Skip to Content

West Santa Ana Branch Grant Assistance Program

Activities This Program Funds
The Metro Board has authorized staff to enter into funding agreements with WSAB Transit Corridor Cities and the County (Local Jurisdictions) to support a three year Implementation Program (Program) to: conduct new planning studies related to TOD SIP recommendations; provide grant matching funds to enable jurisdictions to pursue grant opportunities and provide jurisdictions the cash flow they need to take on typical grant reimbursement requirements. The Board also authorized staff to continue to provide grant writing assistance to WSAB Local Jurisdictions. Any activities funded within this Implementation Program must demonstrate a nexus with the six TOD SIP categories of activities outlined in the WSAB TOD SIP document, and the Program Description, identified below.

Eligibility to Apply
Local Jurisdictions with boundaries that encompass some or all of the ½ mile area around any of the 12 identified West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor Project Stations.

Three Categories of Assistance for the WSAB TOD SIP Implementation Program

  1. Grant Writing Assistance
  2. TOD SIP Implementation Funding
  3. Local Grant Matching Funds

Instructions for Applying
Local Jurisdictions should access the Program Description and Intake Instructions, choose from among the three funding programs available, and complete and submit the required Intake Form(s) by April 13, 2020, the deadline for this Round 1 of funding.


Program Description
Metro will match applicant with and cover the expenses of procuring a grant writer for jurisdiction if it is pursuing a grant related to one or more of the 6 TOD SIP categories described on page 4 of the Program Description and Intake Instructions for either a Planning Study or Capital Project.

Project Timeline

  • Intake forms are processed as they are received
  • Jurisdictions are eligible for 2 project applications maximum per year
  • Funding available to support up to 10 applications per year
  • Program funding available for a 3-year period

Application Process

  • Complete the Section A intake form: Questions 1-10 f or Planning Projects or Questions 1-13 f or Capital Projects
  • Signature of City Manager or equivalent required for self-certification agreement
  • Submit to Desiree Portillo-Rabinov portillorabinovd@metro.net
  • Intake forms are evaluated by Metro Staff. Forms either “pass” or “fail” based on completeness and consistency with WSAB TOD SIP categories
  • If application is approved, Metro’s Grant Writing Assistance initiated

Program Description
Metro will fund Planning Studies related to one or more of the 6 TOD SIP categories:

  • Governance
  • Equitable Development & Community Preservation
  • Transit Supportive Planning
  • Placemaking
  • Mobility, Access & Connectivity
  • Sustainability & Resiliance

Program Timeline

  • New funding round opened and advertised, and applications are processed every 6 months
  • Jurisdictions can be awarded up to $200,000 total for Metro programs: (B) Implementation Program Funding and (C) Local Grant Matching Funds
  • Program funding available for a 3-year period
  • Projects must be completed within a 3-year period

Application Process

  • Complete the Section B intake form: For Planning Projects: Questions1-9
  • Submit to Desiree Portillo-Rabinov (portillorabinovd@metro.net)
  • Intake form evaluated by Metro Staff. Forms either “pass” or “fail” based on
  • completeness and consistency with WSAB TOD SIP categories
  • “Passing” applicants then complete an application detailing how the planning study will
  • impact the applicant’s jurisdiction
  • Jurisdictions that complete one or more applications will be evaluated based on the following top three weighted criteria: Project Readiness (Scope, budget, schedule and projected start/end date); Project Staff Commitment (City dedicated staff or another contract staff/agency); Project Location within Metro’s Equity Focus Communities boundaries.
  • If selected, a Metro full funding agreement is enacted

Round 1

  • March 17: Round 1 Program initiated, intake form and supporting materials available on website.
  • April 13: Intake forms due.
  • April 27: Metro review completed.
  • May 1: Full applications released to applicants with complete, eligible intake forms.
  • June 1: Applications due.
  • July 1: Review/ranking of applications complete; funding awards announced.

Program Description
Metro will provide local grant matching funds for an applicant pursuing funding from another grant source.

Funding Availability

  • New funding round opened and advertised, and applications are processed every 6 months
  • Jurisdictions can be awarded up to $200,000 total for both Metro programs: (B) Implementation Program Funding and (C) Local Grant Matching Funds
  • Program funding available for a 3-year period

Application Process

  • Complete the Section C intake form
  • For Planning Projects - Questions1-10 - For Capital Projects-Questions 1-13
  • Submit to Desiree Portillo-Rabinov (portillorabinovd@metro.net)
  • Intake form evaluated by Metro Staff. Forms either “pass” or “fail” based on completeness and consistency with WSAB TOD SIP categories
  • If selected, a Metro full funding agreement is enacted.

Round 1

  • March 17: Round 1 Program initiated, intake form and supporting materials available on website.
  • April 13: Intake forms due.
  • April 27: Metro review completed.
  • May 1: Funding awards announced. Funding to be provided, on a reimbursement basis, as soon as a reporting process is in place.