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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 Cycle 4 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 also were available through the SGIP for jurisdictions to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) and Complete Streets Policy if they did not currently have these documents adopted.

The call for projects was open for a 90-day period. Applications were 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) were 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.

Grant Applications and Scoring Documents

SANDAG makes available the grant applications of all projects submitted, as well as the associated scoring documentation and the qualitative and quantitative points awarded per project. The applications, brief descriptions, and scoring documents are available below.

Climate Action Plans

City of El Cajon CAP
Application - Requested $150,000

Description: Completes the city's first CAP by conducting a benefit-cost analysis and completing a California Environmental Quality Act  document to meet the requirements of CEQA Guidelines Section 15183.5. Once completed, the CAP will include a GHG emissions inventory, GHG emissions forecast and reduction targets, GHG emission reduction measures, implementation and monitoring steps, and public outreach efforts, including presence at community events, online media, and a resident leadership academy to support educational and outreach efforts. Grant funding will be used for the environmental document and the benefit cost analysis to inform the development of the CAP and allow for adoption of the qualified CAP.

CAP Scoring and Selection Process
CAP Scoring Sheets

Complete Street Policies

No applications were submitted.

Smart Growth Incentive Program

Applications, descriptions, and scoring documentation will be posted by June 1, 2018.

Active Transportation Grant Program

Applications, descriptions, and scoring documentation will be posted by June 1, 2018.

Electronic Submittal Portal – NOW CLOSED

The electronic submittal period was from March 1-15, 2018, and is now closed.

Grant Application Documents

The following grant application documents were available while the application period was open. A list of frequently asked questions also was available and updated as new questions arose.


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 were required to submit an Applicant Statement Form with their application(s). Only one statement form was required per applicant regardless of the number of applications submitted. Applicants also were required to submit a signed copy of a Resolution with their application(s). Similarly, only one Resolution was required per applicant regardless of the number of applications submitted. Applicants were required to attach the Grant Agreement Template to their staff report when seeking approval of the required Resolution. Each individual project application was required to 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

Project Manager

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

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

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