ATP Grantwriting Assistance Available in LA

LA n SyncInvesting in Place and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) have partnered to help the Los Angeles region support competitive proposals for the California Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 2, the state’s largest dedicated source of funding for safe routes to school and other walking and bicycling projects.

LA n Sync, Investing in Place and LACBC are coming together to make sure Los Angeles County submits competitive and innovative projects for this funding opportunity, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged communities. LA n Sync will provide grant writing and other technical assistance, help strategize and identify financial assistance (such as local match for projects), and make connections between potential applicants that would be more competitive as partners. Agencies seeking support from LA n Sync need to apply by March 18th.

Details on this exciting partnership and a link to the online application can be found at http://bit.ly/1aqv8lK.

The following entities are eligible for support:

  • Local, Regional, or State Agencies (i.e. cities, counties, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Planning Agencies, Natural Resource or Public Land Agencies, Public Health Departments
  • Transit Agencies
  • Public Schools or School Districts
  • Community-based organizations, if in partnership with one of the above eligible applicants

Please contact Eric Bruins at eric@la-bike.org or (213) 629-2142, ext. 127, or Jessica Meaney at jessica@investinginplace.org or (213) 210-8136 with any additional questions or applying for assistance from LA n Sync.

Sign the petition to increase funding for the Active Transportation Program

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California has a tremendous opportunity to achieve climate goals and create healthy active communities by fulfilling the promise to increase funding for the Active Transportation Program (ATP). Nearly $800 million in shovel-ready walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School projects and programs were left unfunded in ATP Cycle 1. 

Sign on now in support of a larger, stronger and more effective ATP:

1. Increase the Active Transportation Program by $100 million.
2. Integrate and incentivize green infrastructure as well as access to parks and open space with active transportation projects to maximize climate and health benefits.
3. Ensure meaningful benefits to disadvantaged communities through ATP projects.

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to sign on. Deadline is March 12, 2015.

New Members Join the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) started a new four-year term this MTC Logoweek, and added three new members while renewing the terms of the remainder of the 21 commissioners.

The new members are newly elected Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who has assumed the slot on the Commission assigned to an appointee of the mayor of Oakland; Jason Baker, a councilmember from the city of Campbell who is representing the cities of Santa Clara County on the Commission; and Julie Pierce, a councilmember from the city of Clayton who is representing the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) on MTC.

More information can be found here.

 

AHSC Grant Program technical assistance workshop update

Due to the level of interest in the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has created additional opportunities for potential applicants to learn about the process to apply for funds.

A recording of the Stockton workshop held on Tuesday, February 10, will be posted to the SGC website.

The Oakland workshop, which will be held this morning, Thursday, February 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 am will be live audiocast. To join via live audiocast the day of the workshop, please click here: http://www.mtc.ca.gov/meetings/schedule/. Please note that the Oakland workshop is currently at capacity for in-person attendance with a waiting list for entry. SGC will be implementing its two person per organization limit. The day of the workshop, the first two people who sign in will be allowed in.

Due to being at capacity in Oakland, we encourage attendees to consider joining via live audiocast or viewing the recording of the Stockton workshop.

HSIP funding webinar Feb 26

SRTSNP crosswalk familyCaltrans is hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 26 to help local agencies prepare for the upcoming Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) call for projects later this spring.  HSIP is a great potential source of funding for Safe Routes to School, walk, and bike projects, and approximately $150 million will be available this funding cycle. Non-infrastructure program elements are also eligible for HSIP in conjunction with infrastructure improvements.

The call for HSIP projects is planned for April 2015, and we encourage partners to attend this webinar and start preparing to apply early!  The webinar is co-organized with Federal Highways, UC Berkeley SafeTREC, and Nevada County.

When:  Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Webinar log in:  https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/cahsip/
Log in as ‘Guest’
Audio: 1‐888‐684‐8852, Access code: 3336319

More details can be found in this flyer and on the Caltrans HSIP website. We will keep you posted on information and dates on for the HSIP call for projects as it gets closer.

MTC Releases Regional ATP Cycle 2 Draft Guidelines

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) today released the staff recommendations for draft guidelines for the 2015 Cycle 2 Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program (ATP). MTC Logo

Forty percent of the state ATP funding will be awarded by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urban areas with populations more than 200,000. Twenty-five percent of funding is to benefit disadvantaged communities. MTC’s share of the ATP funding for 2014 was about $30 million. The amount for this year will be determined through the state budget process.

The draft guidelines build off of last years’. Changes include awarding additional points if the jurisdiction of a project sponsor has passed a Complete Streets policy, or if the project is consistent with countywide goals as determined by the Congestion Management Agency.

MTC’s regional ATP call for projects this year will match the state’s to avoid any confusion between the two processes. The call for projects will be March 26, with a due date of June 1, 2015.

The MTC Programming and Allocations Committee will review the draft guidelines at its Feb 11 meeting. The full Commission will then finalize the guidelines at its meeting on Feb 25.

 

Call for applications released for AHSC grant program

UCD West Village Family KAREN HIGGINS UC DAVISThe Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Strategic Growth Council on Friday announced the release of the 2014/15 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of approximately $120 million for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/ahsc/docs/AHSC-NOFA-013015.pdf.

AHSC grants are available for projects that integrate walking and bicycling improvements with affordable housing developments and transit connectivity, based on competitive criteria outlined in the program guidelines. Requirements for housing and transit project components vary based on the frequency of transit in the project vicinity and by the density of the community.  The primary criteria for project selection is reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Concept proposals for AHSC projects are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 19, 2015. Concept proposal application and instructions will be available on HCD’s website by close of business Monday, February 2, 2015. Questions may be directed to AHSC@hcd.ca.gov.

Technical assistance workshops for those interested in applying will be held around the state during the next two weeks. Click here for more details on the workshops and to register.

Technical assistance workshop locations:
SAN DIEGO Wednesday, February 4
SAN BERNARDINO Thursday, February 5
LOS ANGELES Friday, February 6
BAKERSFIELD Monday, February 9
STOCKTON Tuesday, February 10
OAKLAND Wednesday, February 11

ATP update – Cycle 2 coming soon!

atp-webBanner-600x300It’s that time again!  Get your Safe Routes to School, walking, and bicycling projects ready – the 2015 grant cycle of the Active Transportation Program is just two short months away.  The call for projects is scheduled for March 26, with an application deadline of May 31. According to Caltrans, another $360 million will be available in Cycle 2 for ATP projects.  

We previously blogged about concerns that the ATP funding was decreasing in the 2015-16 state budget relative to the last two years.  While the amount in the 2015-16 budget appropriation is lower than the original ATP funding amount by about $5 million, Caltrans and the State Transportation Agency have pledged that the funding amount that will be available for grants will stay level at $120 million per year.  We understand this is confusing (we are confused too!), and we are working to get more clarity on why the appropriation appears lower.  Stay tuned for more on our push to increase funding for the ATP…

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Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference, Oakland

 

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Joseph P. Bort Metrocenter, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland (near the Lake Merritt BART station)STA_YESposter_FINAL_web_1031_11

Join students from around the San Francisco Bay Area to discuss transportation issues, learn how their decisions can impact climate change, and share ways of encouraging others to walk, bike, take transit, or carpool to school.

Free shuttles from the North Bay and the South Bay will be available for students without easy access to public transit.

Register to attend

 

 

California Transportation Choices Summit 2015: Year of Action

Be a part of the movement to create a greener, more equitable future in 2015: come to the California Transportation Choices Summit and Advocacy Day on April 27-28 in Sacramento. Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, TransForm and many others for a day of learning, connecting, and strategizing. Hear from inspiring keynote Manuel Pastor. Meet diverse leaders, planners, and community activists from around the state. Relax and plan with newfound allies at sunset along the Sacramento River. Register now. Sliding scale pricing and travel grants available; apply today.

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