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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects

Cycle 4 Call for Projects – TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program and Active Transportation Grant Program

On December 15, 2017, the SANDAG Board of Directors released the call for projects for the Smart Growth Incentive Program (SGIP) and Active Transportation Grant Program (ATGP) to distribute $27 million in SGIP funds and $3.6 million in ATGP funds. Funds are also available through the SGIP for jurisdictions to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) and Complete Streets Policy if they do not currently have these documents adopted.

The call for projects is open for a 90-day period. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Only local jurisdictions in the San Diego region (the 18 cities and the County of San Diego) are eligible to apply for grant funds under these programs. Non-profit and community based organizations may collaborate with cities or the County of San Diego on grant projects, but cannot apply directly for these funds.

Electronic Submittal Portal – NOW OPEN

The electronic submittal period, which is from March 1 to March 15, 2018, is now open. Jurisdictions wishing to submit applications should visit Applicants will then be asked to provide their contact information. After entering this information, applicants will be taken to a web page that will allow them to begin uploading all relevant documents, including the Fillable PDF Application Form, as well as all required and optional attachments. A summary of all uploaded documents will appear as applicants upload their files. Applicants will be able to delete and replace attachments as necessary. Applicants will be able to save their work and revisit their uploads at a later date, or press on a button to submit their final application. Once applicants click on the button to submit their final application, changes will no longer be accepted. Applicants can enter as many applications as they choose, and the process will be the same for all applications and grant types.

In order to make the submittal process as easy as possible, applicants are encouraged to finalize and organize all of their documents before they log on to the electronic submittal portal to upload them. Note: Only the person uploading the application will be able to access the application. The web page will include a SANDAG e-mail address where applicants can send questions, as necessary.

Applications must be received electronically by SANDAG no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Grant Documents

Grant documents are available below and organized by grant program. A list of frequently asked questions also is available and will be updated as new questions arise. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the FAQs periodically.


SGIP – Capital and Planning 

SGIP – CAPs and Complete Streets 

ATGP – Capital and Non-Capital

SGIP – Capital and Planning

SGIP Capital – Eligible Projects (PDF)

SGIP Capital – Scoring Matrix (PDF)

SGIP Capital – Application Form (Fillable PDF)

SGIP Capital – Scoring Instructions – Reference Document (PDF)

SGIP Capital – Criteria B2, C1, and C2 (Excel)


SGIP Planning – Eligible Projects (PDF)

SGIP Planning – Scoring Matrix (PDF)

SGIP Planning – Application Form (Fillable PDF)

SGIP Planning – Scoring Instructions – Reference Document (PDF)

SGIP Climate Action Plans

SGIP – CAP Scoring Matrix 

SGIP – CAP Application Form (Fillable PDF)

Complete Streets

SGIP – Complete Streets Scoring Matrix 

SGIP – Complete Streets Application Form (Fillable PDF)

ATGP – Capital and Non-Capital

ATGP Capital – Eligible Projects (PDF)

ATGP Capital – Scoring Matrix (PDF)

ATGP Capital – Application Form (Fillable PDF)

ATGP Capital – Scoring Instructions – Reference Document (PDF)


ATGP Non-Capital – Eligible Projects (PDF)

ATGP Non-Capital – Scoring Matrix (PDF)

ATGP Non-Capital – Application Form (Fillable PDF)

ATGP Non-Capital – Scoring Instructions – Reference Document (PDF)

Documents Common to All Applications

All applicants must submit an Applicant Statement Form with their application(s). Only one statement form is required per applicant regardless of the number of applications being submitted. Applicants also must submit a signed copy of a Resolution with their application(s). Similarly, only one Resolution is required per applicant regardless of the number of applications being submitted. Applicants must attach the Grant Agreement Template to their staff report when seeking approval of the required Resolution. Each individual project application must contain a Scope, Schedule, and Budget.

Applicant Statement Form (PDF) 

Sample Resolution (Word)

Grant Agreement Template (PDF) 

Scope, Schedule, and Budget (Excel) 

Pre-Application Workshop and FAQs

A Pre-Application Workshop was held on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the SANDAG offices. Prospective applicants were strongly encouraged to attend this workshop. A 'Donuts and Displays' open house also was held January 11, 2018, to showcase completed TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program and Active Transportation Grant projects. Handouts from these workshops are available below, and the sign-in sheets are available here.


General Timeline for Cycle 4 Call for Projects

FAQs from Pre-Application Workshop

Audio-Recording from Pre-Application Workshop

Policy 033 Incentive Points

Summary of SGIP-ATGP Projects

National City PPT 

Protest Procedures Policies

Grant Program Protest Procedures

For information regarding all SANDAG competitive grant programs visit

Note: Jurisdictions that downloaded the fillable PDF application forms prior to January 26, 2018, are directed to revisit and check the accuracy of their Scope, Schedule, and Budget forms. The Scope, Schedule and Budget template was previously linked to an Excel spreadsheet that auto-calculated a higher dollar amount per task based on an indirect cost rate percentage assumption. Jurisdictions that plan to apply for grant funds using an indirect cost rate can use the old version of the spreadsheet (that was available on the web page prior to January 26, 2018) or contact staff.* Jurisdictions that do not plan on using an indirect cost rate (which will be the majority of jurisdictions) should use the updated Scope of Work, Schedule, and Budget worksheet (included under the “Documents Common to All Applications” section further below. The link has been corrected in this section of the web page, as well as in each Fillable PDF application form. Any questions on this issue should be directed to Tracy Ferchaw at or (619) 699-1977. See the FAQs for additional details.

Project Manager

Carolina Ilic, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-1989, Email:

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