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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program) supports the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals by making strategic investments to protect agricultural lands from conversion to land uses with more GHG-intensive purposes. Protecting critical agricultural lands from conversion to urban or rural residential development promotes smart growth within existing jurisdictions, ensures open space remains available, and supports a healthy agricultural economy and resulting food security.