Grants are funds that do not need to be paid back and are typically provided by a higher level of government to a lower level (e.g., from the federal government to states or localities; from states to local governments) or by a philanthropic entity. The federal government, the State of California, and each region’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO) provide a wide range of grants and formula funding programs that are relevant for TOD/infill infrastructure needs, including for transportation, community and economic development, clean air and water, brownfield cleanup, parks and open space, and local and regional planning. Because grant programs are typically competitive, grant funds are an unpredictable funding source.

Regional Funding Sources
  • Many state and federal transportation funds are allocated through California’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs). To find your regional transportation agencies, check here:
  • California’s local air districts may offer grants for transportation and other projects that improve air quality. To find your local air district, check here: