California Department of Transportation

Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant Program

Caltrans Kicks-off the FY 2019-20 Senate Bill 1 Planning Grants

On the heels of the FY 2018-19 Sustainable Transportation and Adaptation Planning grant announcements, Caltrans is gearing up for the next round of grants.  In collaboration with the California State Transportation Agency, Caltrans will conduct two workshops to gather public and stakeholder input and inform draft grant guide development for the Senate Bill (SB) 1 planning grant funds:

    • $25 million for Sustainable Communities Grants 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.
    • $6 million for Adaptation Planning Grants to local and regional agencies for climate change adaptation planning.

The discussion draft grant application guides are posted now until July 13 to give interested parties the opportunity to provide input for the final drafts, anticipated in late July for a 30-day public comment period.  Please use the comment forms below for Sustainable Communities and Adaptation Planning grants.  Public workshops were conducted in early June to solicit public input for the development of discussion draft grant guides. Two more public workshops will be held in August for final input into the guides.  Final grant guides are anticipated for release in late August, and applications will be due in late October 2018.  

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. 

Sustainable Communities Discussion Draft Grant Application Guide (Includes Lessons Learned Summary to Inform FY 2019-20)

Sustainable Communities Comment Form

Adaptation Planning Discussion Draft Grant Application Guide

Adaptation Planning Comment Form

Anticipated Schedule for FY 2019-20 Transportation Planning Grants (i.e., Sustainable Communities, Strategic Partnerships, and Adaptation Planning)

  • Early June 2018 – Hold 2 workshops and incorporate comments into the grant guide
  • Early July 2018 – Post draft discussion grant guide online for comment for 2 weeks. Incorporate comments.
  • Late July 2018 – Send Final Draft of the Grant Guides to the financial and policy committees in the legislature. Post the Final Draft Grant Guide online for comment for 30-day public comment period.
  • Late August/Early September 2018 – Hold 2 workshops and incorporate comments in to the guide. Release final Grant Guides and call for applications
  • Late October 2018 – Anticipated grant applications deadline
  • November 2018 – February 2019 – Evaluate and score the applications
  • Spring 2019 – Management approval and grant announcements released
  • July 2019 – Earliest project start date for MPOs/RTPAs
  • October 2019 – Earliest project start date for non-MPOs/RTPAs
  • February 28, 2022 – ALL grant tasks must be completed
  • April 30, 2022 –  ALL final invoices must be submitted

Caltrans Announces the FY 2018-19 Transportation Planning Grants

Caltrans is pleased to announce the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant awards.  A statewide total of 180 grant applications were received that requested approximately $51 million for: Sustainable Communities Competitive, Strategic Partnerships (including transit), and Adaptation Planning.  Of these applications, 99 transportation planning projects were selected for grant awards, totaling approximately $28.87 million.  Award and Non-Award lists for each grant are provided below.  In addition, Metropolitan Planning Organizations will receive $12.5 million in Sustainable Communities Formula grants to further their Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. Grant applicants are encouraged to contact Caltrans district staff to request feedback for unsuccessful applications and receive technical assistance with application development.  

Sustainable Communities and Strategic Partnerships Summary
Sustainable Communities Award List
Sustainable Communities Non-Award List
Strategic Partnerships Award List
Strategic Partnerships Non-Award List

Adaptation Planning Summary
Adaptation Planning Award List
Adaptation Planning Non-Award List


FY 2018-19 Sustainable Transportation and Adaptation Planning Grant Materials

Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide
Adaptation Planning Grant Application Guide
Grants Presentation 
Grants Brochure 

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

Priscilla Martinez-Velez
Senior Transportation Planner
Grant Management
Office of Regional Planning
(916) 651-8196


1120 N Street, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 95814

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


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