SGC announces Grant Funding for the Transformative Climate Communities Program
Sep
15
to Dec 6

SGC announces Grant Funding for the Transformative Climate Communities Program

The Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program is a California Climate Investment (CCI) program administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC), and implemented by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and other partnering State agencies. The TCC Program furthers the purposes of AB 32 (Nunez, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006) and AB 2722 (Burke, Chapter 371, Statutes of 2016) by funding projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans that include multiple, coordinated GHG emissions reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities. Funding for the TCC Program is provided by Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), an account established to receive Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds.

The SGC is now accepting applications for Implementation Grants and Planning Grants through the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST) system, a web-based application, at: http://faast.waterboards.ca.gov/.

Concept Proposals for Implementation Grants must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Those applicants invited to submit a Full Application for Implementation Grants must submit their Full Application no later than midnight on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. [Date Changed]

The deadline to submit the applications for the TCC Planning Grants remains November 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

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CDFA Now Accepting Proposals on New Management Practices for the Healthy Soils Program
Nov
13
to Dec 18

CDFA Now Accepting Proposals on New Management Practices for the Healthy Soils Program

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.

Request for Proposals: Consideration of New Management Practices for Funding through the Healthy Soils Program.

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SGC announces workshops and requests input on the new Climate Change Research Program
Nov
17
to Nov 29

SGC announces workshops and requests input on the new Climate Change Research Program

Assembly Bill 109 allocated $11 million in Cap-and-Trade funds to the Strategic Growth Council for the development of a climate change research program. The Research Investment Plan will guide the development and implementation of this program. The first sections of the document outline program goals, research priorities, and program structure. The last section of the document, still under development, will provide detail on program administration and application guidelines.

Read the Climate Change Research Program Draft Research Investment Plan

This draft Research Investment Plan for the Climate Change Research Program is being released for public comment on November 15, 2017. The SGC will convene a webinar and three workshops to gather public input on this plan. See the workshop flyer for more information.

The SGC will accept written public comments through Friday, December 15, 2017. Revisions will be made to provide greater clarity on the SGC’s vision for the program and to reflect public comments that are received. Please submit comments via email to: research@sgc.ca.gov

Or, you may submit comments via postal mail to:

Strategic Growth Council
ATTN: Elizabeth Grassi
1400 Tenth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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CARB to hold Public Meeting for Approval of the Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives for FY 2017-18
Dec
14
9:00 AM09:00

CARB to hold Public Meeting for Approval of the Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives for FY 2017-18

The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) will conduct a public meeting at the time and place noted below to consider the approval of Proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives (FY 2017-18 Funding Plan).

DATE: December 14, 2017
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION: California Environmental Protection Agency
California Air Resources Board
Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814

This item will be considered at a meeting of the Board, which will commence at 9:00 a.m., December 14, 2017, and may continue at 8:30 a.m., on December 15, 2017. Please consult the agenda for the meeting, which will be available at least ten days before December 14, 2017, to determine the day on which this item will be considered.

https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/meetings/meetings.htm

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CalSTA announces TIRCP Rebuilding California Rail and Transit Grants
Jan
12
11:30 AM11:30

CalSTA announces TIRCP Rebuilding California Rail and Transit Grants

The California State Transportation Agency is now accepting applications for the next round of Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) awards and the first round of State Rail Assistance (SRA) Programs awards. These grants combined will provide about $2.5 billion over the next five years to transit and rail operators across the state.

By statute, the next round of TIRCP will be a five-year program.  Project applications will be due in January of 2018. Senate Bill 1 (SB 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.  With SB 1 funding and base funding from California Climate Investments, the five-year program is anticipated to be $2.4 billion. The competitive program aims to increase ridership on the statewide transit and rail network and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Eligible applicants include public agencies that operate existing or planned intercity rail, commuter passenger rail, urban rail transit, bus, ferry, or vanpool services. Applicants may also partner with other transit operators to provide better integrated service across two or more providers.

All projects must demonstrate that they will achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in order to be eligible. Grant recipients must also show benefits such as improved transit ridership, integration with other rail and transit systems, including high-speed rail, and improved rail safety. The program has a goal of providing at least 25 percent of benefits to disadvantaged communities in California, and last year more than 95 percent of project funds were awarded to projects that benefited disadvantaged communities.

TIRCP applications must be submitted electronically to tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov by January 12, 2018. The Transportation Agency will announce the grant recipients by April 30, 2018.

Senate Bill 1 created the State Rail Assistance Program by directing a portion of new revenue specifically to intercity rail and commuter rail.  This revenue is estimated to be $25 million in 2017-18, $39 million in 2018-19, and $41 million in 2019-20.  The majority of program funding is directed by statutory formula to rail operators, with guidelines defining process and timeline for agencies to obtain funding. The applications requested in this round facilitate access to formula determined funding levels.

The TIRCP official Call for Projects, with detailed information about application requirements, is located here. Program Guidelines are located here.

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High-Speed Rail Authority Monthly Meeting
Nov
15
9:30 AM09:30

High-Speed Rail Authority Monthly Meeting

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.

Board Meeting October 15, begins at 9:30 a.m.

http://hsr.ca.gov/Board/monthly_brdmtg.html

Source:: http://hsr.ca.gov/Board/monthly_brdmtg.html

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Caltrans Announces LCTOP Draft Guidelines Workshops
Nov
9
to Nov 16

Caltrans Announces LCTOP Draft Guidelines Workshops

The LCTOP was created to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities. Approved projects in LCTOP will support new or expanded bus or rail services, expand intermodal transit facilities, and may include equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance and other costs to operate those services or facilities, with each project reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For agencies whose service area includes disadvantaged communities, at least 50 percent of the total moneys received shall be expended on projects that will benefit disadvantaged communities. Senate Bill 862 continuously appropriates five percent of the annual auction proceeds in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (Fund) for LCTOP, beginning in 2015-16.

November 9, 2017 *Date Change* - LCTOP Draft Guidelines Workshop (Joint Workshop with SB 1 State of Good Repair) 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Fresno Council of Governments

November 16, 2017 - LCTOP Draft Guidelines Workshop 10:00AM at the San Bernardino Council Transportation Authority (1170 W. 3rd Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410)

Comments Due November 22

http://www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/splctop.html

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CalSTA and Caltrans hosting TIRCP pre-application meetings
Nov
6
to Nov 14

CalSTA and Caltrans hosting TIRCP pre-application meetings

The California State Transportation Agency is now accepting applications for the next round of Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) awards.

By statute, the next round of TIRCP will be a five-year program.  Project applications will be due in January of 2018. Senate Bill 1 (SB 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.  With SB 1 funding and base funding from California Climate Investments, the five-year program is anticipated to be $2.4 billion. The competitive program aims to increase ridership on the statewide transit and rail network and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

TIRCP applications must be submitted electronically to tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov by January 12, 2018. The Transportation Agency will announce the grant recipients by April 30, 2018.

The TIRCP official Call for Projects, with detailed information about application requirements, is located here. Program Guidelines are located here.

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CSD Community Solar Pilot Workshops
Nov
1
to Nov 8

CSD Community Solar Pilot Workshops

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) is hosting a series of workshops in Fresno, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, promoting awareness for their Community Solar Pilot Project. CSD intends to make up to $5 million available to fund community solar projects that benefit local, low-income constituencies. The purpose of these workshops is to:

Build an awareness of Community Solar; Inform interested parties of the opportunity to respond to an upcoming Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA); and Foster partnerships among prospective bidders.

These workshops will take place during the first two weeks of November. Please see schedule below and select which workshop you would like to attend in the registration section.

SACRAMENTO

Wednesday, November 1
6:00 - 7:30 PM

CA Dept. of Community Services and Development (CSD)
2389 Gateway Oaks, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA95833

LOS ANGELES

Monday, November 6
6:00 - 7:30 PM

La Kretz Innovation Campus *LOCATION CHANGED*
525 S. Hewitt Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

FRESNO

Wednesday, November 8
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Hugh M. Burns State Building
2550 Mariposa Mall, Assembly Room 1036
Fresno, CA93721

Workshop Information

CSD is inviting individuals from many pertinent areas of community solar, including solar project developers, local governments, community organizations, utility companies, affordable housing developers, investors, and others. By bringing these individuals and groups together, we hope to encourage partnerships that can lead to innovative and impactful project proposals.

In addition to presenting general project information, these workshops will include roundtable discussions on key topic areas, such as building partnerships, financing, and community development strategies.

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California Strategic Growth Council Meeting - AHSC and TCC Actions
Oct
23
1:00 PM13:00

California Strategic Growth Council Meeting - AHSC and TCC Actions

Please join us for the next Strategic Growth Council Meeting on October 23! It will take place in CalEPA’s Coastal Hearing Room from 1:00-4:00 PM and will include discussion of SGC's new Climate Change Research program and an overview of new housing legislation, among other items. Meeting materials were posted on October 13. We look forward to seeing you there!

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High Speed Rail Monthly Board Meeting
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

High Speed Rail Monthly Board Meeting

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.

Board Meeting October 19, begins at 9 a.m.

http://hsr.ca.gov/Board/monthly_brdmtg.html

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CalSTA releases 2018 Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program Guidelines
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

CalSTA releases 2018 Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program Guidelines

The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) was created by Senate Bill (SB) 862 (Chapter 36, Statutes of 2014) and modified by Senate Bill 9 (Chapter 710, Statutes of 2015) to provide grants from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to fund transformative capital improvements that will modernize California’s intercity, commuter, and urban rail systems, and bus and ferry transit systems to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by reducing congestion and vehicle miles traveled throughout California.

2018 Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program Guidelines

These guidelines describe the policy, standards, criteria, and procedures for the development, adoption and management of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program. The guidelines were developed in consultation with the California Air Resources Board, the California Transportation Commission (Commission), the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the Strategic Growth Council, and were informed by input received both in writing and through in‐person workshops in the summer and fall of 2017.

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Public Workshop on the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives
Oct
4
9:30 AM09:30

Public Workshop on the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives

The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) invites you to participate in a public workshop on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives. The FY 2017-18 Funding Plan will describe CARB’s proposed investments from the following clean transportation incentive funding sources:

  • The $28.64 million Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).
  • $25 million Volkswagen settlement funding for the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) aspects of vehicle replacement programs.
  • The new $50 million Zero/Near-Zero Emission Warehouse Program created by Senate Bill (SB) 132 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Chapter 7, Statutes of 2017).
  • The $560 million proposed appropriation for Low Carbon Transportation Program using Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds currently pending before the Legislature.

Additional proposed Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds funding for two new CARB incentive programs is also pending before the Legislature: one to reduce agricultural sector emissions and another for air districts to reduce emissions to achieve early actions for the community emission reduction programs developed pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017). These new programs are outside of the scope of this workshop and the FY 2017-18 Clean Transportation Incentives Funding Plan. CARB will launch separate public processes focused for these new programs shortly.

The meeting will be held at the following time and place:

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Place: Cal/EPA Headquarters Building

Sierra Hearing Room, Second Floor

1001 I Street

Sacramento, California 95814

This meeting will be webcast for those unable to attend in person. The broadcast can be accessed on the day of the workshop at https://video.calepa.ca.gov/. Information on submitting comments will be provided during the webcast for remote participants.

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SGC and HCD Announce Round 3 AHSC Application Workshops
Oct
2
to Oct 12

SGC and HCD Announce Round 3 AHSC Application Workshops

You are invited to join the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for the upcoming Round 3 AHSC Application Workshops.

The first half of the day, AHSC Program staff will present on the AHSC 2016-2017 Program Guidelines, Scoring Criteria, and Greenhouse Gas Quantification Methodology, as well as walk through the AHSC Application, followed by a Q&A session. The second half of the day, AHSC Program staff will hold appointments with applicants who wish to schedule a time to go over their potential Projects. Please fill out the following survey with your availability if you would like to schedule an appointment with AHSC Program staff: http://bit.ly/2xPob9J

SGC and HCD look forward to your attendance at the Application workshops, which will be held in October in Sacramento, Fresno, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego. Please note that the Los Angeles and San Francisco workshops will hold the morning presentation in a different location than the afternoon appointments. Please register for the workshops using the links below. We request that you limit registrations to no more than two people per organization in order to allow representatives from other entities to attend. For those who cannot attend, the Sacramento workshop will be recorded and posted onto the SGC Website.

Please send all questions to ahsc@sgc.ca.gov. To request translation services, please contact us by Wednesday, September 27th.

Workshop Notice

To register for a workshop click the links below. 

Sacramento

Fresno

San Francisco

Los Angeles

Riverside

San Diego

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SGC Announces Transformative Climate Communities Program Concept Proposal Consultations
Oct
2
to Oct 12

SGC Announces Transformative Climate Communities Program Concept Proposal Consultations

Applicants to the TCC Program will be able to sign up to receive a consultation with TCC Program Staff to review their Concept Proposals. Consultations will be available to applicants based on the City in which their proposed project is located, according to the following schedule:

October 2: Fresno

October 9, 10: Proposals from Los Angeles

October 11,12: Proposals from eligible TCC Cities listed in Appendix B of the TCC Program Guidelines

If you would like to schedule an appointment with the TCC Program Staff please send an email to: tcc@sgc.ca.gov. and visit us at: http://sgc.ca.gov/

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High Speed Rail Board Meeting
Sep
19
10:00 AM10:00

High Speed Rail Board Meeting

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.

Board Meeting September 19, begins at 10 a.m.

http://hsr.ca.gov/Board/monthly_brdmtg.html

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CalSTA Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program releases formal Draft Guidelines
Aug
31
to Oct 5

CalSTA Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program releases formal Draft Guidelines

The California State Transportation Agency would like to invite public comment on the formal draft guidelines for the next round of Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) awards and the first round of State Rail Assistance (SRA) Program awards either in writing or at public workshops.

CalSTA welcomes input from all stakeholders, and there will be multiple opportunities to provide input on these formal draft guidelines. For those wishing to provide public comment on both final draft guidelines, there are workshops scheduled in both Los Angeles (September 29) and Sacramento (October 2). Time and location information on the workshops will be announced shortly. CalSTA also welcomes written comments, which can be submitted to the program email account for each program:  tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov or sra@calsta.ca.gov.

Comments on the formal draft guidelines are requested by October 5, and can be made in writing or in person at the workshops.

The final draft TIRCP guidelines can be found at: http://calsta.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2017/08/TIRCP-2018-Formal-Draft-Guidelines.pdf

The final draft SRA guidelines can be found at: http://calsta.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2017/08/Formal-Draft-SRA-Guidelines.pdf

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CARB updates Quantification Material Website to include co-benefits
Aug
25
1:30 PM13:30

CARB updates Quantification Material Website to include co-benefits

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is required to develop quantification methods for agencies receiving Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) appropriations per SB 862 (Senate budget and Fiscal Review Committee, Chapter 36, statutes of 2014).  All California Climate Investments (CCI) must reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. CARB is responsible for providing guidance on quantifying GHG emission reductions and co-benefits from all CCI projects.  The table below provides links to CARB quantification methodologies and calculator tools developed in consultation with administering agencies through a public process.  CARB staff periodically update methodologies to make them more robust, user-friendly, and appropriate to the projects being quantified.

In addition to GHG emission reductions, FY 2017-18 quantification methodologies are being developed to also estimate air pollutant emissions and other key variables.  New or updated methodologies will be posted below as necessary.  CARB continues to develop methods to assess additional social, economic, and environmental co-benefits achieved by CCI projects. More information on CCI co-benefits, including assessment methods can be found at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/cobenefits.htm.

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CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program accepting applications with workshops
Aug
25
to Oct 16

CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program accepting applications with workshops

**NEW** Alternative Manure Management Program now accepting applications through October 16, 2017 5:00 p.m. PDT (Extended)

Application Materials::

Request for Grant Applications

Appendix I: Required Attachments to the Application

Appendix II: Reference Documents to Assist Preparation of Application

 

CDFA Application Assistance Workshop Schedule:

This meeting will also be available as a webinar for remote attendees. Register for the CDFA AMMP Application Assistance Workshop on September 14, 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/298705808159550978 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

  • 1. Eureka – Thursday, September 7, 2017
    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Humboldt County Agricultural Commissioner
    5630 S. Broadway
    Eureka, CA 95501
  • 2. Santa Rosa – Friday, September 8, 2017
    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner
    133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 110
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • 3. Modesto – Thursday, September 14, 2017
    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    ABC Room
    Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner
    3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite B
    Modesto, CA 95358
  • 4. Tulare – Friday, September 15, 2017
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner
    4437 S Laspina
    Tulare, CA 93274
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CARB releases 2017 Draft Funding Guidelines for Agencies that Administer California Climate Investments
Aug
22
to Aug 31

CARB releases 2017 Draft Funding Guidelines for Agencies that Administer California Climate Investments

CARB staff has released the 2017 Draft Funding Guidelines for Agencies that Administer California Climate Investments that reflect the legislative requirements of AB 1550 (Gomez, Chapter 369, Statutes of 2016) and feedback from stakeholders on the existing program from prior years of implementation. CARB staff will be hosting a series of community meetings and a workshop to discuss the draft document and receive public comment. CARB staff has also opened a comment log to receive written public comments on the draft document.

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CalSTA Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program Discussion Draft
Aug
18
to Aug 23

CalSTA Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program Discussion Draft

CalSTA also welcomes written comments, which can be submitted to the program email account for each program: tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov or sra@calsta.ca.gov.  Comments are requested on the discussion draft no later than August 23 to be incorporated into the next public draft.

The final draft guidelines will be posted on August 28, and after a 30-day public review period, CalSTA will hold public workshops on September 29 and October 2.  Comments on the final draft guidelines are requested by October 5, and can be made in writing or in person at the workshops.

The draft discussion TIRCP guidelines can be found at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/docs/sptircp/2018ddguidelines.pdf.

The draft discussion SRA guidelines can be found at: http://calsta.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2017/08/Discussion-Draft-SRA-Guidelines.pdf

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CalSTA Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program: Rail and Transit Guideline Workshops
Aug
18
to Aug 21

CalSTA Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program: Rail and Transit Guideline Workshops

The California State Transportation Agency would like to invite you to join us at workshops to discuss guidelines for the next round of Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) awards and the first round of State Rail Assistance (SRA) Program awards.  This is an opportunity for applicants and other stakeholders to learn more about the programs and timelines, and provide input for program guidelines.

Senate Bill 1 created the State Rail Assistance Program by directing a portion of new revenue specifically to intercity rail and commuter rail.  This revenue is estimated to be $25 million in 2017-18, $39 million in 2018-19, and $41 million in 2019-20.  The majority of program funding is directed by statutory formula to rail operators, with guidelines defining process and timeline for agencies to obtain funding.

CalSTA welcomes input from all stakeholders, and there will be multiple opportunities to provide input on these draft guidelines in both discussion and finalized form. For those wishing to provide public comment on the discussion draft guidelines, there are two workshops scheduled:

Los Angeles
August 18, 2017
Los Angeles MTA
Gateway Room
One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA90012
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Sacramento
August 21, 2017
Caltrans TransLab & via webinar
TransLab Auditorium
5900 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA95819
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

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

CalSTA also welcomes written comments, which can be submitted to the program email account for each program: tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov or sra@calsta.ca.gov.  Comments are requested on the discussion draft no later than August 23 to be incorporated into the next public draft.

The final draft guidelines will be posted on August 28, and after a 30-day public review period, CalSTA will hold public workshops on September 29 and October 2.  Comments on the final draft guidelines are requested by October 5, and can be made in writing or in person at the workshops.

The draft discussion TIRCP guidelines can be found at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/docs/sptircp/2018ddguidelines.pdf.

The draft discussion SRA guidelines can be found at: http://calsta.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2017/08/Discussion-Draft-SRA-Guidelines.pdf

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CTC announces awards for the Active Transportation Program for FY 2016-17
Aug
16
to Aug 17

CTC announces awards for the Active Transportation Program for FY 2016-17

On September 26, 2013, Governor Brown signed legislation creating the Active Transportation Program (ATP) in the Department of Transportation (Senate Bill 99, Chapter 359 and Assembly Bill 101, Chapter 354). The ATP consolidates existing federal and state transportation programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), and State Safe Routes to School (SR2S), into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation. The ATP administered by the Division of Local Assistance, Office of Active Transportation and Special Programs.

The purpose of ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by achieving the following goals:
   - Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking,
   - Increase safety and mobility for non-motorized users,
   - Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals, pursuant to SB 375 (0f 2008) and SB 341 (of 2009),
   - Enhance public health,
   - Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program, and
   - Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users.

At the August 2017 CTC meeting the Commission voted to award the 3 GGRF staff recommendation projects. To see the award list click the following link
http://catc.ca.gov/activities/atp/2017/docs/2017-atp-ggrf-staff-recommendations-073117.pdf

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High Speed Rail Monthly Meeting
Aug
16
10:00 AM10:00

High Speed Rail Monthly Meeting

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.

August 16 Meeting Agenda

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CDFA Healthy Soils Program Demonstration Projects and Incentives Program Application Assistance Workshops
Aug
15
to Aug 25

CDFA Healthy Soils Program Demonstration Projects and Incentives Program Application Assistance Workshops

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.

CDFA Application Assistance Workshop Schedule::

1. Sacramento – Tuesday, August 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

This meeting will also be available as a webinar for remote attendees.
Register for CDFA Healthy Soils Program Application Assistance Workshop on
Aug 15, 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6845587266649472769
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2. Orland – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Board Room
Glenn County Farm Bureau
831 5th St, Orland, CA 95963

3. Fresno – Thursday, August 24, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
American Pistachio Growers
Conference Room, First Floor
9 River Park Place East, Ste 410
Fresno, CA 93720

4. Ventura – Friday, August 25, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
California Room
University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Ventura County
669 County Square Drive Suite 100
Ventura CA 93003-9028

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CDFA Healthy Soils Program: Demonstration Projects accepting Applications
Aug
14
to Sep 19

CDFA Healthy Soils Program: Demonstration Projects accepting Applications

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP). The program, authorized by the Budget Act of 2016, receives funding from California Climate Investments, with proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions targeted to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while providing a variety of additional benefits to California communities.

For the HSP Demonstration Projects, an estimated $3 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to projects that demonstrate and monitor specific management practices in agriculture that sequester carbon, improve soil health and reduce atmospheric GHGs. Not-for-profit entities, University Cooperative Extensions, Federal and University Experiment Stations, Resource Conservation Districts, Federal and California recognized Native American Indian Tribes, and farmers and ranchers in collaboration with any of the aforementioned entities, are eligible to apply for the HSP Demonstration Projects.

For detailed information on eligibility and program requirements, prospective applicants should visit the CDFA Healthy Soils Program website at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/. To streamline and expedite the application process, CDFA is partnering with the State Water Resources Control Board, which hosts an online application tool, Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST). All prospective applicants must register for a FAAST account at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov. Applications and all supporting information must be submitted electronically using FAAST by September 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. PT.

The HSP Demonstration Projects is now accepting applications through 5:00 p.m. PDT, September 19, 2017.

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CDFA Healthy Soils Program: Incentives Program accepting Applications
Aug
14
to Sep 19

CDFA Healthy Soils Program: Incentives Program accepting Applications

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP). The program, authorized by the Budget Act of 2016, receives funding from California Climate Investments, with proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions targeted to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while providing a variety of additional benefits to California communities.

For the HSP Incentives Program, an estimated $3.75 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance for implementation of agricultural management practices that sequester soil carbon and reduce GHG emissions. California farmers and ranchers, as well as Federal and California recognized Native American Indian Tribes, are eligible to apply for the HSP Incentives Program.

For detailed information on eligibility and program requirements, prospective applicants should visit the CDFA Healthy Soils Program website at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/. To streamline and expedite the application process, CDFA is partnering with the State Water Resources Control Board, which hosts an online application tool, Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST). All prospective applicants must register for a FAAST account at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov. Applications and all supporting information must be submitted electronically using FAAST by September 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. PT.

The HSP Incentives Program is now accepting applications through 5:00 p.m. PDT, September 19, 2017.

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CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program Request for Technical Assistance Providers
Aug
11
to Aug 16

CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program Request for Technical Assistance Providers

Non-profit organizations, CA Resource Conservation Districts and CA academic institutions are invited to apply for funding to provide technical assistance to potential applicants with their Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) applications. Please refer to the AMMP Technical Assistance Workshops Grants Request for Applications below for details. Applications should be submitted to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. PDT on August 16, 2017.

Technical assistance will be made available through a $100,000 partnership grant between CDFA and the Strategic Growth Council to achieve the mutual objective of providing technical assistance to AMMP applicants.

Press release announcing availability of Technical Assistance Workshops Grant

AMMP Technical Assistance Workshops Grant Request for Applications

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CARB Woodsmoke Reduction Program Draft Program Guidelines
Aug
11
to Aug 21

CARB Woodsmoke Reduction Program Draft Program Guidelines

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) Woodsmoke Reduction Program (Program) will offer financial incentives for homeowners to replace old, inefficient, and highly polluting wood stoves with cleaner burning and more efficient home heating devices. California residents using uncertified wood stoves or inserts as their primary heat source will be eligible for incentives towards the purchase and installation of qualifying devices. The incentive amount will vary depending on the location of the residence and the household income, with some households qualifying for the full replacement cost.

Draft Program Guidelines and Draft Quantification Methodology for the Woodsmoke Reduction Program are available for public review and comment.

To submit comments on the Draft Program Guidelines, please email us at WoodsmokeReduction@arb.ca.gov.

To submit comments on the Draft Quantification Methodology, please email us at GGRFProgram@arb.ca.gov.

To help us serve you better, please provide the following information: name and company/industry (if applicable), contact information, and your question or comment. The public comment period will close on August 21, 2017.

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California Transportation Commission releases Staff Recommendations for the Active Transportation Program
Jul
31
2:00 PM14:00

California Transportation Commission releases Staff Recommendations for the Active Transportation Program

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

The Commission Staff Recommendations for the Active Transportation Program for FY 2016-17 are now available. 

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SGC Announces Technical Assistance for the Concept Phase of the Transformative Climate Communities Program
Jul
28
to Sep 4

SGC Announces Technical Assistance for the Concept Phase of the Transformative Climate Communities Program

The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is pleased to announce that technical assistance (TA) for the concept phase of the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program is now available for applicants intending to apply for TCC Implementation Grants. Applicants intending to apply for a TCC Planning Grant are not eligible for TCC TA.

During this phase of TA, the SGC’s goal is to help eligible applicants develop competitive Concept Proposals for the TCC Program. All TA will be facilitated through a third-party Technical Assistance Provider selected by the SGC. These services are offered at no cost to the TA recipient. The SGC will be responsible for allocating TA resources and services.

To be eligible to receive Concept Proposal TA, applicants must demonstrate they can meet the Applicant and Project Area requirements outlined in Section II. A by the deadline to submit Concept Proposals.

If interested in receiving Concept Proposal TA, applicants must respond to the online questionnaire which can be accessed through the link below by September 4, 2017.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCC_Technical_Assistance_Questionnaire_Phase1_ImplementationGrants

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CSD releases Request for Information for Community Solar Pilot for FY 2016-17
Jul
28
to Aug 23

CSD releases Request for Information for Community Solar Pilot for FY 2016-17

The Department of Community Services and Development (CSD)-administered solar programs for qualifying low-income Californians are part of California's Climate Investments that reduce greenhouse gases while also delivering economic, environmental, and public health benefits. 

By design, the solar programs leverage state Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds under the Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds,  utility‑funded incentives, and other similar resources to increase the health and safety benefits of weatherization services to low-income families.

CSD invites interested parties to provide feedback on the design of a proposed Community Solar Pilot that would be developed under LIWP. The information sought through this RFI will inform the development of a Community Solar Pilot program model and procurement.

Community Solar Pilot Request for Information (RFI)

 

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SGC releases Transformative Climate Communities Program Fourth Revision Draft Guidelines
Jul
28
to Aug 2

SGC releases Transformative Climate Communities Program Fourth Revision Draft Guidelines

Through 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.

Over the next few months, the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) will be engaging in a dialogue about how to leverage these investments, in combination with public agencies, community groups, foundations, businesses, financial institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and all interested parties to be truly transformative.

We want to use this State investment as a catalyst for a larger discussion and a much larger overall investment in our communities. That requires your input and engagement.

The deadline to submit written comments is Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by 5:00 pm. Please submit public comments to tccpubliccomments@sgc.ca.gov or by mail to the Strategic Growth Council, ATTN: Tabetha Willmon, 1400 Tenth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 . The SGC intends to consider public comments received as a result of this solicitation, and will prepare proposed final guidelines for consideration by the Council. We thank you for your participation in shaping the draft TCC Program framework and guidelines, and look forward to your continued engagement.

TCC Draft Guidelines Memo-July 26,2017
July 2017--Draft Scoping Guidelines
 

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