Transit-Oriented Communities Grant Program

The Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is releasing the Transit-Oriented Communities Grant to seek proposals from Santa Clara municipalities, jurisdictions, arts, cultural, education, nonprofit, and other community organizations to support VTA’s vision of equitable Transit-Oriented Communities. 

The goal is to grow innovative and robust partnerships between VTA and local public agencies, nonprofit, community organizations, and other diverse stakeholders to strengthen communities, increase transit ridership, reduce the need for car trips, and support intensive mixed-use, mixed-income development around light rail stations and transit hubs. Selected projects will be collaborative across community and/or local government partners and remove barriers to creating safe, walkable, healthy, resilient, and thriving neighborhoods next to transit. 

VTA will fund $750,000 in total to eligible applicants. Through a competitive process, 14-20 projects are expected to be selected to receive up to approximately $15,000 to $175,000. Selected projects are planned to commence between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.

2024 Transit-Oriented Communities Grant Application

Applicants are encouraged to download application materials and apply for the 2024 Transit-Oriented Communities Grant on VTA’s e-procurement portal

Download the 2024 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Package for VTA’s Transit-Oriented Communities Grant. The NOFA Package contains the following documents: Notice of Funding Availability, Attachment A: Grant Application Resources, Attachment B: Grant Application Form, Attachment C: Evaluation Criteria.

View the tutorials on how to translate web pages through Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Tagalog to assist in applying for a VTA Transit-Oriented Communities Grant through our e-procurement portal.

Pre-Application Workshop

At each workshop, staff will review the guidelines and demonstrate the online application system, OpenGov. Additional information sessions to address application questions will be held.

Applicants are required to attend a pre-application workshop or review a recorded workshop before applying.

Pre-Application Workshop Dates
In-Person Online

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Register: TOC-Grant-April-17.eventbrite.com

VTA Customer Service Center

2 North Market Street

San Jose, CA 95113

Thursday, April 25, 2024

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Register: TOC-Grant-April-25.eventbrite.com 

Zoom: zoom.us/join

Webinar ID: 823 2106 8646

Passcode: 486619

1-669-900-9128

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Register: TOC-Grant-April-30.eventbrite.com 

Gilroy Library

350 W. Sixth Street

Gilroy, CA 95020 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Register: TOC-Grant-May-1.eventbrite.com

Zoom: zoom.us/join

Webinar ID: 822 4698 7924 

Passcode: 802206 

1-669-900-9128

Questions

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Email questions to tocgrant@vta.org.

Grant Eligibility

Check if the location of your project is eligible for the grant. Funding is limited to projects within one-half mile of existing and planned VTA light rail stations, VTA transit centers and commuter rail stations served by Caltrain, ACE, and/or Capitol Corridor within Santa Clara County.

Eligibility Map

 

Grant Program Areas

TOC Grant Program Areas Graphic
Planning and Policy Implementation
jurisdiction planning graphic

Advancing adoption and implementation of policies, plans and regulations to enable equitable Transit-Oriented Communities 

Examples of Eligible Activities:

  • Undertaking Station area plans leading to adoption
  • Transit access planning and evaluation of mobility needs
  • Equitable development and implementation plans
  • Technical assistance and support for local agency staff to advance alignment with Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Transit-Oriented Communities Policy

Anticipated Maximum Grant Award per Application: ± $175,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 2 to 3 local agencies

Community Resilience
CBO support image

Supporting community organizations in playing greater roles in implementing equitable transit-oriented communities 

Examples of Eligible Activities:

  • Implementation of anti-displacement efforts, including activities that advance acquiring, rehabilitating or preserving affordable housing, and housing preservation pilot projects
  • Small business and commercial preservation and support
  • Technical assistance and support for planning, development and implementation of equitable transit-oriented communities
  • Programs that encourage and facilitate use of transit and other active transportation modes

Anticipated Maximum Grant Award per Application: ± $100,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 2 to 3 community organizations

Education and Engagement
education and engagement image

Increasing community leadership and participation to adopt and implement Transit-Oriented Communities policies, plans and regulations, and increasing support for equitable, culturally relevant engagement practices

Examples of Eligible Activities:

  • Advocacy campaigns for Transit-Oriented Communities-supportive policies and investments 
  • Community-based capacity building through the use of Promotores(as) 
  • Translation and interpretation services
  • Food and childcare at community meetings

Anticipated Maximum Grant Award per Application: ± $27,500
Anticipated Number of Awards: 4-5 applications

Placemaking, Arts, and Activation
placemaking image

Improving the transit rider and community experience through publicly accessible arts and culture projects right next to transit stations/stops that reinforce local culture, history or value, and/or community beautification that enhances the safety and accessibility of transit

Examples of Eligible Activities:

  • Place-based arts and culture projects within the public realm that enhance station areas and community culture and identity, such as murals and public art adjacent to transit
  • Universal/inclusive signage design 
  • Projects that improve access in transit station area with a focus on pedestrian experience, such as crossing guards, park/trail clean-ups, graffiti-removal
  • Festival-style events, such as outdoor street festivals or performances

Anticipated Maximum Grant Award per Application: ± $15,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 6 to 8 applications

Application Requirements

For All Applicants 
  • Name 
  • Contact information
  • Organization
Project
  • Title of project
  • Location in relation to existing and planned VTA light rail stations, VTA transit centers and commuter rail stations served by Caltrain, ACE, and/or Capitol Corridor within Santa Clara County
  • Grant Program Area (A, B, C, D)
  • Staffing Plan and summary of staff experience (200 words)
  • Milestones Schedule
  • Budget
  • Description of partners collaborating and their roles on the proposal
  • Equity, Transit and Geography elements
Additional Requirements for Local Agencies
  • Funding match (jurisdictions only)
  • List of adopted and/or proposed TOC-supportive land use designations and policies
Additional Requirements for CBOs 
  • Non-profit status
  • Years serving Santa Clara County (minimum one year)
Narrative
  • Description of project and its connection to the Transit-Oriented Communities Grant Goals and Equity Mission Statement (500 words)
  • Identification of community the project will serve. Current relationship or engagement with the community to date (500 words)
  • Explanation of project outcomes for the application’s Program Area that meet TOC Grant Goals (500 words)
Project Outcomes that meet TOC Grant Goals (see Notice of Funding Availability for complete list) 
  • Increase Transit-Oriented Community activities within ½ mile of transit 
  • Improves accessibility to transit stops
  • Improves first/last mile connections
  • Addresses a community challenge and produces an equitable outcome
  • Strengthens community identity and inclusivity
  • Increases community support for transit-oriented community investments
  • Advances alignment with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) Transit-Oriented Policy requirements
  • Other, to be specified by applicant
Grant Timeline and Deadlines 

Engagement with community and stakeholders

December 2023–March 2024 

Present to VTA Committees  

February–March 2024 

Information provided to VTA Board of Directors 

March 7, 2024

Release Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) 

April 1, 2024 

In-Person Pre-Submission Conferences and Information Sessions April 17, 2024
April 30, 2024

Online Pre-Submission Conferences and Information Sessions

April 25, 2024
May 1, 2024

Applications Deadline 

May 22, 2024 

Publish Award Recommendations 

June 10, 2024 

Deadline to Submit Appeals 

June 13, 2024 

Notification of Awards 

Late June 2024 

The Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is releasing the Transit-Oriented Communities Grant to seek proposals from Santa Clara municipalities, jurisdictions, arts, cultural, education, nonprofit, and other community organizations to support VTA’s vision of equitable Transit-Oriented Communities. 

The goal is to grow innovative and robust partnerships between VTA and local public agencies, nonprofit, community organizations, and other diverse stakeholders to strengthen communities, increase transit ridership, reduce the need for car trips, and support intensive mixed-use, mixed-income development around light rail stations and transit hubs. Selected projects will be collaborative across community and/or local government partners and remove barriers to creating safe, walkable, healthy, resilient, and thriving neighborhoods next to transit. 

VTA will fund $750,000 in total to eligible applicants. Through a competitive process, 14-20 projects are expected to be selected to receive up to approximately $15,000 to $175,000. Selected projects are planned to commence between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.

2024 Transit-Oriented Communities Grant Application

Applicants are encouraged to download application materials and apply for the 2024 Transit-Oriented Communities Grant on VTA’s e-procurement portal

Download the 2024 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Package for VTA’s Transit-Oriented Communities Grant. The NOFA Package contains the following documents: Notice of Funding Availability, Attachment A: Grant Application Resources, Attachment B: Grant Application Form, Attachment C: Evaluation Criteria.

View the tutorials on how to translate web pages through Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Tagalog to assist in applying for a VTA Transit-Oriented Communities Grant through our e-procurement portal.

Pre-Application Workshop

At each workshop, staff will review the guidelines and demonstrate the online application system, OpenGov. Additional information sessions to address application questions will be held.

Applicants are required to attend a pre-application workshop or review a recorded workshop before applying.

Pre-Application Workshop Dates
In-Person Online

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Register: TOC-Grant-April-17.eventbrite.com

VTA Customer Service Center

2 North Market Street

San Jose, CA 95113

Thursday, April 25, 2024

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Register: TOC-Grant-April-25.eventbrite.com 

Zoom: zoom.us/join

Webinar ID: 823 2106 8646

Passcode: 486619

1-669-900-9128

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Register: TOC-Grant-April-30.eventbrite.com 

Gilroy Library

350 W. Sixth Street

Gilroy, CA 95020 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Register: TOC-Grant-May-1.eventbrite.com

Zoom: zoom.us/join

Webinar ID: 822 4698 7924 

Passcode: 802206 

1-669-900-9128

Questions

map icon

Email questions to tocgrant@vta.org.

Grant Eligibility

Check if the location of your project is eligible for the grant. Funding is limited to projects within one-half mile of existing and planned VTA light rail stations, VTA transit centers and commuter rail stations served by Caltrain, ACE, and/or Capitol Corridor within Santa Clara County.

Eligibility Map

 

Grant Program Areas

TOC Grant Program Areas Graphic
Planning and Policy Implementation
jurisdiction planning graphic

Advancing adoption and implementation of policies, plans and regulations to enable equitable Transit-Oriented Communities 

Examples of Eligible Activities:

  • Undertaking Station area plans leading to adoption
  • Transit access planning and evaluation of mobility needs
  • Equitable development and implementation plans
  • Technical assistance and support for local agency staff to advance alignment with Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Transit-Oriented Communities Policy

Anticipated Maximum Grant Award per Application: ± $175,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 2 to 3 local agencies

Community Resilience
CBO support image

Supporting community organizations in playing greater roles in implementing equitable transit-oriented communities 

Examples of Eligible Activities:

  • Implementation of anti-displacement efforts, including activities that advance acquiring, rehabilitating or preserving affordable housing, and housing preservation pilot projects
  • Small business and commercial preservation and support
  • Technical assistance and support for planning, development and implementation of equitable transit-oriented communities
  • Programs that encourage and facilitate use of transit and other active transportation modes

Anticipated Maximum Grant Award per Application: ± $100,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 2 to 3 community organizations

Education and Engagement
education and engagement image

Increasing community leadership and participation to adopt and implement Transit-Oriented Communities policies, plans and regulations, and increasing support for equitable, culturally relevant engagement practices

Examples of Eligible Activities:

  • Advocacy campaigns for Transit-Oriented Communities-supportive policies and investments 
  • Community-based capacity building through the use of Promotores(as) 
  • Translation and interpretation services
  • Food and childcare at community meetings

Anticipated Maximum Grant Award per Application: ± $27,500
Anticipated Number of Awards: 4-5 applications

Placemaking, Arts, and Activation
placemaking image

Improving the transit rider and community experience through publicly accessible arts and culture projects right next to transit stations/stops that reinforce local culture, history or value, and/or community beautification that enhances the safety and accessibility of transit

Examples of Eligible Activities:

  • Place-based arts and culture projects within the public realm that enhance station areas and community culture and identity, such as murals and public art adjacent to transit
  • Universal/inclusive signage design 
  • Projects that improve access in transit station area with a focus on pedestrian experience, such as crossing guards, park/trail clean-ups, graffiti-removal
  • Festival-style events, such as outdoor street festivals or performances

Anticipated Maximum Grant Award per Application: ± $15,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 6 to 8 applications

Application Requirements

For All Applicants 
  • Name 
  • Contact information
  • Organization
Project
  • Title of project
  • Location in relation to existing and planned VTA light rail stations, VTA transit centers and commuter rail stations served by Caltrain, ACE, and/or Capitol Corridor within Santa Clara County
  • Grant Program Area (A, B, C, D)
  • Staffing Plan and summary of staff experience (200 words)
  • Milestones Schedule
  • Budget
  • Description of partners collaborating and their roles on the proposal
  • Equity, Transit and Geography elements
Additional Requirements for Local Agencies
  • Funding match (jurisdictions only)
  • List of adopted and/or proposed TOC-supportive land use designations and policies
Additional Requirements for CBOs 
  • Non-profit status
  • Years serving Santa Clara County (minimum one year)
Narrative
  • Description of project and its connection to the Transit-Oriented Communities Grant Goals and Equity Mission Statement (500 words)
  • Identification of community the project will serve. Current relationship or engagement with the community to date (500 words)
  • Explanation of project outcomes for the application’s Program Area that meet TOC Grant Goals (500 words)
Project Outcomes that meet TOC Grant Goals (see Notice of Funding Availability for complete list) 
  • Increase Transit-Oriented Community activities within ½ mile of transit 
  • Improves accessibility to transit stops
  • Improves first/last mile connections
  • Addresses a community challenge and produces an equitable outcome
  • Strengthens community identity and inclusivity
  • Increases community support for transit-oriented community investments
  • Advances alignment with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) Transit-Oriented Policy requirements
  • Other, to be specified by applicant
Grant Timeline and Deadlines 

Engagement with community and stakeholders

December 2023–March 2024 

Present to VTA Committees  

February–March 2024 

Information provided to VTA Board of Directors 

March 7, 2024

Release Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) 

April 1, 2024 

In-Person Pre-Submission Conferences and Information Sessions April 17, 2024
April 30, 2024

Online Pre-Submission Conferences and Information Sessions

April 25, 2024
May 1, 2024

Applications Deadline 

May 22, 2024 

Publish Award Recommendations 

June 10, 2024 

Deadline to Submit Appeals 

June 13, 2024 

Notification of Awards 

Late June 2024 

View Grant Application

Apply for a VTA Transit-Oriented Communities Grant through our e-procurement portal. 

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Upcoming Meetings

Date:
04/25/2024 11:30 AM - 04/25/2024 12:30 PM
Date:
04/30/2024 1:30 PM - 04/30/2024 2:30 PM
Gilroy Library
350 W. Sixth Street
Community Room
Gilroy
California
95020
Date:
05/01/2024 1:00 PM - 05/01/2024 2:00 PM