please visit: http://scc.ca.gov/grants/proposition-1-grants/ and http://scc.ca.gov/files/2018/04/SCC_PSP_Prop_1_Round_10-final.pdf.

 

Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technology Deployment (ATCMTD)

 The Federal Highway Administration has announced the third cycle of Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technology Deployment (ATCMTD) grants to fund new technologies that improve transportation efficiency and safety. $60 million is available to fund model deployment sites for large-scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies. These deployments should help demonstrate how emerging transportation technologies, data, and their applications can be effectively deployed and integrated with existing systems. Between 5 and 10 awards of up to $12 million will be made, with a 1:1 non-Federal match requirement. Applications are due by June 18, 2018. For more information on this grant opportunity, please visit: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=303763.  

 

Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program

The Federal Transit Administration has announced $84.45M in competitive grant funds through the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. The program will support the transition to low polluting and energy efficient transit vehicles by providing funding for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Eligible applicants include direct recipients of FTA grants under the Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, States, and Indian Tribes. The cost of leasing or purchasing a transit bus is not to exceed 85 percent of the total transit bus cost and the cost of leasing or acquiring low- or no-emission bus-related equipment and facilities can be 90 percent of the net project cost.  The application deadline is June 18, 2018. For more information on this grant opportunity, visit: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/lowno.

 

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program

Applications are currently being accepted for The California Natural Resources Agency’s Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation program 2018 grant cycle. The program awards up to $7 million each fiscal year for grants to mitigate environmental impacts of new or modified transportation facilities. Grants are generally limited to $500,000 for development projects and up to $1,000,000 for acquisition projects. Matching funds are not required, but applications which include other sources of funds will be more competitive. Eligible applicants are local, state and federal governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Eligible projects must fit one of the following categories:

  • Urban forestry projects designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide
  • Resource lands projects for the acquisition or enhancement of resource lands to mitigate the loss of, or the detriment to, resource lands lying within or near the right-of-way acquired for transportation improvements
  • Mitigation Projects Beyond the Scope of the Lead Agency responsible for assessing the environmental impact of the proposed transportation improvement

The deadline for applications is June 20, 2018. For more information, please visit: http://resources.ca.gov/grants/environmental-enhancement-and-mitigation-eem/.

 

Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD)

The US Department of Transportation (US DOT) has announced the FY 18 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation discretionary grants program. BUILD Transportation grants replace the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. $1.5 billion is available for investments in surface transportation infrastructure that have a significant local or regional impact supporting roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation. Eligible Applicants are State, local and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. The maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single State. BUILD funding can be used for up to 80 percent of the costs of projects located in an urban area and up to 100 percent of the costs of a project located in a rural area. At least 30 percent of funds must be awarded to projects located in rural areas. Applications are due by July 19, 2018.  US DOT will hold a series of webinars during the FY 18 BUILD grant application process.  All webinars are scheduled from 2:00-4:00 PM EDT.
 
  • Thursday, May 24 - Webinar on how to compete for BUILD grants for all applicants
  • Tuesday, May 29 - Webinar for rural and tribal applicants  
  • Thursday, May 31 - Webinar on how to prepare a benefit cost analysis for a BUILD application
For more information on this grant opportunity, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants and for webinar details and registration information, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants/outreach.
 
 

 Active Transportation Program Cycle 4 – Statewide and Regional Programs 

On May 16th, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) is expected to release a call for projects for Cycle 4 of the statewide Active Transportation Program (ATP), which funds infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects that increase the use of active transportation modes like walking and biking. ATP Cycle 4 will have $217 million available over four fiscal years (2019/20 to 2022/23). At least 25% of total funds must benefit a disadvantaged community and projects that benefit these communities are awarded additional points in the evaluation process.

Minimum grant award is $250,000 for infrastructure projects; no minimum for non-infrastructure projects. Projects may receive up to 5 points for leveraging other fund sources (does not apply to non-infrastructure or planning projects).

Unlike previous years, ATP Cycle 4 will have five different applications to better reflect various types and sizes of projects. Application types are as follows:

  • Large infrastructure (may include non-infrastructure components) project: Greater than $7 million
  • Medium infrastructure (may include non-infrastructure) project: $1.5 million - $7 million
  • Small infrastructure (may include non-infrastructure) project: Less than $1.5 million
  • Non-infrastructure only: any amount
  • Plans: any amount

Applications are due by July 31, 2018. For more information, see the CTC's webpage.

MTC will administer a Regional ATP Cycle 4 call for projects that will follow the same major dates as the statewide program (e.g. applications due July 31). The regional ATP will have $37 million available over Fiscal Years 2019/20-2022/23. Approximately 10% of funds will be targeted to projects under $1 million. MTC staff have proposed that the regional guidelines include:

  • New screening criteria for consistency with One Bay Area Grant (OBAG2) housing element and complete street policy requirements;
  • Demonstration of coordination with affected transit operators;
  • Awarding 2 points for projects identified in an approved Community-Based Transportation Plan (CBTP); and
  • Awarding 2 points for communities with an approved Vision Zero policy or Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Plan.

Regional ATP projects must include an 11.47% match (waivers possible for projects that benefit a Community of Concern, stand-alone non-infrastructure projects, and safe routes to schools projects). Once Regional ATP guidelines are adopted, we will link to them here.

 

Local Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)

Caltrans issued a call for projects for Cycle 9 of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HISP) with the goal to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned public roads and roads on tribal land. Eligible projects include safety projects on any public road or publicly owned bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail, or on tribal lands for general use of tribal members. Projects must complete construction and should not require the acquisition of significant rights of way (not more than 10% of construction costs) or extensive environmental review. The program encourages projects that can be designed and constructed expeditiously. For projects with an extended timeline, such as curve realignment or shoulder widening projects, sponsors must show that previous lower cost methods were ineffective. Projects must have a minimum Benefit-Cost Ratio (BCR) of 3.5, except for High Friction Surface Treatment projects, which must have at least a 2.5 BCR.

An estimated $140 million and $160 million is available in federal funds and projects can receive between $100,000 and $10,000,000. Generally, the maximum federal reimbursement ratio for HISP projects is 90%. Funds can be used for preliminary engineering, right of way and construction.

Caltrans will hold a webinar on May 16, 2018 to help local agencies prepare their HSIP applications. Click here to register.              

The application deadline is August 31, 2018. For more information on this grant opportunity and the upcoming webinar, please visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/HSIP/apply_nowHSIP.htm

 

 Carl Moyer Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is accepting applications for the Carl Moyer Program. This program funds equipment or vehicle replacement, engine replacement, power system conversion and battery charging or fueling infrastructure. It aims to reduce emissions in the communities most impacted by air pollution. Eligible equipment includes:

  • Trucks and buses
  • Public school buses
  • Off-road equipment
  • Agricultral equipment
  • Marine vessels and equipment
  • Locomotives 

$16 million was made available on a first-come, first-served basis when the Program opened in October 2017. Funding amounts depend on the type of project. Projects required by law or contract are ineligible.

Zero-emission and alternative fuel or battery charging infrastructure projects are highly encouraged. Public or private entities that will operate the equipment within the Bay Area may apply.

For more information, visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/grant-funding/funding-sources/carl-moyer-program

 

Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP)

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is accepting applications for the Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP), which provides vouchers to California purchasers and lessees of eligible zero-emission, hybrid and low NOx medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The program is meant to accelerate the adoption of clean vehicle technology.

Voucher amounts range between $20,000 and $110,000, depending on the vehicle's weight. Increased voucher amounts are available for buses purchased by school districts. Any purchaser of an eligible vehicle may apply for funding, with a limit of 200 vouchers per fleet. Vouchers are applied at the point of sale.

After funding was exhausted in 2017, an additional $140 million was added in January 2018. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit https://www.californiahvip.org/

 

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. For more information, visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/grant-funding/residents/vehicle-buyback-program.

 

  

OTHER lINKS

For an overview of transportation funding sources and apportionments, please view Caltrans' 2017 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.

 

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