Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP) – Planning and Capacity Building

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Closed (20 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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STEP is a new transportation equity pilot that aims to address community residents’ transportation needs, increase access to key destinations, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by funding planning, clean transportation, and supporting projects.


STEP currently has up to $2 million available from Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 Low Carbon Transportation Investments to help disadvantaged and low-income communities identify residents’ transportation needs and prepare them to implement clean transportation and supporting projects.

Based on environmental justice principles, STEP funds projects that are priorities for historically under-served and over-burdened residents by requiring that projects center the knowledge and expertise of residents through all phases of project design, implementation, and evaluation. STEP has the flexibility to fund many different types of projects to ensure that STEP funds can help meet the needs of each community within that community’s context.

Awards will be selected competitively based on proposals submitted by August 31, 2020. Lead Applicants may include community-based organizations, federally recognized tribes, and local governments. This grant has no match requirement.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible Lead Applicants include community-based organizations, federally recognized tribes, and local governments. Refer to the STEP solicitation Appendix A for definitions of each applicant type.

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.
October 2020
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
4 years

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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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

Funding Source Notes:

AB 74, Ting. Budget Act of 2019. Low Carbon Transportation Investments is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars at work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

This solicitation is estimated to provide up to $2 million in FY 2019-2020 funds. CARB anticipates awards will be made to approximately ten disadvantaged and low-income communities. CARB may fund more or fewer than ten Planning and Capacity Building Grants, depending on the funding needs of the highest-ranking proposals that are submitted.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Bree Swenson, 1-916-440-8284,