Transformative Climate Communities Program Draft Scoping Guidelines - Comments Due
Jun
9
Jun 27

Transformative Climate Communities Program Draft Scoping Guidelines - Comments Due

With the Transformative Climate Communities Program, the State of California is proposing to invest $140 million of cap and trade money next year in three communities – likely $70 million in Fresno, $35 million in Los Angeles, and $35 million in a third location. This is a significant commitment, but, by itself not enough to fully transform communities.

This June 2017 release presents a revised draft program framework that includes updated eligibility requirements, redefined strategies and other requirements applicants must meet for implementation and planning grants. Updates have been made to the proposed application process, and sections have been added to reflect scoring criteria, grant administration, and technical assistance and support.

 Written comments are due to the SGC by 5:00pm on June 27, 2017.

 Please submit comments to: tccpubliccomments@sgc.ca.gov

 or:

 Strategic Growth Council

ATTN: Tabetha Willmon

1400 Tenth Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

For Further Information, please view the Flyer and Draft Document.

Draft 2017 Active Transportation Program Augmentation Guidelines
Jun
9
Jun 30

Draft 2017 Active Transportation Program Augmentation Guidelines

The Active Transportation Program (ATP) was created by Senate Bill 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes of 2013) and Assembly Bill 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes of 2013) to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. The ATP consolidates various transportation programs - including the federal Transportation Alternatives Program, state Bicycle Transportation Account, and federal and state Safe Routes to School programs - into a single program to:

  • Increase the proportion of biking and walking trips
  • Increase mobility and safety for non-motorized users
  • Advance the efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals
  • Enhance public health, including the reduction of childhood obesity through the use of projects eligible for Safe Routes to Schools Program funding
  • Ensure disadvantaged communities fully share in program benefits (25% of program)
  • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users

These guidelines are the policies and procedures specific to the use of 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal year funding from the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account for the Active Transportation Program (ATP) – hereby known as the 2017 ATP Augmentation. The California Transportation Commission (Commission) is statutorily required to adopt the guidelines andselection criteria for and define the types of projects eligible to be funded through the ATP.

Call for Projects June 30, 2017

See flyer for details.

Lower-Income Consumers Financing Assistance Pilot Project Grant Solicitation
Jun
14
Jul 6

Lower-Income Consumers Financing Assistance Pilot Project Grant Solicitation

The current funding available for FY 2016-17 is $6 million, with a funding split of up to $5 million for a Statewide project and up to $1 million for local projects. The Statewide project is a project that is at least regional or multi-regional in size to begin and by design has plans to expand throughout California. The Statewide project is available to lower-income consumers with an emphasis to outreach to lower-income consumers in disadvantaged communities. The local project(s) can be a region of the state, air basin, or county. The local project primarily benefits or serves a specific disadvantaged community but is open to lower-income consumers.

This pilot project is funded by the Low Carbon Transportation program and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program 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 lower-income and disadvantaged communities.

This solicitation is open to federal, state or local government entities or agencies, and California nonprofit organizations with expertise in the implementation of financing programs, grant programs, and general knowledge of CARB’s clean vehicle programs.

Applications are due to CARB by 5:00 p.m. (PST), Thursday, July 6, 2017.

CARB On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects Solicitation
Jun
15
Aug 16

CARB On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects Solicitation

The California Air Resources Board is pleased to announce its Grant Solicitation for the On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstrations Project. The opportunity was approved by the Board as part of the FY 2016-17 Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation and Fuels Investments and the AQIP. Up to $17 million is available for this project and will provide greenhouse gas (GHG), criteria pollutant, and toxic air contaminant emission reduction benefits to disadvantaged communities. Along with the separate Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Project, it is part of a $34 million allocation for advanced technology freight demonstrations. Solicitations for each FY 2016-17 demonstration project will be released separately.

Projects funded under this solicitation will demonstrate pre-commercial Intelligent Transportation Systems and Connected Trucks, Advanced Engines and Powertrains, and Zero-Emission Short and Regional Haul Trucks. Eligible vehicle types will be limited to Class 7 and Class 8 (GVWR >26,000 lbs.) on-road heavy heavy-duty trucks focused on freight activities. California-based public agencies such as air districts, ports, and local government entities or agencies as well as California-based non-profit organizations with expertise implementing large scale advanced technology demonstration projects and the requisite knowledge of advanced technology truck operations may apply.

Applications are due to CARB by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Senate Bill 1 Transit Investment Workshops
Jun
26
Jun 27

Senate Bill 1 Transit Investment Workshops

Senate Bill 1, the landmark transportation infrastructure bill signed by Governor Brown in April, will provide $7.6 billion in new transit funding over the next decade.  Today, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) announced a series of workshops intended to shape the how SB 1 dollars are invested in public transit.

Southern California
Monday, June 26
1 pm – 2 pm
Union Station Conference Room
1 Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012        

Sacramento
Tuesday, June 27
1 pm – 2 pm
Caltrans HQ Basement Board Room
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814        

Senate Bill 1 funds will support the TIRCP, the State Transit Assistance, and the Commuter Rail and Intercity Rail programs, and each program will be discussed at the workshops.  The TIRCP will continue to also benefit from funding from the cap-and-trade auctions that fund California Climate Investments to help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. Through all of these programs, the state will partner with transit and rail operators to improve and modernize transit service.

The workshops are also an opportunity to provide input for the 2017-18 cycle of the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program, which is fully funded through California Climate Investments.

If you are unable to attend either workshop, the Sacramento workshop will webcast live: http://ctmedia.dot.ca.gov/webcast/live/live_event.asp?stream=calsta

 

CDFA Dairy Digester Research and Development Program Grant Applications
Jun
28
9:00 am09:00

CDFA Dairy Digester Research and Development Program Grant Applications

CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. CDFA received $50 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund in 2016 (AB 1613 Section 13. Item 8570-101-3228) for methane emissions reductions from dairy and livestock operations. CDFA will allocate $29-36 million from the total $50 million appropriation as incentives to support digester projects on California dairy operations.

CDFA is now accepting grant applications for the 2017 Dairy Digester Research and Development Program. Applications are due June 28, 2017 by 5 p.m. PDT. No late applications will be accepted. Potential applicants should review the grant application materials linked below:

Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects
Jul
6
10:00 am10:00

Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects

The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) is pleased to announce its Grant Solicitation for the Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Project. The opportunity was approved by the Board as part of the FY2016-17 Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation and Fuels Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). Up to $17 million is available for this project, which will provide greenhouse gas (GHG), criteria pollutant, and toxic air contaminant emission reduction benefits to disadvantaged communities. Along with the separate On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Project which was released on May 19, 2017, it is part of a $34 million allocation for advanced technology freight demonstrations.

Eligible projects will be those that demonstrate advanced port equipment, zero-emission cargo handling equipment, zero-emission ground support equipment, and zero-emission freight locomotive equipment. Non-freight categories such as construction equipment, agricultural equipment, and off-road passenger transportation equipment will also be eligible for a smaller portion of the funding, although the focus will be on technologies that are freight enabling. California-based public agencies such as air districts, ports, and local government entities or agencies as well as California-based non-profit organizations with expertise implementing large scale advanced technology demonstration projects and the requisite knowledge of advanced technology off-road operations may apply.

Please see details for the Applicant Teleconference below:

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PST)

Place: California Air Resources Board

9528 Telstar Avenue

El Monte, California 91731

Call-in Number: 888-950-8046

International Number: 1-210-234-0044

Passcode: 5157729

CalRecycle Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program
Jul
18
9:30 am09:30

CalRecycle Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program pursuant to Public Resources Code section 42999 of the Public Resources Code. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by expanding existing or establishing new food waste prevention and/or rescue projects in California to reduce the amount of food being disposed in landfills.

Application Due Date

If you are unable to access GMS or need assistance, please send an email to grantassistance@calrecycle.ca.gov or call Ms. Cara Rothenbaum.


Transformative Climate Communities Draft Scoping Guidelines Workshop
Jun
19
Jun 22

Transformative Climate Communities Draft Scoping Guidelines Workshop

The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) invites you to join our public workshops to help inform the development of our new Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) program. In June 2017the SGC will release a third revision of the “Draft Scoping Guidelines”. Workshop participants will receive an overview of the most recent changes to the draft scoping guidelines, and have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. In person work-shops will be held in the cities of Los Angeles and Fresno, along with an online webinar to facilitate participation from stakeholders throughout the State.

Workshop Flyer

Workshop Locations:

Webinar - June 19, 3:00-4:30 pm

Los Angeles - June 20, 6:00-8:00 pm

Fresno - June 22, 6:00-8:00 pm

SGC SALC Technical Workshop
Jun
5
Jun 22

SGC SALC Technical Workshop

The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) program is a component of the Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing and Sustainability Program (AHSC). The program supports the protection and management of California's agricultural lands through planning and permanent protection of farm and ranch lands via agricultural easements. SALC will prevent increases in GHG emissions by limiting opportunities for expansive, vehicle dependent forms of development in favor of more focused, compact, and transit oriented development within discrete growth boundaries. In future years, SALC is proposed to support farm-scale conservation management practices that further promote reductions in GHG emissions and increases in soil carbon sequestration.

The SGC would like to announce the upcoming technical workshops (multiple dates) for the 2016-2017 Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program.

For further information please review the Workshop Flyer.

RFP Released for the 2017 AHSC Technical Assistance Program
May
19
Jun 2

RFP Released for the 2017 AHSC Technical Assistance Program

California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) brings together agencies and departments within Business, Consumer Services and Housing, Transportation, Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, Food and Agriculture, and Environmental Protection, with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research to coordinate activities that support sustainable communities emphasizing strong economies, social equity and environmental stewardship. For more information about the SGC, please visit the About Us page.

Request for Proposal Released for the 2017 Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities Technical Assistance Program- Due June 2, 2017.

The Strategic Growth Council announces the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for SGC’s Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Technical Assistance Program.  If you are interested in providing technical assistance to applicants for the AHSC program, please submit a response to the SGC no later than Friday June 2, 2017.

Workgroup Meeting for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP)
May
19
10:30 am10:30

Workgroup Meeting for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP)

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) promotes clean vehicle adoption in California by offering rebates of up to $7,000 for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles, including electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles.

Teleconference Info:

Call-In #: 888-419-6653
Passcode: CVRP

Location:

CalEPA Headquarters
Conference Room 720

Healthy Soils Incentives Program Advisory Panel
May
18
9:30 am09:30

Healthy Soils Incentives Program Advisory Panel

CDFA appropriated $7.5 million in FY 2016-17 to develop and administer a new incentive and demonstration program on the CA Healthy Soils Initiative from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The objective of this new Healthy Soils Program is to build soil carbon and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Public and stakeholder input for the development of program framework will take place through public meetings of the Environmental Farming Act — Science Advisory Panel.

The next meeting of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel will take place on May 18th, 2017 in Sacramento, CA. Meeting agenda and location details are available here.

Heavy-Duty Three-Year Plan Work Group Meeting #3
May
18
9:00 am09:00

Heavy-Duty Three-Year Plan Work Group Meeting #3

Each fiscal year, CARB must submit a proposed Funding Plan to the Board for approval.  The Funding Plan serves as the blueprint for expending the AQIP funds appropriated to CARB in the State budget.  The plan establishes CARB’s priorities for the funding cycle, describes the projects CARB intends to fund, and sets funding targets for each project.  The Funding Plan is paired with regulatory guidelines to direct CARB’s implementation of the AQIP.  The Funding Plan will be updated each year and include the funding proposals and implementation details specific to each year.

Teleconference Info:

Call-In #: 800-369-1124
Passcode: 6390738

Location:

CalEPA Headquarters
Conference Room 720

Agenda (PDF - 150KB)

SALC Program Now Accepting Applications
May
1
Jun 1

SALC Program Now Accepting Applications

The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program) is now accepting applications for Agricultural Conservation Easement grants and Agricultural Land Strategy and Outcome grant. The 2016-17 SALC Program Guidelines and Request for Grant Applications are available here.

Pre-proposal deadline: June 1, 2017

Application deadline: August 1, 2017

Organizations interested in applying for funding are encouraged to submit a pre-proposal to receive technical assistance in identifying their eligibility and developing their application. Interested landowners should contact a land trust in their area to begin the application process. Visit California Council of Land Trusts to find a land trust near you!

CalRecycle Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program Application Deadline
May
1
May 25

CalRecycle Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program Application Deadline

Funds now available for the Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program. $9,000,000 is available for FY 2016-17.

Applicants can request up to $2,400,000. CalRecycle will add an additional amount equaling 25 percent of the amount approved for infrastructure expenses for performance payments. The infrastructure amount and performance payment amount will equal the total grant award. As a result, the maximum award amount per application is $3,000,000. 

CARB Grant Solicitation for Car Sharing and Mobility Options Pilot Project for FY 2016-17
May
1
May 22

CARB Grant Solicitation for Car Sharing and Mobility Options Pilot Project for FY 2016-17

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is pleased to announce a grant solicitation for an administrator to implement the Car Sharing and Mobility Options Pilot Project for FY 2016 - 17. This is one of a suite of CARB funded pilot projects that, together with committed partners, are employing innovative solutions to bring the benefits of clean transportation to disadvantaged communities that are most impacted by pollution.

 

This solicitation is open to federal, state or local government entities or agencies, California nonprofit organizations, and California Tribes. Projects must be placed in and provide benefits to eligible Disadvantaged Communities. Applications are due to CARB no later than 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Monday, May 22, 2017. The grant solicitation and all associated documents may be found on CARB’s webpage at www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/solicitations.htm.

Urban Greening Grant Program Technical Assistance Workshop Series
Mar
13
Mar 28

Urban Greening Grant Program Technical Assistance Workshop Series

The California Natural Resources Agency is excited to announce the Technical Assistance Workshop schedule for the Urban Greening Grant Program!  The final guidelines and application are expected to be released March 1, 2017.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the eight workshops. Each workshop will include a formal presentation and breakout sessions designed to provide help and guidance in preparing grant applications.

Workshop locations include Sacramento, Fresno, Coachella, Riverside, Tracy, San Diego, Oakland and Lynwood.  

CAL FIRE Landscape Scale Forest Health Concept Proposals Due
Mar
8
Apr 7

CAL FIRE Landscape Scale Forest Health Concept Proposals Due

CAL FIRE is currently accepting concept proposals which can be found with the grant guidelines at: http://www.fire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/ resource_mgt_foresthealth_grants.  

Any questions can be emailed to calfire.grants@fire.ca.gov.  A list of questions and answers will be published at the website above for all prospective applicants to see.

Concept Proposals are due by COB April 7, 2017.

SALC Guidelines Public Hearing
Mar
2
1:00 pm13:00

SALC Guidelines Public Hearing

  • California Department of Conservation

The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) program is a component of the Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing and Sustainability Program (AHSC). The program supports the protection and management of California's agricultural lands through planning and permanent protection of farm and ranch lands via agricultural easements.

Combined Work Group Meeting For Fiscal Year 2017-18 Agricultural Worker Vanpools in the San Joaquin Valley, Financing Assistance, and Clean Mobility Options Pilot Projects
Mar
1
1:30 pm13:30

Combined Work Group Meeting For Fiscal Year 2017-18 Agricultural Worker Vanpools in the San Joaquin Valley, Financing Assistance, and Clean Mobility Options Pilot Projects

  • CalEPA

The purpose of this meeting is provide a forum for public input on the development of these pilot projects for the fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program Funding Plan (FY 2017-18 Funding Plan). This meeting will follow up on concepts covered in the Light-Duty Equity Pilot Projects workgroup meeting held on February 14, 2017.

Free Small Business Certification Workshop
Feb
28
8:30 am08:30

Free Small Business Certification Workshop

  • Kern County Builder’s Exchange

The California High-Speed Rail Authority and its resource partners are hosting a Small Business Enterprise certification workshop at no cost to small businesses. The workshop will provide hands-on technical assistance for on-the-spot online certification from the California Department of General Services. Information on Federal 8(a) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certifications will also be provided. Spanish translation services will be offered during the workshop.

Transformative Climate Communities Revised Draft Guidelines Public Comment Deadline
Feb
9
Mar 13

Transformative Climate Communities Revised Draft Guidelines Public Comment Deadline

Revised Draft Scoping Guidelines for the Transformative Climate Communities Program have been made available for public comment. This document is a revised version of the Draft Scoping Guidelines that were released by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) in November 2016. Comments are due to SGC by 5:00pm on March 13, 2017.

 Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) Allocation Workshops
Feb
7
Feb 23

Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) Allocation Workshops

The California Department of Transportation, Division of Rail and Mass Transportation invites you to participate in a statewide workshops series . These workshops are designed to provide participants with the information needed to successfully complete an LCTOP application. The workshops will walk participants through the Allocation Request Form and review all required documents.

Workshop locations include San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Redding, Sacramento, San Bernadino and Santa Monica.

CDFA Healthy Soils Program Framework Public Comment Period
Feb
1
Mar 1

CDFA Healthy Soils Program Framework Public Comment Period

In partnership with the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel, CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation is seeking comments on the Healthy Soils Program framework. Key components of the framework are described in the PowerPoint presentation below. CDFA will accept comment letters until March 1, 2017. All comment letters should be sent to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov.

There will be additional opportunities to provide comments on the Healthy Soils Program following the March 16th, 2017, meeting of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel in Sacramento.

Healthy Soils Program framework (PDF)

CDFA and DWR Accepting RFPs for Joint Agricultural Water Efficiency Program
Jan
17
Apr 21

CDFA and DWR Accepting RFPs for Joint Agricultural Water Efficiency Program

This pilot grant program will combine $3 million in funding from DWR’s Proposition 1 fund, for agricultural water suppliers to pressurize the delivery of water directly to growers. This modernizes water deliveries to match technological upgrades by growers to create more efficient irrigation systems. CDFA’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program will provide an additional $3 million for growers to receive that water and utilize it through technologies such as drip, subsurface drip, and micro-sprinkler irrigation systems.

Agricultural water suppliers such as irrigation districts will be the lead applicants for the joint program and will work with agricultural operations within their service areas to prepare a proposal for funding. Grant applications will be due on April 21, 2017.