Priority Conservation Area Program

The Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency (NCTPA) has released its call for projects for the Priority Conservation Area (PCA) Program.  The funds are authorized under the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) federal transportation authorization legislation currently known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has apportioned $10 million in Surface Transportation Program funds to the PCA program, of which $5 million is committed to the four North Bay counties: Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano.

The estimated revenues that will be apportioned to Napa County is $1.25 million.  To remain competitive with the other North Bay counties for these funds, NCTPA staff is proposing to establish a $2.5 million program target.  To achieve this, projects that are partially funded with other revenues (beyond the federally required match percentage), including Cycle 2 One Bay Area Grant funds (OBAG),   will be given priority over those projects seeking full (88.53%) federal funding from the PCA program.  Note that if the non PCA funds are also federal, additional local match will be required in order to meet federal match requirements.

Eligible projects must have a transportation focus and may include planning activities, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, visual enhancements, habitat environmental enhancements, and farm to market capital projects.  Project submittals must show a non-federal 11.47% local match and be located within a PCA.  Eligible applicants include: cities, counties, towns, county congestion management agencies, tribes, water/utility districts, resource conservation districts, park and/or open space districts, land trusts and other land/resource protection nonprofit organizations.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to collaborate and partner with other entities on projects to leverage additional funding.  Projects that leverage other funding will be given higher priority in the grant award process.  Partnerships are necessary with cities, counties, or CMAs in order to access federal funds.   A project must have an implementing agency that has a master agreement with Caltrans.  Project Applications are due to NCTPA no later than 5:00 PM Friday, March 22, 2013.  For more information download the PCA Program Application at the top of this page or contact Danielle Schmitz at dschmitz@nctpa.net.