Disadvantaged Communities

#DrivingClean - Light- Duty Financing Assistance in Disadvantaged Communities (Bay Area only)

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC) announced a pilot program offering residents in targeted disadvantaged communities the opportunity to purchase fuel efficient, and ultra-clean, vehicles. This project will allow CHDC to provide financial assistance (price buy-down grants and loans) opportunities enabling consumers to purchase advanced technology vehicles, which will result in immediate greenhouse gas benefits and clean transportation.

Urban Greening Grant Program

Eligible urban greening projects will reduce GHG emissions and provide multiple additional benefits, including, but not limited to, a decrease in air and water pollution or a reduction in the consumption of natural resources and energy. Eligible projects will result in the conversion of an existing built environment into green space that uses natural and green infrastructure approaches to create sustainable and vibrant communities. A competitive project will maximize opportunities to reduce GHG emissions through project design and implementation, and will incorporate green infrastructure solutions that improve the sustainability and function of existing urban hardscapes and landscapes. DUE APRIL 11, 2018.

Local Government Challenge - CEC Climate Action Planning and Energy Innovation Grants

This is a competitive grant solicitation. The California Energy Commission’s Challenge program announces the availability to local governments of up to $10.2 million in grant funds for projects that stimulate innovation in building energy efficiency and developing or implementing climate action plans. The Challenge program will encourage participation from both small and large local governments by separating funding into two categories, the Small Government Leadership Challenge and the Energy Innovation Challenge. DUE MARCH 6, 2017.

The Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program: Best Practices Pilot (SCPGIP)

Administered by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), with support from SGC, the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program Best Practices Pilot (Pilot), is an effort to support local land use planning related to climate and the State’s statutory planning priorities. SCPGIP funding in the amount of $250,000 will be available for applicants to apply for up to $50,000.

California Releaf - Urban and Community Forestry Program Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Grants from CAL FIRE

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 (Public Resources Code 4799.06-4799.12). 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.

California Releaf - 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program – Round 2

The 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which received money in the 2014-15 State Budget from the California Climate Investments Program to support projects that combat climate change. All funded projects must reduce greenhouse gasses, and either be located in, or provide benefit to, disadvantaged communities as defined by CalEnviroScreen 2.0.

California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center through IBank

The CLEEN Center provides direct public financing to Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals (MUSH) to help meet the State's goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, water conservation and environmental conservation. Financing can be funded via a combination of a direct loan from IBank or public market tax-exempt bonds in amounts from $50 thousand to $30 million (or higher with board approval).
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