TDM Mini-Grant Program
Phase I Applications Open Mid-January


Across the country, local governments are deploying new pilot projects to test the effectiveness and community readiness for projects and programs that encourage bicycling, walking, ride sharing, riding transit, and teleworking as options to replace car trips. Have an idea for a pilot project in your community? Apply for our Mini-Grant program.

How to apply:

Grant guidelines and scoring criteria are available here. A link to the online application will be available mid-January.

Who Can Apply?

  • Local governments and special districts 
  • Nonprofit organizations (e.g. Transportation Management Organizations, community-based organizations business improvement districts, main street associations, neighborhood associations, chambers of commerce, etc.)
  • Community colleges, colleges, and universities
  • K-12 public education institutions

Grant Overview:

SACOG will award mini-grants of up to $3,000 per project in support of small events and non-infrastructure programs or projects to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips and miles by encouraging biking, walking, riding transit, carpooling, vanpooling and teleworking as options for reducing car trips. Projects that focus on testing a new strategy or tactic for changing travel behavior will be prioritized. 

Grant Details:

A total of $60,000 in funding is available through the TDM mini-grant program in two phases ($30,000 for each phase) with applications considered on a rolling basis until all funds for that phase have been awarded.

The first phase will open for applications January 16, 2018 with applications accepted through June 30, 2018 if funds are still available. The second phase will open July 15, 2018 with applications accepted through December 31, 2018 if funds are still available.

Eligible Programs/Projects:

TDM Mini-Grants are intended for programs, events, and/or projects that reduce car trips and miles by encouraging people to walk, bicycle, ride transit, carpool, vanpool and/or telework.  Examples of eligible programs, events, and/or projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Host pop-up events that temporarily transform a 3-dimensional space to visually display what a street might look like with new bike paths, sidewalks, trees, transit stops and other complete street features
  • Host temporary pop-up bike and/or pedestrian paths and lanes, such as separated or protected bike lanes, trails or paths
  • Coordinate “Bike/Walk/Take Transit to Destinations” promotions in a neighborhood or business district (e.g. Bike/Walk/Take Transit to restaurants, museums, concerts, shopping, games, schools, work, etc.)
  • A full list of example projects are available in the guidelines and application document