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$360 million Available in Grant Funding for

By: Jennifer M. Capitolo, Ashley S. Walker

Nossaman's Public Policy Team has been actively engaged in the development of a new grant program, the Active Transportation Program (ATP), administered by the California Department of Transportation.  The program will provide $360 million in grant funding for projects that increase use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking.    

What is the Active Transportation Program?
On September 26, 2013, Governor Brown signed legislation creating the Active Transportation Program (ATP) in the Department of Transportation (Senate Bill 99, Chapter 359 and Assembly Bill 101, Chapter 354). The ATP consolidates existing federal and state transportation programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), and State Safe Routes to School (SR2S), into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation.

What is the goal of this program?
The goal of the program is to increase the number of bicycling and walking trips in California, improve safety and mobility, and help achieve greenhouse gas reductions.

Who implements this program?
California Department of Transportation.

Who is eligible to apply? 
California public agencies including cities, counties, transit agencies, schools, tribal governments and natural resources or public land agencies, including nonprofit organizations.

What are the maximum and minimum grant awards per project?
There is no maximum award limit and the minimum grant award is $200,000.

Is a match required?
Applicants must provide an 11.47% match. There are exceptions for disadvantaged communities.

When are proposals due?
Applications are due May 21, 2014.

How can I get started? 
Jennifer Capitolo and Ashley Setoudeh have been actively involved in the development of the program and guidelines.  They assist Nossaman clients in reviewing potential projects, preparing grant applications, and advocacy efforts to ensure competitiveness in the review process.  They have successfully secured more than $300 million in funding for clients during the past few years including transportation, housing, and parks projects.  Jennifer can be reached at or 916.930.7706 and Ashley can be reached at or  916.930.7780.

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