Applying for ATP funds

Cycle I Regional Funding Competition Deadlines

  • SANDAG/San Diego  – June 13
  • StanCOG/Stanislaus County – July 18
  • SJCOG/San Joaquin  – July 21
  • MTC/Bay Area – July 24
  • SACOG/Sacramento – July 29
  • FCOG/Fresno – TBD
    • Because Fresno COG is using different project selection criteria, weighting, minimum project size and a match requirement for its regional competitive ATP selection process than the state, FCOG must obtain CTC approval prior to administering a regional call for projects. These guidelines will considered for approval at the June CTC meeting in Sacramento.
  • TCAG/Tulare – TBD
    • We are waiting to hear what action Tulare is taking. Check back on our blog or Facebook for updates.
    • Statewide applications in this region will be considered for regional funding.

 Eligible Groups

  • Local, Regional, or State Agencies; i.e cities, counties, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Transportation Planning Agencies, Natural Resource or Public Land Agencies
  • Transit Agencies
  • Public schools or School districts
  • Tribal Governments: Federally-recognized Native American Tribes
  • Private nonprofit tax-exempt organizations may apply for Recreational Trail Projects and Parks Projects

Statewide Competition vs. Regions

In Cycle I (Spring 2014) ATP grants were competitively awarded based on the scoring criteria above. The ATP was divided into three competitive funding opportunities – a statewide competition for all communities, which chose projects first; a competition for only small cities and rural regions, and a competition for large urban regions.

  • Statewide competition – 50% of funding went to projects in any size community to be competitively awarded by the California Transportation Commission on a statewide basis. At least 25% required to benefit disadvantaged communities. At least 40% required to be awarded to Safe Routes to School projects.
  • Small Urban and Rural Regions – 10% of funding went to small urban and rural areas with populations of 200,000 or less. At least 25% required to benefit disadvantaged communities.
  • Large Urban Regions – 40% of ATP funding went to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urban areas with populations more than 200,000. At least 25% required to benefit disadvantaged communities.

The deadline for applications to the large urban competitions will depend on the region that your community resides in. Contact your local MPO for more information.

Cycle I Funding Minimums/Maximums

  • The minimum funding request per project for ATP is $250,000. This minimum does not apply to non-infrastructure projects, Safe Routes to Schools projects, and Recreational Trails projects.
  • All projects, except for projects in disadvantaged communities, Safe Routes to School projects, and stand-alone non-infrastructure projects, must include 11.47% in matching funds from any combination of local, state, or federal funds.

Important Dates

  • March 21, 2014: Call for project applications released
  • May 21, 2014: Deadline for project applications to Commission
  • June/July: MPOs in certain large urban regions will open calls for projects
  • August 20, 2014: California Transportation Commission will announce awards for the Statewide Competition and Small Urban/Rural Competition.
  • November 2014: MPOs will announce awards for large urban regions.

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