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.

Fiscal Year 2017/18 Call for Projects has closed. Please visit the 2017/18 TFCA Call for Projects for the latest updates.

ONE BAY AREA GRANT (OBAG) PROGRAM

OBAG Cycle 2: In November 2015, MTC adopted OBAG 2 funding and policy framework for five years of funding from FY 2017/18 to FY 2021/22, including the OBAG County Program formula.  In July 2016, MTC Commission approved the OBAG 2 program funding amount, including $385.512 million for the County Program, and detailed guidance for the County Program.  As a Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for San Francisco, the Transportation Authority is responsible for administering San Francisco’s County Program share of $48.183 million, which includes a guaranteed minimum of $1.797 million for Safe Routes to School (based on K-12 total school enrollment).  MTC’s County Programming Policies (Resolution 4202) provide guidance on eligible project types, funding limitations, project selection process, and other requirements, such as the Priority Development Area (PDA) target (link to PDA map).

OBAG 2 Call For Project is now closed.  Please visit the OBAG 2 page for the latest updates. 

LIFELINE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

The Transportation Authority released a call for projects for up to $4.92 million in Cycle 4 Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) funds. By the December deadline, we received four applications from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) totaling $6.6 million. Consistent with MTC’s guidelines and the prioritization criteria, the evaluation panel reached consensus on the project rankings, and upon consultation with SFMTA, we recommended fully funding Potrero Hill Pedestrian Safety and Transit Stop Improvements ($375,854) and Expanding Late Night Transit Services (up to $4.76 million). We also recommended concurring with transit operators' proposed Prop 1B priorities, including SFMTA’s Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit ($6.19 million) and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s (BART’s) Wayfinding Signage and Pit Stop Initiative ($4.6 million). This recommendation was supported/approved by the Transportation Authority's Citizens Advisory Committee on January 28, Plans and Programs Committee on February 10 (link to memo), and Board on February 24 (link to resolution); and by the MTC Commission on April 22, 2015 (link to resolution). For more information on LTP and the Cycle 4 selection process, please visit our LTP page.

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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

Vehicle Buy Back Program

None, until funds are exhausted

Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant

November 2, 2017

Charge! Program

November 3, 2017

Local Partnership Program

January 30, 2018

Trade Corridor Enhancement Program

January 30, 2018

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. See the website for more information about the program.

 

Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant

USDOT’s INFRA program will make approximately $1.5 billion available projects using innovative safety solutions to improve our transportation system. For a large project, the INFRA grant must be at least $25 million. For a small project, the grant must be at least $5 million. For each fiscal year of INFRA funds, 10% of available funds are reserved for small projects. Eligible project costs include: reconstruction, rehabilitation, acquisition of property, environmental mitigation, construction contingencies, equipment acquisition, and operational improvements directly related to system performance.
Applications are due November 2, 2017. For more information, please visit: https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/infragrants.

 

Charge! Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is inviting public and private entities to submit applications for the Charge! Program, an incentive program that offers grant funding to help offset a portion of the cost of purchasing, installing, and operating new publicly available charging stations at qualifying facilities within the Air District’s jurisdiction. Eligible charging stations are Direct Current (DC) Fast Charging Station, Level 1 Charging Station, and Level 2 Charging Stations. Qualifying facilities include Destination Facilities, Multi-Dwelling Units Facility, Transit Parking Facility, Transportation Corridors Facility, and Workplace Facility. For 2018, $5 million is allocated to this program, and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The matching funds requirement is 25%. The minimum award amount is $10,000, and the maximum is $500,000. Applicants to the Charge! Program are required to attend a pre-application workshop prior to submitting an application. The next webinars are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 10 AM – 11 AM
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 11 AM – 12 PM

The deadline to apply is November 3, 2017. For questions about applications, please contact Ken Mak at kmak@baaqmd.gov or (415) 749-8660. For more information, please visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/grant-funding/businesses-and-fleets/charge.

 

Local Partnership Program

The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1) created the Local Partnership Program (LPP), providing $200 million annually to reward jurisdictions that have sought and received voter approval for taxes, or have imposed fees, dedicated solely for transportation improvements. One of the mechanisms for awarding funds is through a competitive call for projects. The next call for projects will be on October 20, 2017 and project applications are due on January 30, 2018. The CTC intends to adopt a three-year program in the initial cycle for a total of around $250 million.

Eligible applicants are the taxing authorities that have sought and received voter-approved taxes or that have imposed fees dedicated solely to transportation improvements. Eligible projects include improvements to the state highway system, improvements to transit facilities, acquisition or rehabilitation of rolling stock or other transit equipment, improvements to the local road system, improvements to bicycle or pedestrian facilities, road maintenance and rehabilitation, among others.

The competitive grant funds can only be used for construction, except those expected to be delivered using a design-build method. Projects require at least a dollar-for-dollar match of local, state, federal or private funds and must be expended concurrently and proportionally to the LPP funds. The minimum grant request for the Competitive Grant Program is $3 million and the CTC will be looking for projects that can start construction earlier, that leverage more committed funds per program dollar, and that can demonstrate air quality improvements and community or regional support. For more information visit http://www.catc.ca.gov/programs/SB1.html.

 

Trade Corridor Enhancement Program

Senate Bill 1 created the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, providing $300 million annually to fund infrastructure improvements on federally designated Trade Corridors of National and Regional Significance. The next call for projects will be on October 20, 2017 and project applications are due on January 30, 2018.

Eligible applicants include local and regional agencies such as cities, transportation authorities, port authorities, and Caltrans. Projects eligible for funding are those that significantly contribute to the freight system’s economic activity or vitality, relieves congestion on the freight system, improve safety, improve, or preserve freight infrastructure, or reduces or avoids adverse community and/or environmental impacts. Projects require at least a 30% match of local, state, federal, or private funds and may be used for any component of a project. The CTC intends to adopt a three-year program in the initial cycle, and five-year programs after that. For more information visit http://www.catc.ca.gov/programs/SB1.html.

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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