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 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 Alternative Manure Management Program accepting applications with workshops
Aug
25
to Oct 2

CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program accepting applications with workshops

**NEW** Alternative Manure Management Program now accepting applications through October 2, 2017 5:00 p.m. PDT

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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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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SGC announces Grant Funding for the Transformative Climate Communities Program
Sep
15
to Oct 18

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 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

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High Speed Rail Board Meeting
Sep
19
10:00am10:00am

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

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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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
10:00am10:00am

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 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
2:00pm 2:00pm

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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CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program Webinar on Draft Request For Grant Applications
Jul
25
10:00am10:00am

CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program Webinar on Draft Request For Grant Applications

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) 2017 Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) awards competitive grants to California dairy and livestock operations for technologies and practices that result in long - term methane emission reductions and maximize environmental benefits.

CDFA will hold this webinar to provide information on how to comment on the DRAFT Requests for Grant Applications for AMMP, and answer any questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please register for the AMMP Webinar on July 25, 2017 10:00 AM PDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1601699654189917442

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CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program Grant Applications Comment Period
Jul
21
to Aug 2

CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program Grant Applications Comment Period

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) 2017 Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) awards competitive grants to California dairy and livestock operations for technologies and practices that result in long - term methane emission reductions and maximize environmental benefits.

CDFA is accepting public and stakeholder comments on the draft Request for Grant Applications and accompanying application attachments for AMMP between July 20, 2017 and August 2, 2017. Please send your comments no later than 5:00 p.m. PDT on August 2, 2017 to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov

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

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.

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CDFA - Technical Assistance Providers for Healthy Soils Incentives Program - Applications Due
Jul
7
to Jul 20

CDFA - Technical Assistance Providers for Healthy Soils Incentives Program - Applications Due

CDFA will begin accepting applications today from non-profit organizations, California academic institutions, and California Resource Conservation Districts for grant funds to provide technical assistance to applicants for grants from the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) Incentives Program, funded by California’s cap-and-trade program.

HSP 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 disadvantaged communities.

Applicants may apply for funding between $2,500 and $5,000. Applications must meet several minimum requirements including holding at least one technical assistance workshop within a disadvantaged community, reporting on workshop attendance to CDFA, and providing computers and internet access to allow growers to complete HSP Incentives Program applications.

Organizations that wish to receive funding to provide technical assistance must access the “Technical Assistance: Request for Applications” at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/. The Request for Applications contains detailed information on eligibility and program requirements. Applications must be submitted by email no later than July 20, 2017, 5:00 p.m. PST. Grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects Applications Due
Jul
7
to Sep 7

Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects Applications Due

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.

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.

 Applications are due to CARB by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 7, 2017

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

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

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Healthy Soils Program - Webinar
Jul
6
10:00am10:00am

Healthy Soils Program - Webinar

California is the nation’s leading agricultural production state in terms of both value and crop diversity (https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/Statistics/). California’s Healthy Soils Initiative is a collaboration of state agencies and departments, led by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), to promote the development of healthy soils on California’s farm and ranchlands. Innovative farm and ranch management practices contribute to building adequate soil organic matter that can increase carbon sequestration and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Please register for Healthy Soils Program Webinar on July 6, 2017 10:00 AM PST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4952476732583472897

CDFA will hold this webinar to provide information on how to comment on the DRAFT Requests for Grant Applications for the the HSP Incentives Program and HSP Demonstration Projects, and answer any questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Healthy Soils Program Incentives Program
Jun
30
to Jul 12

Healthy Soils Program Incentives 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.

CDFA is accepting public and stakeholder comments on the draft Request for Grant Applications and accompanying application attachments for the HSP Incentives Program between June 28, 2017 and July 12, 2017. Please send your comments no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on July 12, 2017 to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov

Documents available for public comment:

  1. Draft Request for Grant Applications
  2. Appendix A: CARB Quantification Methodology and Tools
  3. Appendix B: Application Check List
  4. Appendix C: FAAST Grant Application Questions
  5. Appendix D: Work Plan Template
  6. Appendix E: Budget Worksheet
  7. Appendix F: Management Practice Payment Rates
  8. Appendix G: Year 3 Cost Sharing Summary Template
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Healthy Soils Program Quantification Methodology Comment Deadline
Jun
30
to Jul 12

Healthy Soils Program Quantification Methodology Comment Deadline

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 is accepting public and stakeholder comments on the draft Request for Grant Applications and accompanying application attachments for the HSP Demonstration Projects between June 28, 2017 and July 12, 2017. Please send your comments no later than 5: 00 p.m. PST on July 12, 2017 to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov.

Documents available for public comment:

  1. Draft Request for Grant Applications
  2. Appendix A: CARB Quantification Methodology and Tools
  3. Appendix B: Application Check List
  4. Appendix C: FAAST Grant Application Questions
  5. Appendix D: Work Plan Template
  6. Appendix E: Budget Worksheet
  7. Appendix F: Year 3 Cost Sharing Summary Template
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CDFA Dairy Digester Research and Development Program Grant Applications
Jun
28
9:00am 9:00am

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:

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Senate Bill 1 Transit Investment Workshops
Jun
26
to 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

 

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Transformative Climate Communities Draft Scoping Guidelines Workshop
Jun
19
to 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

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CARB On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects Solicitation
Jun
15
to 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.

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Lower-Income Consumers Financing Assistance Pilot Project Grant Solicitation
Jun
14
to 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.

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Draft 2017 Active Transportation Program Augmentation Guidelines
Jun
9
to 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.

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

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SGC SALC Technical Workshop
Jun
5
to 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.

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