AHSC Round 6

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The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program makes it easier for Californians to drive less by making sure housing, jobs, and key destinations are accessible by walking, biking, and transit.




The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities
Program (AHSC) builds healthier communities and protects
the environment by increasing the supply of affordable
places to live near jobs, stores, transit, and other daily
needs. Personal vehicle use is, by far, the most significant
source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. AHSC
reduces these emissions by funding projects that make it
easier for residents to get out of their cars and walk, bike,
or take public transit. Funded by auction proceeds from
California’s Cap-and-Trade emissions reduction program,
AHSC is administered by the Strategic Growth Council
and implemented by the California Department of Housing
and Community Development.


AHSC provides funding for affordable housing developments
(new construction or renovation) and transportation
infrastructure. This may include sustainable transportation
infrastructure, such as new transit vehicles, sidewalks, and
bike lanes; transportation-related amenities, such as bus
shelters, benches, or shade trees; and other programs that
encourage residents to walk, bike, and use public transit.


Eligible applicants include:
»» Local governments
»» Transportation and transit agencies
»» Non-profit and for-profit housing developers
»» Joint powers authorities
»» K-12 school, college and university districts
»» Federally recognized Indian tribes
Historically, most applicants have been developers of
affordable and mixed-income housing, local governments,
regional transportation agencies, and public transit
providers. Applicants are also welcome to submit joint
proposals to co-develop a project.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Housing developers, community based organizations (CBOs), transit providers, transit agencies, regional government

Eligible Geographies:

AHSC is a statewide grant program committed to geographic equity.   Project Area type targets are as follows:(A) Target forty five (45) percent of funds available as designated in the NOFA to TOD Project Area applications.(B) Target thirty five (35) percent of funds available as designated in the NOFA to ICP Project Area applications.(C) Target ten (10) percent of funds available as designated in the NOFA to RIPA applications.

Matching Funding Requirement:

AHSC requires that the Project must demonstrate a level of committed funding at time of application that is 90% or greater calculated by the following equation: (AHSC funds requested + Enforceable Funding Commitments (EFCs) – Deferred Costs)/(Total Development Cost – Deferred Costs) Simplified, between the combined amount of leveraged funds and your AHSC funding request should amount to 90% of the project's total development cost, at the.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
June 30, 2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
5 years

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$1,000,000 – $30,000,000
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Cap-and-Trade auction revenues.

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

AHSC funds both loans for affordable housing construction and grants for housing related infrastructure, transportation projects, and community programming. The housing loan is provided at the time of contract signing, shortly after awards are made, and used to close the awardee's construction loan. Grant funds are provided on a reimbursement basis.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.