Strategic Partnerships Transit

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Department of Transportation
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  • Grant
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Identify and address statewide, interregional, or regional multimodal transportation or public transit deficiencies in partnership with Caltrans.


Strategic Partnerships Grants are available on an annual basis and through a competitive application process. Grants are for multimodal transportation planning activities such as planning for regional and interregional public transit. The annual call-for-applications is posted on the grants website, which is advertised by Caltrans through various grant workshops for interested applicants. Grant applicants receive an award or non-award email notification in late spring/early summer. A list of award and non-awarded grants is posted to the Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program website.

Grant Budget: Federal funds, approximately $3 million total

Grant Minimum:$75,000 for rural RTPAs; $100,000 for MPOs

Grant Maximum:$500,000

Who May Apply:The following are eligible to apply as a primary applicant: MPOs and RTPAs

The following are eligible to apply as a sub-applicant: MPOs/RTPAs; Transit Agencies; Universities and Community Colleges; Native American Tribal Governments; Cities and Counties ; Community-Based Organizations; Non-Profit Organizations (501.C.3); Other Public Entities

Local Match:11.47% minimum (in cash or an in-kind* contribution). The entire minimum 11.47% local match may be in the form of an eligible in-kind contribution. Staff time from the primary applicant counts as cash match

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Only Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regional Transportation Planning Agencies may apply as primary grant recipients.  

Matching Funding Requirement:

The local match is actually 11.47% and is calculated as a percentage of the total project cost, which equals the grant amount plus the local match amount.

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.
Summer 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
approx. 27 months

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
See Notes Below
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.
1 – 10
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.
$100,000 – $500,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.

Available Funding Notes:

Exact funding amount is pending final FTA allocations for this year.

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.
  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

FTA Section 5304

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)

Funding Method Notes:

Funds will be awarded to MPOs/RTPAs and be administered through an existing Master Fund Transfer Agreement with Caltrans

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Grant Management Branch, 1-916-261-3326,