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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects


As the regional planning agency, SANDAG allocates millions of dollars each year in local, state, and federal funds through several competitive grant programs. Grants awarded range from infrastructure projects to habitat management and monitoring efforts to specialized transportation services for senior and disabled populations. While each individual grant program maintains a particular focus, all work together to enhance our region’s quality of life.

Current active grant programs are listed below. For information regarding a specific program, please visit the individual program page and/or contact the appropriate staff member(s).

Smart Growth Incentive Program and Active Transportation Grant Program

The TransNet Smart Growth and TransNet Active Transportation Grant Programs fund local capital and planning projects that increase opportunities for biking, walking, and transit usage throughout the region. The TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program supports transportation investments that create more compact, walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented communities. The TransNet Active Transportation Grant Program provides funding for projects that improve safety and prioritize access for people biking and walking.

For more information please contact:

Tracy Ferchaw, Associate Grant Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-1977, Email:

TransNet Environmental Mitigation Grant Programs

The TransNet Environmental Mitigation Grant Programs fund land management and land acquisition projects that help to maintain and enhance the integrity and size of regional habitat preserves.

For more information please contact:

Kim Smith, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-6949, Email:

Courtney Pesce, Regional Planner I
Phone: (619) 699-6942, Email:

Specialized Transportation Grant Programs

The SANDAG Specialized Transportation Grant Program funds projects and programs that expand mobility options for seniors and individuals with disabilities with two unique funding sources. Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 grant program provides federal funding for transportation projects that enhance the mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities. The Senior Mini-Grant Program authorized under the TransNet Extension Ordinance funds innovative transportation services for seniors.

For more information please contact: 

Zachary Rivera, Business Analyst I
Phone: (619) 699-4892 Email:

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

SANDAG reports on grant status and performance regularly to the TransNet Independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee, Policy Committee, and Advisory Committee. Below are the Quarterly Status Updates of SANDAG Grant Programs provided for the current year. Past reports can be requested through a specific grant program contact listed above.


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Stay Informed of Upcoming Funding Cycles and Call for Projects

SANDAG is now publishing all grant solicitations on BidNet Direct. Please register as a Vendor on BidNet Direct to receive real-time notifications and participate in upcoming grant solicitations. In order to register, submit, and receive notifications for grant opportunities, you must be registered through BidNet Direct. For detailed instructions on how to register through BidNet Direct’s website, click here.

There is NO fee to register or receive notifications from SANDAG about current and upcoming grant opportunities. Once registered, you will be prompted to complete additional information, including registering your entity’s North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes. The individual grant program codes are listed below:

For Smart Growth Incentive Program and Active Transportation Grant Program

  • NAICS Code 925120 – Administration of Urban Planning and Community and Rural Development

For TransNet Environmental Mitigation Grant Programs

  • NAICS Code 924120 – Administration of Conservation Programs

For Specialized Transportation Grant Programs

  • NAICS Code 485991 – Special Needs transportation

These NAICS Codes are used to match SANDAG grant solicitations with your entity.

To learn more about registration, please visit our FAQ page. If you need further assistance, please call the BidNet Direct Support Team at 800-835-4603 or email A step-by-step user guide for BidNet, including navigation, how to download files, post questions, and upload applications will be coming soon.