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Comprehensive Transportation Projects

Specialized Transportation Grant Program

The SANDAG Specialized Transportation Grant Program (STGP) funds projects and programs that expand mobility options for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Funding for the STGP comes from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 which allocates federal funding for transportation projects that enhance the mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities as well as TransNet Extension Ordinance which provides Senior-Mini Grants for specialized transportation services for seniors whose needs cannot be met by conventional transit or paratransit services.

Since the program began in 2006, SANDAG has awarded more than $26.8 million in federal grant funds and $21.1 million in TransNet funds through 11 competitive grant cycles. This funding has supported more than 275 specialized transportation projects. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, accessible van and bus purchases, coordinated volunteer driver programs, shopping shuttle services, non-emergency medical trips, and transit travel training. 

Watch our 2018 SANDAG Accomplishments - Grant Programs video.

Call for Projects

Approximately every two years, SANDAG conducts a competitive process to award funding through the STGP. Below are the SANDAG Board of Directors approved awards for SGTP funding cycles.

Cycle 7 | Cycle 8 | Cycle 9 | Cycle 10 | Cycle 11

*NEW*: In January 2022, SANDAG released the STGP Cycle 11 Supplemental Call for Projects, making $200,000 available for eligible traditional Section 5310 projects such as accessible vehicle purchases and travel training. Prospective applicants are encouraged to register their organizations with BidNet Direct, SANDAG’s online vendor platform, to access application materials, participate in the call for projects, and upload application submissions. Applications are due by 5 p.m. PST on May 6, 2022. To access and learn more about BidNet Direct, please visit the SANDAG grants webpage.

*NEW*: SANDAG is in the process of developing the STGP Cycle 12 Call for Projects, which could make as much as $8 million available for specialized transportation projects. To learn more and provide input, visit the Cycle 12 Call for Projects web page. 

The last Cycle 11 Call for Projects was released July 31, 2020, and accepted applications through October 30, 2020. On March 26, 2021, the SANDAG Board of Directors awarded $7.1 million in STGP funding to support 30 projects that will provide specialized transportation services across the region.

Specialized Transportation Program Management Plan (PMP)
The Program Management Plan (PMP) guides the management of the STGP. The PMP is designed to provide program guidance to potential and successful applicants; provide public information on SANDAG administration of the grant programs; and ensure that all applicable SANDAG policies and federal, state, and local statutes and regulations are fulfilled.

*NEW*: SANDAG drafted a new 2022 PMP draft for review.

Draft 2022 Program Management Plan

Draft 2022 Specialized Transportation Program Management Plan Appendices
Section 5310 Grant Agreement Template
Senior Mini-Grant Agreement Template
Vehicle Lease Agreement Template
Summary of Comments Received

The 2020 Program Management Plan was adopted by the Transportation Committee at its October 16, 2020. At its October 1, 2021, meeting, the Transportation Committee adopted this addendum to the 2020 PMP to accommodate Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) and American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Section 5310 funding.

2020 Program Management Plan Appendices

Evaluation Criteria
Monitoring Checklist
Section 5310 Grant Agreement
Senior Mini-Grant Grant Agreement
Subrecipient Maintenance Oversight
Vehicle and Other Equipment Inspection Form
Vehicle Lease Agreement

Program Monitoring

SANDAG developed a standardized monitoring program consistent with the PMP to collect information on individual projects for reporting to the FTA and SANDAG policy committees. SANDAG monitors grantee performance through invoices and progress reports submitted monthly or quarterly. Templates of these performance tools are listed as grantee resources. SANDAG performs regular site visits and/or desk reviews to monitor recipients using a standardized monitoring checklist that is included in the PMP.

Grantee Resources

Alternative Services Report Form
Client Demographic Information Form
Client Voluntary Demographic Data Survey Form
Declaration Concerning Conflict
Evaluator Guidelines
Guide to Developing a Title VI Plan for FTA Subrecipients
Invoice Checklist
Invoice Packet
Post-Delivery Buy America Certificates
Report a Vehicle as Out of Service or Returned to Service
Required Forms – Submitted with Grant Agreement Execution
Required Forms – Submitted with Project Proposals
SANDAG Grant Recipient Communications Guidelines
SANDAG Photo and Testimonial Release Form – English
SANDAG Photo and Testimonial Release Form – Spanish
SANDAG Logo Use Guidelines
Vehicle and Other Equipment Progress Report
WeSendit Instructions for Large Invoice Files

Title VI

Federal subrecipients must develop and submit to SANDAG a Title VI Plan prior to execution of a grant agreement and update their Title VI plan every three years. All grantees (Section 5310 subrecipients and Senior Mini-Grant recipients) must submit Title VI information to SANDAG annually. To assist federal subrecipients with developing their Title VI Plan and all grantees with collecting Title VI data, SANDAG has provided a Title VI guide and a Client Voluntary Demographic Survey form. Both documents are linked in the grantee resources section.


SANDAG reports on grant status and performance regularly to the TransNet Independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee, the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council, and the SANDAG Transportation Committee.

In Fiscal Year 2021, staff began streamlining quarterly reporting from various SANDAG grant programs including the STGP into one consolidated quarterly grants status update to the for all committees. To view consolidated quarterly grants status updates, please visit

Contact Information

Aly Neumann, Grants Program Analyst II
Phone: (619) 744-5890, Email:

To request information on prior grant reports or solicitations, please contact

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or

To request documents in an alternative format, please call (619) 699-1900 or (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-1905.