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Funding Opportunities
Funding Opportunities for Active Transportation

Caltrans Bicycle Transportation Account  
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) receives several million dollars each year from the Highway Users’ Fund and the Transportation Tax Fund to be used for projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters. Funds are allocated to cities and counties on a matching basis that requires the jurisdiction to provide a minimum of 10 percent of the total project cost. The maximum grant amount is $1 million.

Caltrans Transportation Planning Funds
Transportation Planning grant funds are available from Caltrans for planning projects that improve mobility and lead to the planning, programming, and implementation of transportation improvement projects. The program categories include Environmental Justice, Community-Based Transportation Planning, Transit Planning, and others. More information is available through the Office of Community Planning and the Office of Regional and Interagency Planning

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
Metro is responsible for allocating discretionary federal, state and local transportation funds to improve all modes of surface transportation. Metro also prepares the Los Angeles County Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). A key component of TIP is the Call for Projects program, a competitive process that distributes transportation funds to regionally significant projects. Every other year, Metro accepts Call for Projects applications in seven categories: Regional Surface Transportation Improvements; Goods Movement; Signal Synchronization and Bus Speed Improvements; Transportation Demand Management; Bikeways Improvements; Pedestrian Improvements; Transit Capital; and Transportation Enhancement Activities). Local jurisdictions, transit operators, and other public agencies are encouraged to submit applications proposing projects for funding.

In addition to the Call for Projects, Metro also administers a program called the Transportation Development Act, Article 3. These funds are used by cities within the County for the planning and construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and may include engineering expenses, right-of-way acquisition, purchase and installation of bicycle facilities, and other activities.

HSIP (Highway Safety Improvement Program) Projects
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which was signed into national law on August 10, 2005, established the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) as a core Federal-aid program. The purpose of this program is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads through the implementation of infrastructure-related highway safety improvements.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program
The federal Safe Routes to School and the California Safe Routes to School  programs provide funds to improve the ability of primary and middle school students to walk and bicycle to school safely. Both provide funding for encouraging walking and bicycling, making active transportation safer through engineering improvements, and facilitating the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of primary and middle schools.
People for Bikes Community Grants
The People for Bikes (formerly Bikes Belong) Community Grant Program strives to put more people on bicycles more often by funding important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. These projects include bike paths and rail trails, as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.

Since 1999, PeopleForBikes has awarded 279 grants to municipalities and grassroots groups in 49 states and the District of Columbia, investing nearly $2.5 million in community bicycling projects and leveraging close to $650 million in federal, state, and private funding.
Priority is given to: Bicycle organizations, coalitions, and associations—particularly those that have not received organizational funding in the past and Projects that build coalitions for bicycling by joining the efforts of bicycle industry and advocacy.

Alliance for Biking and Walking
Bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations play an important role in improving and increasing biking and walking in local communities, states, and provinces. The Alliance’s Advocacy Advance Grants enable state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations to develop, transform, and provide innovative strategies in their communities. The Advocacy Advance Grants are one-year grants, awarded two times per year (Spring and Summer) to startup organizations and innovative campaigns to dramatically increase biking and walking. Through the Advocacy Advance Partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance provides technical assistance, coaching, and training to supplement the grants.

Funding Opportunities for Healthy Planning, Open Space, and Conservation

Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentive Program
The Strategic Growth Council (SGC), which in the California Department of Conservation, manages competitive grants to cities, counties, and regional agencies to promote sustainable community planning and natural resource conservation. The grant program supports Climate Action Plans and General Plan amendments, as well as other planning initiatives. The Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program offers a unique opportunity to improve and sustain the wise use of infrastructure and natural resources through a coordinated and collaborative approach. Grants are funded through the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Act of 2006 (Proposition 84).

SCAG Demonstration Projects
The Southern California Association of Governments provides Compass Blueprint Planning Services through Demonstration Projects, which are opportunities for local planning efforts to become regional showcases for great planning. Demonstration Projects enable cities and counties to better evaluate planning options and stimulate sustainable development opportunities. Projects are typically large in scope and have the potential to be significant at the regional or subregional level. A wide variety of types of projects are eligible to be Demonstration projects, including greenhouse gas reduction strategies, feasibility studies, transit-oriented developments, pedestrian infrastructure, and more.

The Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program
The Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP) offers a total of $10 million each year for grants to local, state, and federal governmental agencies and to nonprofit organizations for projects to mitigate the environmental impacts caused by new or modified public transportation facilities.

California State Parks: Statewide Park Program
This program awards grants on a competitive basis for the creation of new parks and recreation opportunities in proximity to the most critically underserved communities across California. These projects will benefit the health of families, youth, senior citizens, and other populations by meeting their recreational, cultural, social, educational, and environmental needs.

California Coastal Conservancy
The Coastal Conservancy may award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for projects that relate to its goals. Some examples of the types of projects the Coastal Conservancy may fund include trails and other public access to and along the coast, natural resource protection and restoration in the coastal zone or affecting coastal areas, and resolution of land use conflicts. The Coastal Conservancy may also provide advice about forming and running a nonprofit.

Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a program of the National Parks Service that provides funds to the states for planning, acquiring, and developing outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Priority development projects include trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, natural areas and cultural areas for recreational use. Property acquired or developed under the program must be retained in perpetuity for public outdoor recreation use.

*Compiled by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, PLACE Program
October 2013

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