2023 Regional ATP FAQs

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SACOG staff has compiled questions about the application process to support applicants. We will update this page with new questions and responses through September 2022.

General Instructions

Please review the materials for the application, including the Instructions and Scoring Rubric. Pay special attention to the Instructions document, which provides guidance on responding to each question in the application, and especially to the newly added “Helpful Hints” about leveraging SACOG PPA data to support your narrative. Reviewing the Scoring Rubric will be helpful to understand how your project will be scored by the Regional ATP working group.

PPA run issues

If you are having issues running the Project Performance Assessment tool for your Regional ATP application or determining the best limits for your project, reach out to Dustin Foster at dfoster@sacog.org to discuss your needs.

Is there a maximum page limit?

There are suggested maximums but no maximum page limit. The suggested maximums for each question are intended to streamline the application for reviewers as well as applicants. Please provide the narrative and information needed to support your project but consider delivering it with brevity in consideration to reduce the strain on reviewers.

What is eligible for Regional ATP?

Anything that is eligible to the State ATP, found in the State ATP Guidelines. This includes infrastructure as well as non-infrastructure education and encouragement campaigns, quickbuilds, and plans. See below for specifics of each project type: 

  • Large Infrastructure projects, over $10 million: you can apply for all phases, including construction. You can also apply for pre-construction funding only (PA & ED, PS & E, ROW).
  • Other infrastructure projects, under $10 million: these projects can fund all phases, and must include CON as well. (I.e., you cannot apply just for pre-construction funding for projects under $20 million total project cost). Consider applying for the full project cost or logically phasing the project.
  • Non-infrastructure: this can be included in infrastructure as an addition to that project or applicants can submit non-infrastructure projects as a standalone applications project. Pairing with an infrastructure project may provide additional strategic benefits to that project and further the outcomes of both the infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.
  • Plans: SACOG can fund up to 2% of the funding round, or around $900,000 on planning documents, such as an active transportation plan, complete streets plan, bicycle and/or pedestrian plan, Safe Routes to school plan, etc. These plans must provide meaningful benefit in Disadvantaged Communities.
  • Quickbuilds: review state guidelines for this specific program in the ATP guidelines linked above.

Do I need to apply to the State ATP to be eligible for the Regional ATP?

No, you can apply for additional projects that you did not apply for in the State ATP. Please contact SACOG staff ASAP if you plan to apply for additional projects. 

Where do I look to check if my project is in the Regional Trail Network?

Click here to see the Sacramento Region Six-County Trail Network map to identify projects on the Regional Trail Network and Trail Study Corridors. You can also refer to the Regional Trail Network Action Plan section on Implementing the Regional Trail Network and identify Partner Recommendations that support implementation. 

California Conservation Corps (CCC) Instructions

Applicants are required to contact the CCC or the California Association of Local Conservation Corp (CALCC) to identify how a certified community conservation corps can be a partner of the project. Their contact information can be found at the following webpages: 

For question 5E, demonstration of the cost-effectiveness clause is only necessary if applicants decide to not coordinate with the CCC or CALCC. 

What do you need from the State ATP application in this submittal?

Please include the State ATP application Part A in your Regional ATP application. Part A lists general information about the project. If your Regional ATP scope is different from your State State ATP scope (smaller distance, pre-construction only, etc.), you must update Part A.

You can also include any appendices or additional supplemental materials such as letters of support, maps, TIMS summaries, data outputs, etc. that you also provided to the state. There is overlap between several questions in the Regional ATP from the State ATP; reference the Instructions to determine which section from the State ATP you can paste into your narrative for the Regional ATP.

Who do I submit the application to?

Please email your application to grants@sacog.org with the subject line “Regional ATP Submittal: [your project title]”. This should include the cover letter, State ATP Part A, Regional ATP application, Appendices, PPA output, etc. If the files are too large to combine the Part A, Regional ATP, and Appendices, please name each of the files with the following labels: “[Jurisdiction] [Project Title] [Application Component]“.