Securing grant funds is a multi-step process with many considerations.
Outside agencies make grant funds available for projects that support initiatives they are trying to push forward. For example, in a given year, the State of California may be focused on funding roads that provide safe travel to schools. The State makes grants available for projects that would support this.
With this in mind, some of our projects are considered to be more “competitive” than others when it comes to securing grant funds. We look at our list of approved projects, then explore available grants and identify which projects would be most likely to receive grants based on the grant criteria.
Generally speaking, grants at the local, regional, state and federal levels tend to favor projects that improve safety and mobility options (transit, active transportation such as bicycle and pedestrian traffic, etc.) rather than new roads and development.