SANDAG offers $15 million in grants

REGION — To incentivize projects that promote smart growth, as well as increase walking, biking and transit usage, SANDAG is calling on local jurisdictions to submit applications for $15 million in competitive grants available under its TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program (SGIP) and TransNet Active Transportation Grant Program (ATGP).

Approximately $12 million in smart growth funds and $3 million in active transportation funds are available. Grant applications for both programs are due by 4 p.m. March 20, 2015.

SANDAG will hold a pre-proposal workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 8 in the SANDAG Board Room at 401 B St., 7th floor, San Diego. Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend.

The money for the grant programs comes from two sources: TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation approved by San Diego County voters, which sets aside 2 percent of annual revenues for each grant program; and funds distributed by the state under the California Transportation Development Act.

Only local cities and the county of San Diego can apply for the grant funds. Nonprofit and community-based organizations may collaborate to apply for funding in conjunction with the cities or the county, but cannot apply directly for the funds.

For details about the evaluation criteria for the current funding cycle, visit sandag.org/cycle3grants. To take an interactive tour of completed grant-funded projects for ideas on what would make a successful grant application, check out the story map at KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/grants.

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