FY 2022-23 Planning and Capacity Building



The California Air Resources Board hopes to fund Planning and Capacity Building projects in 6 to 15 low-income and disadvantaged communities. Planning and Capacity Building projects are intended to increase transportation equity by improving understanding of residents’ transportation needs, developing organizational and community capacity, and preparing communities to implement clean transportation projects that fill gaps and improve access.


Planning and Capacity Building grants have the flexibility to support many different types of planning and capacity building activities to ensure that CARB funds can help meet the needs of each community within that community’s context. Planning and Capacity Building projects could include community transportation needs assessments, educational resources and programs, workforce training, community decision-making, feasibility studies, land use and mobility plans, and much more. For a full list of example project types, refer to page 15 of the Request for Applications (RFA).

This RFA is a two-phase process. First, Applicants will apply to the Concept Phase by September 8, 2023. The Concept Phase is intended to reduce the resources needed to apply for funding while still providing sufficient information for CARB to evaluate the proposed projects. Interested parties must apply to the Concept Phase to be considered for the Full Phase and eventual funding awards.

Technical assistance is available to support potential Applicants. To receive guaranteed technical assistance, Applicants must sign up by August 11, 2023, but Applicants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to begin receiving assistance earlier in the application process.  

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible Lead Applicants include community-based organizations, local governments (including public school districts), and tribal governments. Eligible Sub-applicants include many different types of public, private, or nonprofit organizations that will directly implement projects. Each application must include partnerships between a Lead Applicant, Sub-applicants, and Community Partners. Refer to page 12 of the RFA for more information.

Eligible Geographies:

Each application must identify and describe the Project Community, which is the geographic area that will be the focus of the project benefits. More than 50 percent of the geographic area of the Project Community must be within low-income or disadvantaged community census tracts.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
5/15/24 - 12/31/26

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
6 – 15
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Violet Martin, 1-279-842-9962, step@arb.ca.gov