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 PROGRAM

In 2012, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission established the One Bay Area Grant program to direct federal transportation funding to regional transportation priorities that advance the Bay Area's land use and housing goals by targeting investments in local Priority Development Areas.  As San Francisco's Congestion Management Agency, the Transportation Authority is responsible for issuing a call for projects and approving San Francisco's One Bay Area Grant project priorities for San Francisco's county share.  In June 2013, through Resolution 13-63, the Transportation Authority adopted the Cycle 1 project priorities for San Francisco, providing a total of $35 million to seven projects and in January 2018, through Resolution 18-29, the Transportation Authority programmed the last of its $42 million in Cycle 2 funds to six projects.  The Transportation Authority anticipates a third round of the One Bay Area Grant program in Fiscal Year 2021/22.

For more information on LTP, including projects that have received funding, please visit our One Bay Area Grant page.

San Francisco LIFELINE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM Cycle 1 Call for Projects

On January 14, the Transportation Authority released a call for projects for an estimated $4.599 million in San Francisco Lifeline Transportation Program (SF LTP) Cycle 1 funds. The Transportation Authority Board established the SF LTP to fund projects that:

• Improve a range of transportation choices for low-income populations; and

• Address gaps or barriers identified through community-based transportation plans or other substantive, collaborative, and inclusive planning efforts involving focused outreach to low-income populations

Eligible projects include: new, enhanced, or restored transit service, including late-night and weekend services; transit stop enhancements; purchase of vehicles or technologies; transit-related aspects of bicycling; shuttle service; and various elements of mobility management. Public transit agencies are eligible to apply, and a 10% local match is required. The Transportation Authority will give the highest priority to Communities of Concern supportive transit services that directly increase mobility for low income persons. We anticipate bringing project recommendations to the Citizens Advisory Committee in March 2019 and to the Transportation Authority Board in April 2019. Funds are available after the MTC Commission approves the program of projects anticipated by June 2019.

Applications were due by 5:00 pm on February 15, 2019 to lifeline@sfcta.org. Visit http://www.sfcta.org/lifeline for the call for projects materials and for more information about SF LTP. For questions about the program or assistance with the application, contact Aprile Smith at (415) 522-4837 or lifeline@sfcta.org.

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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

Automated Driving System Demonstration Grants

March 21, 2019

Passenger Ferry Grant Program

April 15, 2019

Clean Fleets Program

April 30, 2019

Charge Program

June 30, 2019

Bay Area Vanpool Program

Continuous

Carl Moyer Program

Continuous

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

Continuous

Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP)

Continuous

Light-Duty Zero-Emissions Vehicle Program

Continuous

Vehicle Buy Back Program

Continuous

 

 

Automated Driving System Demonstration Grants

The U.S. DOT has announced their Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Automated Driving System (ADS) Demonstration Grants. Up to $60,000,000 in Federal funding is available to provide grants to eligible entities to fund demonstration projects that test the safe integration of automated driving systems into the Nation’s on-road transportation system. These grants aim to gather significant safety data to inform rulemaking, foster collaboration amongst state and local government and private partners, and test the safe integration of ADS on our nation’s roads.

Grant applications are due on March 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time through www.Grants.gov. Awardees will be announced in Spring 2019. For more information please visit https://www.transportation.gov/av/grants.

 

Passenger Ferry Grant Program

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has released a solicitation of project proposals for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program. Approximately $30 million is available to assist with financing capital projects to support existing passenger ferry service, establish new ferry service, and to repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities and equipment. Funds will be awarded based on factors such as the age and condition of existing ferry boats, terminals and related infrastructure; benefits to riders, such as increased reliability; project readiness; and connectivity to other modes of transportation. Funds may not be used for operating expenses, planning, or preventive maintenance.
Eligible applicants must be designated recipients or eligible direct recipients of Section 5307 funds, which include public entities engaged in providing a public transportation passenger ferry service in urbanized areas. There is no minimum or maximum grant award amount and FTA intends to fund as many projects as possible (they are expecting to award about 50 projects). Due to funding limitations, selected projects may receive less than the requested amount and an applicant must be able to demonstrate that the proposed project is still viable and able to be completed with the awarded amount.
Once awards are announced, funds are available for the year the announcement is made plus five years. Applications are due April 15, 2019. For more information visit: https://www.transit.dot.gov/passenger-ferry-grants

 

Clean Fleets Program

The Air District’s Clean Fleets Program deadline has been extended until April 30, 2019, and has been updated with new grant award amounts and minimum mileage requirements that will offer more flexibility. Up to $5 million is available and will be awarded to qualifying projects on a first-come, first-served basis. All public and private fleet owners are eligible and eligible vehicle types include battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Per vehicle grant amounts are between $1,000 and $5,000.

Applicants must attend a mandatory pre-application workshop. Workshops are scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 10AM – 11AM, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 2PM – 3PM, and Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2PM – 3PM.

For more information, visit: http://www.baaqmd.gov/funding-and-incentives/businesses-and-fleets/light-duty-pev-program.

Charge Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has allocated $5 million from the Transportation Fund for Clean Air to “Charge!”, an incentive program that offers grants to help offset a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing new publicly available electric vehicle charging stations within the Air District. Eligible applicants include businesses, non-profits, and public agencies. Minimum grant award is $10,000, maximum is $500,000, and applicants must provide 25% matching funds. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The application deadline is June 30, 2019.

For more information, visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/grant-funding/businesses-and-fleets/charge.

Bay Area Vanpool Program

MTC’s recently established Bay Area Vanpool Program is offering direct subsidies to new and existing vanpools, thanks to an infusion of over $9.5 million approved by MTC in July of 2018 for the next five years. Qualifying vanpools that rent their vehicles through Enterprise (the preferred vendor for the Vanpool Program) are eligible for a $350/month subsidy. Vanpoolers can pay for their remaining vanpool costs with pretax dollars, further reducing the cost of their shared commute.

To learn how to join a vanpool, start a new one or see if your existing vanpool qualifies for the subsidy, visit www.traffic.511.org/carpool-vanpool/vanpool/overview. Vanpool groups can apply for subsidies at: https://www.commutewithenterprise.com/en/partners/mtc.html

Carl Moyer Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis 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 

$11 million was made available when the Program opened on June 25, 2018. Maximum funding amounts depending on the type of project. Projects required by law or contract are ineligible. Public or private entities that will operate the equipment within the Bay Area may apply.

 

Zero-emission and alternative fuel or battery charging infrastructure projects are highly encouraged to apply. This year, there are also higher award amounts available for projects that replace diesel-fueled equipment with zero-emission equipment. Applicants are encouraged to read the Air District's call for projects, as new project types and increased grant amounts are available for other equipment and infrastructure purchases as well. 

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

 

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

Funding is currently available from the California Air Resource Board's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project for public fleets to acquire approved new zero-emission or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Public agencies are eligible for the following rebates:

  • Fuel-cell electric vehicle: $5,000-$7,000
  • Battery electric vehicle: $2,500-$4,500
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle: $1,500-$3,500
  • Zero-emission motorcycle: $900

Funding is available on a first come, first-served basis, and the total amount of funding available will vary over time. Agencies can receive up to 30 rebates a year. Agencies operating in disadvataged communities as designated by CalEnviroScreen may qualify for the upper range of rebates listed above.

For more information, visit the project webpage: https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng/fleet.

 

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/

 

Light-Duty Zero-Emissions Vehicle Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has made $5 million available for fleet operators to purchase or lease new light-duty zero-emission vehicles. Applicants can receive $1,000 per light-duty vehicle or motorcycle. Project awards must range between $10,000 and $500,000. The proposed light-duty vehicles must be driven at least 18,000 miles a year to be eligible for funding.

A list of eligible zero-emissions vehicles is here: http://dieselfree33.baaqmd.gov/~/media/dieselfree/files/available_zero_emission_light_duty_vehicles-pdf.pdf?la=en

Funding is available on a first come, first-served basis to public and private fleet owners. Applicants must attend a pre-applicaiton webinars before submitting their request. The two upcoming webinars are from 2PM-3PM on September 18th and October 4th

For more information and the complete program guidelines, visit the Air District's webpage: http://www.baaqmd.gov/grant-funding/businesses-and-fleets/light-duty-pev-program.

 

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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