Specialized Transportation Grant Program

The SANDAG Specialized Transportation Grant Program (STGP) funds projects and programs that expand mobility for older adults and people with disabilities. Eligible projects include the purchase of accessible vans and buses, coordinated volunteer driver programs, shopping shuttle services, non-emergency medical trips, and transit travel training classes. Eligible applicants include local nonprofit organizations and public agencies.  

Funding for the STGP comes from two sources: the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 program and the TransNet Senior Mini-Grant Program. Since 2006, we’ve awarded more than $37 million in federal grant funds and $24 million in TransNet funds to support more than 300 specialized grant-funded transportation projects.

Call for Projects

Approximately every two years, SANDAG conducts a competitive process, or call for projects, to award funding through the Specialized Transportation Grant Program (STGP). Visit our Grant Programs web page to learn more about how to apply for SANDAG grants.

The STGP Cycle 12 Call for Projects made approximately $7.9 million available for eligible specialized transportation projects. The Call for Projects opened on July 6, 2022, and closed on October 5, 2022. On February 24, 2023, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved the STGP Cycle 12 Call for Projects funding recommendations.

Anticipated Timeline

  • July 1, 2023: Awarded Senior Mini-Grant projects can begin
  • October 1, 2023: Awarded Section 5310 projects can begin

STGP Cycle 12 Call for Projects Awards

STGP Cycle 12 Evaluation Criteria

Grantee Resources

STGP grantees report to SANDAG regularly to comply with agreed terms. These reports also help us monitor performance. A list of grantee forms and resources are available by STGP grant type and reporting frequency.

Vehicle and Other Equipment Progress Report Form (Due October 31, January 31, April 30, July 30)

Vehicle as Out of Service or Returned to Service Report Form (Due within 72 hours out of service or return to service date)

Vehicle and Other Equipment Inspection Form (Due within 2 months of vehicle delivery)

Title VI ADA Program Guide (Programs due before grant execution and triennially)

Title VI ADA Program Templates

Specialized Transportation Grant Report Form

  • Complaint filings and resolutions due within 72 hours
  • Closeout reports due within 90 days of grant expiration date

Client Demographic Data Reporting Form (Due annually, collected quarterly)

Sample Client Demographic Survey Form (Due annually, collected quarterly)

Sample Grant Monitoring Checklist

ADA Online Training Slides

ADA Training Recording

Transit Asset Management Plan