2018 Call for Applications

The Southern California Association of Governments recently completed the Call for Applications for the  2018 Sustainable Communities Program. For many years, SCAG has provided technical assistance and resources at no cost to local jurisdictions that support local planning and implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) under the banner of the Compass Blueprint Program and later the Sustainability Planning Grant program. The program recognizes sustainable solutions to local growth challenges and has resulted in local plans that promote sustainability through the integration of transportation and land use. 

To date, SCAG has awarded approximately $22.3 million in total funding to complete 203 local sustainability and active transportation planning projects. A complete overview of all projects can be found here.

SCAG's Regional Council recommended project awards at its meeting on March 7, 2019. The list of approved projects and projects that were not approved can be found below:

SCP Approved Project List.pdfSCP Approved Project List.pdf

SCP Not Approved Project List.pdfSCP Not Approved Project List.pdf

The goals of the 2018 Sustainable Communities Program are as follows:

  • Provide needed planning resources to local jurisdictions for sustainability planning efforts;
  • Develop local plans that support the implementation of the 2016 RTP/SCS; and
  • Increase the region’s competitiveness for federal and state funds, including but not limited to the California Active Transportation Program and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds.

A significant portion of the funds for the Program are available through SB1 - the Road Repair and Accountability Act. 

Applicants can apply for any of the nine project types below within the three project areas – Active Transportation, Integrated Land Use, and Green Region Initiative. More details about each project type and the program overall can be found in the Sustainable Communities Program Guidelines.

SCAG held an application workshop/webinar on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Materials from the workshop can be found at the end of this page.  

Each Project Type has a separate application, and these can be found below. 

Active Transportation Project Types:

  • Community-Wide & Area Plans: Support for the implementation of the transit integration and short trip strategies as outlined in the RTP/SCS. 
  • Regional Corridors Plans: Coordination and collaboration with neighboring jurisdictions and/or county transportation commissions and SCAG on regional corridor plans. 
  • Infrastructure Demonstration Projects (Quick-Build): Opportunities for jurisdictions to test new infrastructure designs (i.e. protected bike lanes, scramble cross-walk, cycle track) and collect community feedback prior to installing permanent infrastructure.
  • Safety Strategic Plan: Protecting pedestrians and bicyclists with an aim to reduce vehicle collisions. 

Integrated Land Use Project Types:

  • SB 743 Implementation Assistance: Support for agencies to establish vehicle miles travelled (VMT) baselines and thresholds for compliance with SB 743.
  • Parking Pricing, Reduction, and Management Strategies: Providing critical parking and land use related analysis to support revitalization, traffic reduction, and maximization of transit infrastructure.
  • Livable Corridor & Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Planning: Planning efforts along corridors with frequent bus service to develop corridor vision plans including land use and redevelopment strategies.

Green Region Initiative Project Types:

  • Heat Island Reduction with Urban Greening and Cool Streets: Strategies for shaded pathways to/from transit; first/last mile investments; increased resiliency to warming urban air temperatures through trees and landscaping, reduced impervious surfaces, and cool street surface treatments.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Planning: Identifying potential locations for electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) to encourage the installation of more charging infrastructure

Application Materials

The materials below must also be submitted with the Application. Applications should be emailed to scp@scag.ca.gov by the application deadline. 

The application deadline has been extended to December 14, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. 

Application Resources:

Webinar Materials

The Sustainable Communities Program schedule can be found below:


Call for Applications Opens   September 10, 2018
Application Workshop   October 2, 2018
Sustainable Communities Program Call for Applications Deadline   Extended to December 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Proposal Review and Scoring   November 2018 – January 2019
SCAG Regional Council Approval of 2018 Sustainable Communities Program Application Rankings   March 7, 2019
California Transportation Commission approval of ATP projects   June 2019
Projects Begin   Fiscal Year 2019-2020

For questions regarding the Sustainable Communities Program, please email Caitlin Sims at sims@scag.ca.gov.