Reconnecting Communities: Highways to Boulevards Program

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The California Department of Transportation is launching the Reconnecting Communities: Highways to Boulevards (RC:H2B) Pilot Program. $149 million was established for the conversion of underutilized highways into multi-modal corridors to reconnect communities divided by transportation infrastructure. The historical harm will be addressed through community-based planning to address the transportation barrier. 


The Reconnecting Communities: Highways to Boulevards Pilot Program (RC:H2B) was established within the State of California Streets and Highways Code Section 104.3 for the purpose of awarding competitive grants to eligible entities, in partnership with Caltrans, for planning or implementing the conversion or transformation of underutilized state highways into multimodal corridors that serve residents of underserved communities. The RC:H2B Program Guidelines were developed through workshops that included participation from a broad range of stakeholders such as local government agencies, transit agencies, and tribal governments and others.  The primary goal of the RC:H2B Pilot Program is to reconnect communities harmed by transportation infrastructure, through community-supported planning activities and capital construction projects that are championed by those communities. One hundred percent of the program funds are awarded to projects that benefit underserved communities. The Program will release their Call for Communities in mid-June, with an application submittal deadline in September of this year.

Pursuant to the statute, the intent of the RC:H2B is to achieve the following goals:

(1) Restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities that create barriers to mobility, access, or economic development.

(2) Provide matching funding for potential federal grant funds.

(3) Advance health and equity outcomes for underserved communities by removing health, safety, and access barriers associated with transportation infrastructure within communities.

(4) Improve access to opportunity by improving travel options and reducing combined household transportation and housing costs for underserved communities.

(5) Create opportunities for implementation of affordable housing and affirmatively furthering fair housing.

(6) Avoid or minimize direct and indirect displacement effects from project implementation.

(7) Advance community-based or community-driven transportation planning.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Applicants are highly encouraged to establish partnerships and co-applicants on their proposal.  Partners may or may not be eligible applicants but they will provide value to the project in some way. Partners may be Tribal Governments, Community Based Organizations, Joint Power Authorities, Local Government, Non-Profits, Small Businesses, and organizations with a history of providing community based outreach or technical assistance. 

Eligible Geographies:

The RC:H2B Pilot Program aims to invest in areas that shall clearly demonstrate a direct and meaningful benefit to an underserved community.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Not required.

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.
Early 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
untill June 2027

Funding Details

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  • State

Funding Source Notes:

A total of $149 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022/23 state funding has been made available to awardees of the RC:H2B program.

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.


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