AHSC Round 6

Portal ID:
Closed (53 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
  • Loan
Last Updated:



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.   https://sgc.ca.gov/programs/ahsc/


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.   WHAT DOES AHSC FUND? 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.   WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY? 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

Eligible Applicants:

•Local Governments
(City, County, City/County)

•Local Transportation Agencies
•Public Housing Authority
•Transit Agency or Operator
•Regional Transportation Planning Agency
•Congestion Management Agency
•Joint Powers Authority

•School District
•Facilities District
•University or Community College District
 Public, Private, or Nonprofit

•Program Operator:
 Public, Private, or Nonprofit

•Qualified Tribal Entities

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, the combined amount of leveraged funds and the AHSC funding request should amount to 90% of the project's total development cost, when submitted.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
January 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
6 years

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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.
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
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another 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.

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).
  • Advance(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.