The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO) is one of several Clean Transportation Equity Programs offered as part of the California Climate Investments initiative, a statewide initiative putting billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving public health and the environment with a focus on disadvantaged communities. This voucher-based funding will be provided for zero-emission carsharing, carpooling/vanpooling, bikesharing/scooter-sharing, innovative transit services, and ride-on-demand services in underserved California communities. The program’s goal is to improve underserved communities’ access to clean mobility options that are safe, reliable, convenient, and affordable.
Applicants can apply for up to $1,000,000 to launch and operate a clean mobility project. Funding will cover up to three years, including up to one year of project planning and launch activities, and two years of operations. Projects must be operated for two years after the voucher funding term ends to ensure that the project is sustainable and voucher funds will not cover costs during this period.
All projects must conduct a Community Transportation Needs Assessment prior to receiving grant funding for clean mobility projects. CMO provides funding for the cost of a Need Assessment; applicants must satisfy this requirement prior to submitting their mobility project application. More details are available here.
There are multiple areas within the District that may be eligible based upon established project criteria for designated low-income and disadvantaged communities including West Sacramento and portions of Davis, Dunnigan, Knights Landing, Rio Vista, Vacaville and Zamora. The Project Area Reference Sheet including tools for determining eligibility of a specific area can be found here.
Applications will be accepted beginning October 20, 2020 at 9 a.m. PST and will be reviewed on a first come basis. Application materials, required attachments and other resources are available here. CALSTART is administering this program, they have prepared a FAQ for potential applicants, have a great website with all the resources they offer and be contacted via email or telephone at (626) 744-5670.