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Ventura, CA 93009
E-Mail: recovery@ventura.org

Funding Categories

The following is the list of Federal grant programs being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Some of this funding is based on a formula while other funding is competitive. The decision whether or not to submit a grant proposal for County-eligible competitive funds will be based on program guidelines and the Board of Supervisors’ policy for applying for and accepting grant funding.

Please visit the Ventura County Applications and Awards page for information about Ventura County’s formula awards and grant proposals to date.





Grant: Highway Improvement Programs
Amount: $27.5 billion was included for Highway Infrastructure Investment.
Type: Funds are distributed by formula, with a portion of the funds within each State being sub allocated by population areas.
Administrator: state departments of transportation
Purpose: For transportation projects including resurfacing and pavement preservation projects, traffic signal system upgrades, bridge projects, transit projects and intelligent transportation systems.
Websites: http://www.recovery.gov/?q=content/rebuilding-infrastructure

Grant: Transit Capital Assistance
Amount: $8.4 billion was included for transit capital assistance grants.
Type: Funds are distributed through the existing urban and rural transit formulas - 80% of the capital assistance funds are to be distributed through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) urbanized formula; 10% through their rural formula; and 10% through their growing states and high density formula
Administrator: Federal Transit Administration
Description: These funds will be used to purchase buses and equipment needed to provide additional public transportation service and to make improvements to intermodal and transit facilities
Website to find state and district #s: http://www.fta.dot.gov/index_9118.html

Grant: Fixed Guideway Modernization
Amount: $750 million was included for transit capital assistance grants.
Type: Funds are allocated by a statutory formula to urbanized areas with rail systems that have been in operation for at least seven years.
Administrator: Federal Transit Administration / U.S. Department of Transportation
Purpose: These funds will be used for capital projects to modernize or improve existing fixed guideway systems, including purchase and rehabilitation of rolling stock, track, line equipment, structures, signals and communications, power equipment and substations, passenger stationsand terminals, security equipment and systems, maintenance facilities and equipment, operational support equipment including computer hardware and software, system extensions, and preventive maintenance.
Website: http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3558.html

Grant: Capital Investments Grants (New Starts & Small Starts)
Amount: $750 million was included for capital investment grants.
Type: Distributed on a discretionary basis for New Starts and Small Starts projects that are already in construction or are nearly ready to begin construction
Administrator: Federal Transit Administration - U.S. Department of Transportation Purpose: For light rail lines, rapid rail (heavy rail), commuter rail, automated fixed guideway system, or bus-way/high occupancy vehicle (HOV) facilities
Website: http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3590.html

Grant: Transit Capital Assistance-Discretionary Grants
Amount: $6.9 billion was included for transit capital assistance grants.
Type: Discretionary grants to public transit agencies to improve energy efficiency, and reduce costs and dependence on foreign oil.
Agency: Federal Transit Administration - U.S. Department of Transportation
Website: http://www.fta.dot.gov/index_9118.html

Grant: National Surface Transportation System - Discretionary Grants
Amount: $1.5 billion was included for discretionary grants for the National Surface Transportation System.
Type: Discretionary grants to be awarded to state and local governments or transit agencies on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. Eligible projects include highway and bridge projects, public transportation projects, passenger and freight rail projects, and port infrastructure investments.
Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
Websites: http://www.dot.gov/

Grant: Capital Assistance for High Speed Rail and Intercity Passenger Rail Service
Amount: $8 billion was included for Capital Assistance to States and the High Speed Passenger Rail Program.
Type: Discretionary grants for state government for capital improvements and planning activities necessary to support improved or new intercity passenger rail service
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration - U.S. Department of Transportation
Websites: http://www.fra.dot.gov

Grant: Capital Grants to Amtrak
Amount: $1.3 billion included for capital grants to Amtrak for security and non-security improvements.
Type: Grants will be given directly to Amtrak; no more than 60% will be spent in the NE corridor.
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
Purpose: To maintain and improve the national system of intercity passenger rail. In addition to security improvements, repair, rehabilitation, or upgrade of railroad assets or infrastructure, and for capital projects that expand passenger rail capacity including the rehabilitation of rolling stock (locomotives and passenger cars).
Websites: www.fra.dot.gov

Grant: Federal Aviation Administration - Competitive Grants to airports for infrastructure
Amount: $1.1 billion
Type: competitive grants
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration
Purpose: Grants to airports who are part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) for repairs and improving critical infrastructure to improve safety and reduce congestion
Website: http://www.faa.gov/recovery/

Grant: Federal Aviation Administration — Competitive Grants to improve FAA power systems
Amount: $200 million
Type: competitive grants
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration
Purpose: Upgrade the FAA’s power system — $50 million, modernize aging air traffic control centers — $50 million, replace air traffic control centers and TRACONS — $80 million, install airport lighting, navigation and landing equipment — $20 million
Website: http://www.faa.gov/recovery/

Grant: Competitive Grants to Small Domestic Shipyards
Amount: $100 million
Type: competitive grants
Agency: Department of Transportation
Purpose: grants for investments and improvements
Website: http://www.dot.gov/recovery/



Loans: Small Business Administration - 7(a) Loan Guarantee Program
Amount: $375 million
Agency: Small Business Administration (SBA)
Provision: Temporary fee elimination - SBA is directed to collect no fee or reduce fees to the maximum extent possible for the 7(a) loan program.
SBA may guarantee up to 90% of 7(a) loans.
Purpose: To ensure small businesses maintain have access to 7(a) loans that may be used to establish a new business or to assist in the operation, acquisition or expansion of an existing business.
Websites: http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/sbaloantopics/7a/

Loans: Small Business Administration- 504 Loan Program
Amount: $375 million
Agency: Small Business Administration (SBA)
Description: Funds to ensure small businesses maintain adequate access to 504 loans. 504 loans may be used for purchasing land and improvements, including existing buildings, grading, street improvements, utilities, parking lots and landscaping; construction of new facilities, or modernizing, renovating or converting existing facilities; or purchasing long-term machinery and equipment.
Websites: http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/sbaloantopics/cdc504/index.html

Grants: Business Stabilization Program
Amount: $225 million
Agency: Small Business Administration (SBA)
Description: To provide loans on a deferred basis to viable small business concerns that have a qualifying small business loan and are experiencing immediate financial hardship.
Website: http://www.sba.gov

Grants: Economic Development Assistance
Amount: $150 million
Agency: Department of Commerce - Economic Development Administration
Description: Funds for economically distressed areas to generate private sector jobs. Priority consideration will be given to those areas that have experienced sudden and severe economic dislocation and job loss due to corporate restructuring.
Type: Competitive Grants
Website: http://www.eda.gov/InvestmentsGrants/Investments.xml

Grants: Community Development Financial Institutions
Amount: $100 million
Agency: U.S. Department of the Treasury
Description: These funds will be used to help spur economic development and low-cost financial services to underserved communities.
Website: http://www.cdfifund.gov/recovery/

Loans: Micro-Loan Program
Amount: $6 million
Agency: Small Business (SBA)
Description: Provides very small loans to start-up, newly established, or growing small business concerns. Under this program, SBA makes funds available to nonprofit community based lenders (intermediaries) which, in turn, make loans to eligible borrowers in amounts up to a maximum of $35,000. The average loan size is about $13,000. Applications are submitted to the local intermediary and all credit decisions are made on the local level.
Website: http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/sbaloantopics/microloans/index.html

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Grants: National Endowment of the Arts Competitive Grants
Agency: National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) - National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities
Amount: $30 million
Type: Competitive Grants (Matching requirement waived )
Description: Grants to fund arts projects which preserve jobs in the non-profit arts sector threatened by declines in financial support.
Website: http://www.nea.gov
Helpful Link: http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/index.html

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