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

MTC has kicked off the Cycle 5 Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) call for projects, and as Congestion Management Agency we are charged with establishing San Francisco's project priorities.  The LTP seeks to provide mobility needs of low-income residents by encouraging a collaborative and inclusive process, supporting community based transportation projects, and improving the range of transportation choices. Examples of eligible projects include: new, enhanced, or restored transit service, including late-night and weekend services; transit stop enhancements; purchase of vehicles or technologies; shuttle service; and various elements of mobility management.  Cycle 5 is smaller than prior cycles with approximately $20 million split by formula across the whole region in State Transit Assistance (STA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula funds. Funding for STA and Section 5307 is assigned to counties, based on the county’s share of the regional low-income population. San Francisco will receive $2.5 million this cycle with $1.7 million in STA funding and $800 thousand in FTA Section 5307 funding.  Given the fund sources for this cycle, only transit operators are eligible to apply, so other agencies seeking LTP funds must enlist a transit operator to serve as a fiscal sponsor. The LTP requires a minimum local match of 20% of the total project cost except for Section 5307 operating projects and auto-related projects, both of which require a 50% match. The MTC Commission approval of program of projects is currently anticipated in July 2018, with funds available in that fiscal year (2018/19).

The MTC Commission deferred action on the LTP guidelines in December to align the discussion with that of the Community Based Transportation Plan guidelines, and is now anticipated to take action to approve the Cycle 5 program guidelines on January 24, 2018. While we can’t officially release the call for projects prior to MTC Commission approval, MTC staff is currently advising we will still need to submit project priorities to them in May 2018, so we are aiming for Board approval of our LTP program of projects in April. We are considering ways to provide sponsors with as much time as possible to respond to the call for projects. 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

Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP)

January 12, 2018 

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC)

January 16, 2018

Local Partnership Program

January 30, 2018

Trade Corridor Enhancement Program

January 30, 2018

Solutions for Congested Corridors Program

February 16, 2018

Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant Program 

February 23, 2018

Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) 

March 2018

Priority Development Area Planning Program

March 5, 2018 

Charge! Program

March 9, 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.

 

Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP)

The TIRCP program seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand rail service to increase ridership, integrate different rail and bus systems, and improve rail safety. Eligible projects include rail, bus, and ferry capital projects that result in increased ridership and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Eligible applicants are public agencies that operate or have planning responsibility for existing or planned transit service. The TIRCP will receive both a specified portion of annual SB 1 revenues and 10% of the Cap and Trade auction proceeds deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. CTC must adopt a 5-year TIRCP program (FY18-19 thru FY22-23) before July 1, 2018, and estimates $2.4 billion will be available for this 5-year program. MTC's Cap and Trade Framework prioritized BART's Train Control project in addition to SFMTA's Fleet Enhance & Expand project and their Facilities project as regional priorities for TIRCP.  CalSTA and Caltrans will hold optional meetings to discuss project concepts and applications November 6 – 14, 2017.  Applications are due January 12, 2018.  For more information, please visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/sptircp.html.

 

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC)

The The AHSC program provides grants and affordable housing loans for compact transit-oriented development and related infrastructure and programs that reduce GHG emissions.  On October 2, the Strategic Growth Counsel released a Notice of Funding Availability for Round 3 of the program, with $255 million in cap and trade funds to be allocated through a competitive process.  Applications are due on January 16, 2018 and awards will be announced in June 2018.  For more information, see the NOFA under AHSC here: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/nofas.shtml.

  

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 call for projects was 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/lpp/.

 

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/tcep/.

 

Solutions for Congested Corridors Program

Senate Bill 1 created the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, allocating $250 million annually to fund the construction of projects that reduce congestion in heavily traveled corridors with performance enhancements. Eligible projects must address multimodal options and should focus on safety, congestion, accessibility, economic development, land use and air quality.

Agencies responsible for preparing regional transportation improvement plans under Section 14527 of Government Code or Caltrans may nominate projects for funding. No local match is required but demonstrating an ability to leverage federal funds is beneficial.

Program guidelines are scheduled to be finalized on December 6th, 2017. Applications funding under the upcoming cycle that runs from FY 2017-18 and 2020-21 will be due on February 16, 2018. Find more information here http://www.catc.ca.gov/programs/sb1/sccp/.

 

Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant Program

Caltrans has released a call for applications for the Fiscal Year 2018/19 Planning Grant program. This call for applications covers three competitive grant programs:

  • Sustainable Communities Competitive ($17.38 million) to fund local and regional multimodal transportation and land use planning projects that further the region’s RTP. Minimum award $100,000 ($50,000 for Disadvantaged Communities), maximum award $1,000,000, required local match is 11.47%.
  • Climate Change Adaptation Planning Grants ($7 million) to local and regional agencies for climate change adaptation planning. Minimum/maximum awards: $100,000/$1,000,000, required local match is 11.47%.
  • Strategic Partnerships ($4.3 million) to fund transportation planning studies of interregional and statewide significance, in partnership with Caltrans. Minimum/maximum awards: $100,000/$1,000,000, required local match is 20% for the FHWA funds and 11.47% for the FTA Section 5304 funds.

Applications are due February 23, 2018. See http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html for more information.

Caltrans District 4 will hold a grant open house on Thursday, January 18th from 1:00 - 2:30 at the District office, 111 Grand Ave, Oakland, Parkview Room (15-700).

 

Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP)

LCTOP is a program administered by Caltrans that provides operating and capital assistance to transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility. Five percent of annual cap-and-trade auction proceeds go to LCTOP. In FY 2017-18, $75 million in LCTOP funds will be allocated. The program emphasizes making investments in disadvantaged communities.

Transportation planning agencies and transit operators that are eligible for State Transit Assistance Funds may receive LCTOP funding. LCTOP funds must enhance or expand transit service, increase transit mode share or support the purchase of zero emission vehicles or infrastructure.

Final guidelines will be posted in December 2017. Eligible agencies must submit allocation requests to Caltrans by March 2018. For further information, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/splctop.html.

 

Priority Development Area Planning Program

MTC has issued a call for projects for the Priority Development Area (PDA) Planning program with three subprograms, as summarized below: 1) PDA Planning, 2) PDA Technical Assistance, and 3) PDA Staffing Assistance. Up to $8 million is available for all three programs. While all local governments with PDAs are eligible to apply, priority will be given to the 16 jurisdictions, which includes San Francisco, taking on over 70% of the region’s housing growth in Plan Bay Area 2040. For PDA Planning, no more than one-third of the available funding in this cycle will be awarded to one jurisdiction. MTC will host a pre-application workshop from 1-3 pm on January 11, 2018 at Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, Yerba Buena Conference Room, San Francisco, CA.

Applications are due to MTC by 4:00 pm on March 5, 2018. For more detail, please see the attached fact sheet or visit MTC’s PDA Planning webpage: https://mtc.ca.gov/our-work/plans-projects/focused-growth-livable-communities/priority-development-areas

  • The PDA Planning Program funds comprehensive planning in PDAs that will result in intensified land uses around transit hubs and corridors, with key goals to increase housing (including affordable housing) and jobs, walking, biking, carpooling and car sharing trips, and key services within PDAs. Specific plans or an equivalent are preferred due to the ability to conduct programmatic Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) to facilitate the development process. This program utilizes federal Surface Transportation Program funds and requires 12% local match with non-federal funds. The grant award range is between $100,000 and $800,000. Plans must be completed within 30 months from the execution of the funding agreement with MTC.
  • The PDA Technical Assistance Program provides customized consultant assistance to support discrete projects that advance implementation of PDA-related plans, e.g. parking policy and demand analysis, financing mechanisms for transit-oriented development (TOD), development feasibility analysis, infrastructure planning and design, transit station access and circulation, and TOD-supportive design and zoning. There is no required local match, and maximum grant award is $65,000. Plans must be completed within 6 months following finalized scope.
  • The PDA Staffing Assistance Program provides consultants to address staff reductions that have made it difficult to carry out neighborhood planning efforts critical to Plan Bay Area 2040 implementation. Staffing is limited to planning projects that provide a clear transportation/land use nexus, such as transit-oriented affordable housing policy development and implementation (PDA-specific or jurisdiction-wide); planning for mixed-income neighborhoods near transit (to increase affordability with location efficiency); planning and implementing transit connectivity to housing, jobs and services; parking management and pricing connected to new land uses; and bicycle/pedestrian planning connected to new land uses. There is no required local match, and maximum grant award is $200,000. Plans must be completed within 18 months following finalized scope.

 

Charge! Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has allocated $5 million from the Transportation Fund for Clean Air to “Charge!”, an incentive program that offers grants to help offset a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing new publicly available electric vehicle charging stations within the Air District. Charge! is meant support the Bay Area’s broader EV-adoption goals. Up to $500,000 is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Air District recently extended the application deadline to March 9, 2018.

Charge! funds can be used to finance a variety of electric vehicle charging stations. Both public and private entities are eligible if they meet the 25% local match requirement. For more information, visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/grant-funding/businesses-and-fleets/charge.

                        

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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