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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 older adults 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 older adults and individuals with disabilities, along with the TransNet Extension Ordinance, which provides Senior-Mini Grants for specialized transportation services for older adults 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*: On July 6, 2022, SANDAG released the STGP Cycle 12 Call for Projects, making approximately $7.9 million available for eligible specialized transportation projects. Applications are due October 5, 2022. To learn more and provide input, visit the Cycle 12 Call for Projects web page. 

Specialized Transportation Program Management Plan (PMP)
The 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.

2022 Program Management Plan

2022 Specialized Transportation PMP Appendices
Section 5310 Grant Agreement Template
Senior Mini-Grant Agreement Template
Vehicle Lease Agreement Template
Summary of Comments Received

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
Monitoring Checklist
Report a Vehicle as Out of Service or Returned to Service
Required Forms – Submitted with Grant Agreement Execution
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 Inspection Form
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.

Reporting

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 sandag.org/grants

Contact Information

Aly Neumann, Associate Grants Program Analyst
Phone: (619) 744-5890, Email: aly.neumann@sandag.org

To request information on prior grant reports or solicitations, please contact grantsdistribution@sandag.org.

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.

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