California Department of Transportation

Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant Program

Announcing Senate Bill 1 Final Grant Application Guides and Call-for-Applications

Caltrans is pleased to release the FY 2017-18 Grant Application Guides and call-for-applications for the new grant funding from Senate Bill 1, The Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017 (see schedule below).  The Grant Application Guides were developed with input from four public workshops in June and September, nearly 200 comments received for the Discussion Draft and Final Draft Grant Guides, and consultation with the California State Transportation Agency and other State Departments. 

A total of $31.886 million is available for transportation planning projects statewide.  The information provided below will assist with the successful completion of grant applications, due October 20, 2017 by 5 PM.  Please contact the appropriate Caltrans district staff (below) if there are questions about developing a competitive grant applications.

The new SB 1 planning grant funds include:

  • $25 million annually 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.
  • $20 million over three years for Adaptation Planning Grants to local and regional agencies for climate change adaptation planning.

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.

Grant applicants are encouraged to contact Caltrans district staff (below) to ask questions and receive technical assistance with application development.  


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

Anticipated Schedule for Fiscal Year 2018-19 Transportation Planning Grants (i.e., Sustainable Communities, Strategic Partnerships, and Adaptation Planning)

  • January 2, 2018 – Release Grant Guides and call for applications
  • February 23, 2018 – Grant applications due
  • March 2018 – Application evaluation period
  • May 2018 – Management approval and release grant announcements
  • February 1, 2019 – Non-MPO/RTPA final due date for contract packages
  • May 1, 2019 – MPO/RTPA final due date for programming funds in Overall Work Programs (OWPs) and OWP Agreements.   
  • February 28, 2021 – ALL grant tasks must be completed
  • April 30, 2021 ALL final invoices must be submitted

Previously Awarded Grant Cycle - Fiscal Year 2017-18 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Awards

Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Communities Grant Awards

Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Communities Grant Non-awards

Grant Application Guide

Grants Workshop Presentation

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
Fiscal and Grant Management Branch
Office of Regional Planning
(916) 651-8196

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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