California Department of Transportation

Transportation Planning Grant Program

Announcing the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Cycle

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; and, Smart Mobility 2010 Principles.  Overarching objectives were also defined 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 in July 2015, 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.  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.  

Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program FACT SHEET

Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 Schedule for FY 2015-16 Grant Awards

September 2, 2014 — Release Call for Applications
September – Grant Marketing Workshops
October 31 at 5 PM – Application Deadline
November – District Grant Application Review/Ranking
December/January – HQ Grant Committee Review/Funding Recommendations
February – Management Approval of Committee Recommendations
March – Send Preliminary Notifications to All Applicants
April – Send Conditional Award Letters with State Budget Contingency
July 2015– Grantees May Begin Work, Pending State Budget Approval

Grant Programs

Caltrans offers two different transportation planning grant programs for Fiscal Year 2015-16:

  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Sustainable Communities

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


Archived Grants Information

Contact Us

Priscilla Martinez-Velez 
Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Lead
Associate Transportation Planner
Office of Regional & Interagency Planning
(916) 651-8196


1120 N Street, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 95814

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