Other Funding Opportunities

The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is making every effort to share information on external funding opportunities. Check out available grants and funding, deadlines, and more details below.

Regional Climate Collaboratives Program (State Funding)

Deadline: October 7, 2022 | Learn more and apply

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) invites applications for Round 1 of the Regional Climate Collaboratives Program (RCC). This new capacity building grant program funds community-rooted and cross-sectoral partners to develop the processes, plans, and projects that will drive and sustain climate action in their communities. In this first round, SGC has $8.35 million available for grant awards, and applicants have flexibility in requesting their funding amount within the range of $500,000-$1750,000.

Multiple partners will form a collaborative and submit a single application based on a shared vision. Eligible applicants for RCC include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • California Native American Tribes
  • Community-based organizations
  • Foundations
  • Joint-powers authorities
  • Local governments 
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Small businesses
  • Other organizations with a history of community-based outreach and technical assistance

The RCC has a two-phase application process. Pre-proposals were due on July 15, 2022 and full applications are due on October 7, 2022. Applicants that did not submit a pre-proposal are still able to submit a full application by the October deadline.

Deadline extended! New deadline: October 11, 2022 | Learn more and apply

The Railroad Crossing Elimination Program is one of several funding opportunities supported by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to improve the safety of rail infrastructure across the country. The Railroad Crossing Elimination Program will fund projects that create grade separations – such as overpasses and underpasses – as well as closures, track relocations, and improvement or installation of warning devices at crossings if related to a separation or relocation project. Planning, environmental review, and other preliminary design elements are also eligible for grant funding.  

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will evaluate project proposals based on their potential to improve safety by eliminating crossings or improving existing highway-rail grade crossings; increase access to emergency services; reduce emissions; provide economic benefit; and hire locally, among other possible community enhancements. FRA will not award grants for less than $1,000,000, except for a planning project, but no more than 20% of the grant funds available ($114,652,800) will be awarded for projects in any single State.  Total funding available this year is $573,264,000. 

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is spearheading a Bay Area Infrastructure Grants strategy to maximize the Bay Area’s share of these new federal resources, and ensure that new federal funds can meaningfully advance the goals of Plan Bay Area 2050.  This coordinated regional strategy aims to maximize our share of grant funds, including the Railroad Crossing Elimination Program, by prioritizing a short list of regionally significant projects.  The TA will only provide letters of support for projects identified by MTC.  The TA strongly recommends jurisdictions whose projects are not currently included on the regional priority list to work with the MTC and the TA to ensure your projects are considered as part of future updates to the regional priority list.  

Deadline: October 13, 2022 | Learn more and apply

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the new Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) discretionary grant program, funded with $1 billion over the next 5 years.

It is the first-ever program to help reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure. Funding supports planning grants and capital construction grants, as well as technical assistance, to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities.

Eligible applicants for the Reconnecting Communities competitive grant pilot program include: 

  • States 
  • Local and Tribal governments 
  • Metropolitan planning organizations 
  • Nonprofit organizations 
  • Other transportation facility owners 

Preference will be given to applications from economically disadvantaged communities, especially those with projects that are focused on equity and environmental justice, have strong community engagement and stewardship, and a commitment to shared prosperity and equitable development.

Anticipated Open Date: November 7, 2022 | Learn more and apply

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), through the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP), received $25 million to fund the Adaptation Planning Grant Program (APGP) through the State’s 2021-2022 Budget, which funded ambitious measures to build climate adaptation and resilience through planning, research, capacity building, restoration, and sustainable infrastructure. 

The key priorities of ICARP’s APGP are the following:

  • Help communities plan for and respond to multiple climate risks by supporting an all-risk approach to adaptation planning. These grants allow communities to conduct integrated planning activities. As California experiences accelerated impacts of climate change, many communities are faced with planning for and responding to cascading and compound impacts (e.g., flooding and landslides following wildfires, or riverine flood and sea level rise).
  • Support equitable outcomes and wide geographic and economic diversity in applicants.
  • Support much-needed integrated infrastructure planning to achieve community resilience. The program provides flexible funding to meet multi-sector/issue planning needs that intersect with climate risks, including but not limited to land use, transportation, housing, natural resource management, public infrastructure, and hazard mitigation issues.
  • Build community planning and capacity by supporting peer-to-peer learning, information sharing, and publishing replicable case studies in the State Adaptation Clearinghouse. 

Cities, counties, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs), Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs), and Councils of Governments (COGs) are eligible to apply. Public entities may also include California institutions of higher education, districts, public authorities, California Native American Tribes, Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities (DUCs) are encouraged to apply. Community-Based Organizations are also eligible.