California program announces $1 million in voucher funding available statewide starting Nov. 2, 2022, to help communities identify, address their unique transportation challenges
SACRAMENTO - The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO) is making $1 million in voucher funding available to eligible applicants and communities to conduct Community Transportation Needs Assessments. The vouchers, worth up to $100,000 each, help underserved communities identify and address their transportation challenges; increase residents’ awareness on clean transportation; educate community members about zero-emission mobility options such as car sharing, bike sharing, and other unique transportation modes; and prepare residents to share input on preferred solutions. Additionally, a set-aside of at least $200,000 is available to eligible tribal governments. The application window opens at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 2, 2022, and vouchers will be awarded on a first‑come, first-served basis.
In the program’s inaugural year, CMO awarded Community Transportation Needs Assessments worth up to $50,000 each to 24 California nonprofits, local governments, transit agencies, and California Native American tribal governments. See awardee details here.
CMO also awards project implementation vouchers to launch Mobility Projects that meet community transportation needs as identified by residents of the community.
Who is eligible?
- A public agency, such as a city or county, public school district, or transit agency.
- A nonprofit organization that qualifies for tax-exempt status, or a California Native American tribal government.
Eligible Project Locations
- It is a Senate Bill (SB) 535-designated disadvantaged community.
- It is an Assembly Bill (AB) 1550-designated low-income community
- It is within federally recognized tribal boundaries in California or it is nonfederally recognized tribal land or tribal property within AB 1550-designated low-income communities or SB 535 designated disadvantaged communities.
What are the voucher amounts?
- A total of $1 million is available for Community Transportation Needs Assessments.
- Vouchers are worth up to $100,000 each and are available on a first‑come, first-served basis.
- A set-aside of $200,000 is available to eligible tribal governments.
When does the application window open?
The application window opens at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 2, 2022.
How to apply and get help
- Application process information
- Online application
- Technical assistance is available to help guide applicants through the process:
About Clean Mobility Options
Clean Mobility Options is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in under-served communities, and California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program, which is investing more than $1 billion to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission transportation infrastructure and support in-state manufacturing and workforce training and development.