Grant Opportunities

Local/Regional Grants and Incentives

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District offers various grants and incentive programs for Public Agencies, Residents, Businesses, and Technology. Incentives are typically available on a first-come first-serve basis, so interested parties should apply early. A complete list of their current incentive programs is available at the San Joaquin Valley Air District Website at the following link: http://valleyair.org/grants/

Community Improvement Projects that Reduce Vehicle Use and Emissions Component This component is intended to fund land use and community development projects that reduce vehicle use and emissions through enhanced walkability and increased use of zero and near-zero transportation options. The purpose of this component is to help provide match assistance funding to Valley public agencies to help enhance their applications for local, state, and federal funds for these types of projects. Eligible applicants are public agencies such as cities, counties, special districts (i.e. water districts, irrigation districts, etc.) and public educational institutions (i.e. school districts, community colleges, state universities, etc.) located within the geographic boundaries of the District. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Application and Guidelines for the Community Improvement Projects that Reduce Vehicle Use and Emissions Component are available on the District’s website at the following link:  http://valleyair.org/grants/publicbenefit.htm

State Grants

California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.

California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities.

For more information regarding funding opportunities please see the following link:  http://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/

The California Air Resources Board administers grant programs funded through various State sources including the Cap and Trade program. A complete list of the various funding programs is available at the California Air Resources Board Website at the following link:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/ba/fininfo.htm

The California Energy Commission also administers grant programs for transportation technology. A list of their grant programs can be found at the California Energy Commission Website at the following link: http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/transportation.html

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program Round 4 

The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has released its Round 4 Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Technical Assistance (TA) Program. The AHSC TA program provides direct application assistance and capacity building services for potential applicants to the FY 2017-2017 AHSC Program

These services are offered at no cost to the TA recipient and are available statewide to ensure that disadvantaged, low-income communities and AHSC applicants with limited capacity to complete a rigorous application process have access to the resources and tools to successfully compete in the AHSC program. The SGC will be responsible for allocating TA resources and services.

If interested in receiving TA for a potential AHSC project, please complete the form at the link below by Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

https://surveymonkey.com/r/P8PYRVT

The information will help determine overall statewide technical assistance need. SGC Staff will assess the collected information and allocate TA resources according to the following criteria:

  • TA needs: Estimate the level of assistance and specific services necessary to help the TA recipient submit a competitive application.
  • Project viability & AHSC threshold requirements: Likelihood that the proposed project will meet the AHSC guidelines’ threshold requirements by the time of submission.
  • Geographic diversity: Consider the geographic diversity of interested TA recipients, being cognizant of the split between urban, suburban, and rural projects, as well as the proportion of funding that has gone to different regions of the State in the first three rounds.
  • Value add: Consider whether the potential applicant is accessing other TA or consultant-based resources and the unique value add that SGC’s TA resources can bring.
  • Disadvantaged, low-income, and/or tribal community: Priority may be given to applicants serving these communities.

Based on the above criteria, the SGC will determine if the potential AHSC applicant will receive services in preparation for the upcoming funding round (October 2018-February 2019), or longer-term capacity-building services to prepare for a future AHSC funding round.

Application deadline is February 11, 2019. The Round 4 NOFA is available at: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/ahsc/docs/AHSC-NOFA-Round-4-FINAL.pdf

FY 2019-2020 Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program 

The Fiscal Year 2019-20 Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant program funds planning projects and studies that address transportation issues.

  • $25 million for Sustainable Communities Grants to encourage local and regional planning that further state goals, including, but not limited to, the goals and best practices cited in the regional transportation plan guidelines adopted by the California Transportation Commission.
  • $6 million for Adaptation Planning Grants to local and regional agencies for climate change adaptation planning.

Application deadline is November 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm. More information is available from the Caltrans website at: www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html.