California voters passed the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) on June 5, 2018. Proposition 68 authorized the Legislature to appropriate $37 million to the California Natural Resources Agency (the “State”) for competitive grants that protect, restore, and enhance California’s cultural, community and natural resources. This resulted in the Cultural, Community and Natural Resources (“CCNR”) Grant Program.
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The Air District’s Climate Tech Finance program offers subsidized financing for public and private facilities to adopt emerging technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Public-sector facilities can apply for loans ranging from $500,000 to $30 million, over up to 30-year terms.
Small businesses can apply for loan guarantees on loans of up to $20 million, with a maximum guarantee of $2.5 million. Projects may be eligible for up to 90 percent guarantees through this program.
Caltrans is pleased to release the FY 2019-20 Grant Application Guides and call-for-applications for State and federal funding, as well as grant funding from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017.
The Sustainable Communities Grants will provide $29.5 million in funding to local and regional multimodal transportation and land use planning projects that further local Sustainable Communities Strategies, contribute to the State’s GHG reduction targets, and also assist in achieving the Caltrans Mission and Grant Program Overarching Objectives.
The Community Solar Pilot Program is a new program administered by the Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) to provide solar energy benefits to low-income households. With program oversight and direction provided by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), CSD will provide up to $5 million in funding for two or more community solar projects for the purposes of making the benefits of solar energy more available to eligible low-income households, lowering residents’ energy bills, and providing co-benefits to communities, including economic and workforce development.
The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that the application process has opened for the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP). The ORLP is a nationally competitive grant program funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The ORLP offers nationally competitive grants specifically to help create and improve state and locally-owned park and other outdoor recreation areas in ways that will help the public to access or re-connect with the outdoors, particularly in city neighborhoods that lack parks and recreational opportunities.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $587 million in grants to eligible entities to address economic challenges in disaster-impacted areas. These grants will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and wildfires and other 2017 natural disasters. EDA disaster grants will be made by regional offices under the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which can support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities.
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) is a Congressionally designated advisory council to the Secretary of Agriculture on urban forestry and related issues. The 1990 Farm Bill created NUCFAC to bring together the wide variety of voices raised about a common concern: the present health and future preservation of America's urban forests. NUCFAC was founded to synthesize the full spectrum of views into a consistent vision, as a foundation for practical policy on urban forestry and related natural resources.
From extreme weather to rising sea levels, the threat that climate change poses to communities across California is becoming all too apparent. In an effort to promote local resilience to climate change, PG&E is investing $2 million over five years, which began in 2017, through the Better Together Resilient Communities grant program to support local climate resilience initiatives. PG&E has chosen extreme heat events as the focus for the 2018 grant program.