California Department of Transportation

Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program

Announcing Senate Bill 1 Planning Grants Workshops

Caltrans is on a fast track to launch the new grant funding from Senate Bill 1, The Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017.  In collaboration with the California State Transportation Agency, Caltrans will hold two workshops to gather public and stakeholder input and inform draft grant guide development for the new SB 1 planning grant funds:

  • Transportation Planning Grants ($25 million annually) to encourage local and regional planning that further state goals, including, but not limited to, the goals and best practices cited in the regional transportation plan guidelines adopted by the California Transportation Commission.
  • Climate Change Adaptation Planning Grants ($20 million over three years) to local and regional agencies for climate change adaptation planning.

Each of these grant programs will have separate Grant Guides and will be discussed at the workshops (details below). In addition to public and stakeholder input, Caltrans is partnering with other State Agencies to ensure that the State’s priorities are addressed in these important transportation planning programs.  It is envisioned that these planning grants will provide much needed funding to support regional sustainable communities strategies and ultimately achieve the State’s greenhouse gas reductions targets of 40 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 2050, respectively.  

Workshop Press Release

SB1 Workshop Flyer

Workshop Dates and Locations

Southern California
Meeting Agenda
Monday, June 26
11:00 am -12:00 pm
Union Station Conference Room
1 Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, June 27
11:00 am -12:00 pm
Caltrans Basement Board Room
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
* Webcast live for participants whom are unable to attend in person at:
Webcast participants can email comments/questions to:

Anticipated Schedule for Fiscal Year 2017-18 SB 1 Planning Grants

  • June 2017 – Hold two workshops for input on the grant guide
  • July 2017 – Post the Discussion Draft Grant Guides online for 2-week comment period. Incorporate comments.
  • Late July – Send Final Draft Grant Guides to the Legislature (financial and policy committees) and post for 30-day comment period.
  • Late August 2017 – Hold two public workshops to receive input on the Final Draft Grant Guides and incorporate comments.
  • Early September 2017 – Release final Grant Guides and call for applications
  • October 20, 2017 – Grant applications due
  • November 2017 – Application evaluation period
  • December 2017 – Management approval and release grant announcements
  • February 1, 2018 – Non-MPO/RTPA final due date for contract packages
  • May 1, 2018 – MPO/RTPA final due date for programming funds in Overall Work Programs (OWPs) and OWP Agreements.   

FY 2017-18 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Materials

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Awards

Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Communities Grant Awards

Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Communities Grant Non-awards

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The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program was created to support the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) current Mission:  Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability. 
Current significant efforts were also considered during grant program development, such as:

  • California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities Vision and Core Concepts;
  • State Smart Transportation Initiative Assessment and Recommendations;
  • Caltrans Program Review Major Actions;
  • California Transportation Plan 2040 Vision and Goals;
  • Smart Mobility 2010 Principles. 

Grant Program Overarching Objectives were also identified to ensure consideration of these major efforts in transportation planning, including: Sustainability, Preservation, Mobility, Safety, Innovation, Economy, Health, and Equity. 

In addition, grant administration processes have been streamlined and made consistent to benefit our partners. Most notable is the earlier release date of the Grant Application Guide, the earlier application deadline, and an earlier grant award announcement date. With this advanced process, grant recipients can anticipate starting project activities earlier in the State Fiscal Year, pending State Budget approval.

The intent of the Grant Program remains unchanged. Although dedicated grants no longer exist for Environmental Justice, Community-Based Transportation Planning, and Transit Planning, these important areas are still eligible for funding under the new Grant Program. Caltrans still provides transportation planning grants to promote a balanced, comprehensive multimodal transportation system. However, Caltrans revised the Grant Program to reflect current goals that direct us to emphasize more transportation planning efforts that promote sustainability.

These grants may be used for a wide range of transportation planning purposes, which address local and regional transportation needs and issues. The implementation of these grants should ultimately lead to the adoption, initiation, and programming of transportation improvements. The Caltrans Division of Transportation Planning provides the following transportation planning grants:

  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Sustainable Communities

Grant Program Information

More information about each grant's purpose and goal, eligibility, and grant funding cap can be found in the Office of Regional Planning's grants website.

Archived Grants Information

Contact Us

Rosie Flores
Fiscal and Grant Management Branch
Office of Regional Planning
(916) 653-3957


1120 N Street, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 95814

PO Box 942874, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001


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