Disadvantaged Communities

SGC: Climate Change Research Program

The Strategic Growth Council was allocated $18 million in California Climate Investments Program funds in the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget to administer a second round of grant awards to support the California Climate Change Technology and Solutions Initiative.

The purpose of this initiative is to invest in clean technology development and deployment to help bridge the gap to new technologies, modeling, and analysis, leading to greater greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and resilience statewide.

Community Solar Pilot Program

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.

West Oakland Zero Emission Grant Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will award up to $800,000 in funding to help owners and operators pay for a portion of the cost to purchase and deploy new on- and off-road zero-emission vehicles, infrastructure, and mobile and stationary equipment that will be operated and installed in and around West Oakland and CARE areas of Richmond and Western Alameda County. DUE 07-31-2018

Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities Project

The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) is pleased to announce its Grant Solicitation for the Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities Project. This opportunity was approved by the Board as part of the FY 2017-18 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives. Up to $150 million is available for this project, which will provide greenhouse gas (GHG), criteria pollutant, and toxic air contaminant emission reduction benefits to disadvantaged communities. At least $50 million will be reserved for projects that focus on warehouses.

Agriculture Worker Vanpools Pilot Project

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is pleased to announce a grant solicitation for an administrator to implement the Agricultural Worker Vanpools Pilot Project for FY 2016-17 and 2017-18. This is one of a suite of CARB-funded equity pilot projects that, together with committed partners, are employing innovative solutions to bring the benefits of clean transportation to low-income Californians and disadvantaged communities that are most impacted by pollution.

Better Together Resilient Communities Grant Program

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.

Community Air Grants Program

EXTENDED TO APRIL 19, 2018 - The Community Air Grants Program aims to provide support for community-based organizations to participate in the AB 617 process, and to build their own capacities to become active partners with government to identify, evaluate, and ultimately reduce air pollution and exposure to harmful emissions in their communities. The purpose of the Community Air Grants Program (Program) is to provide community-based organizations in California an additional opportunity to participate in the implementation of AB 617 and the means to acquire some logistical and technical assistance to support those participation efforts. The Program also aims to foster strong collaborative relationships between communities, air districts, CARB, and other stakeholders.

CAL FIRE Urban and Community Forestry Program

The CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry Program works to optimize the benefits of trees and related vegetation through multiple-objective projects as specified in the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978. These projects further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), result in a net greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit, and provide environmental services and cost-effective solutions to the needs of urban communities and local agencies.