Grant Programs

Grant Programs

RTC Funding Opportunities

2019 Regional Transportation Funds – Public Hearing 12/5

The RTC is responsible for selecting projects to receive certain state, federal, and regional funds. The RTC held a public hearing and approved projects to receive available RSTPX, STIP, and HIP funds at its December 5, 2019 Meeting. Members of the community were encouraged to check out the staff report, attend the meeting, and/or submit any written comments by 12:00 noon on December 4. The RTC’s Bicycle Committee, E&DTAC, and ITAC reviewed and concurred with staff recommendations for these funds at their November 2019 meetings.

Approved Projects: Additional information about projects recommended for funds is here.


At its September 5, 2019 meeting, the RTC approved the process for programming regional shares of certain state and federal funds this year.

  • Surface Transportation Block Grant Program/Regional Surface Transportation Program Exchange (STBG/RSTPX):
    • Approximately $10 million to cities and county on a population formula basis, with a minimum of 5% to each city. Cities of Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, and the County of Santa Cruz submitted proposals for these funds to the RTC.
    • $200,000 for Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (METRO)  projects.
    • $350,000 available to non-city/county through a competitive process (additional information below)
  • State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), Local Partnership Program-formula (LPP-f), Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP): RTC indicated its intent to program funds to Hwy 1 Auxiliary Lanes/Bus on Shoulders and the Chanticleer Bike and Pedestrian Overcrossing regional projects.

2019 Call for Projects Up to $350,000 RSTPX Available

RTC staff is currently reviewing applications for up to $350,000 in RSTPX funds made a available for non-city, non-County of Santa Cruz, non-METRO projects. Applications were due October 21, 2019. The RTC is expected to consider public input on projects proposed for these funds in early 2020.

Other Funds

In addition to funds listed above, at its September 5, 2019 meeting, the RTC approved the process for programming regional shares of other funds described below.

  • State Transit Assistance (STA): Programming $100,000 per year to Lift Line and balance to METRO for FY19/20 – FY21/22 (approximately $2.6 million/year) The RTC approved revised Lift Line and METRO claims for FY19/20 TDA-STA funds at its December 5, 2019 meeting.
  • SB1 State of Good Repair: Program 100% to METRO for FY19/20 – FY21/22 (approximately $374,000/year). The RTC approved METRO projects for FY19/20 funds at its September 5, 2019 meeting.
  • Measure D Highway Transportation Demand Management (TDM) funds: The RTC approved staff and workgroup recommendations to use $100,000 for marketing and outreach aimed at reducing vehicle miles traveled at its December 5, 2019 meeting.

Past Funding Programs

For information on past funding cycles, please visit the RTC’s Approved Projects webpage.

Other Transportation Funding Programs

Note: California State websites are undergoing significant upgrades in 2019.

RTC Contact

Rachel Moriconi
Senior Transportation Planner
(831) 460-3200