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The AHSC Program furthers the purposes of AB 32 (Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006), SB 375 (Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008), and SB 32 (Chapter 249, Statutes of 2016) by investing in Projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by implementing land-use, housing, transportation, and Agricultural Land preservation practices to support infill and compact development, while supporting related and coordinated public policy objectives.


The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and the California Department of Housing and Community Development (Department) are pleased to announce the release of this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) with approximately $675 million in funds for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program (AHSC Program or Program).

The AHSC Program provides grants and loans to Localities, Developers, public housing authorities, transit agencies, transit operators, Program Operators, Tribal Entities, and other entities for Projects that achieve GHG emissions reductions to benefit Disadvantaged Communities and Low-Income Households throughout California through increasing accessibility of affordable housing, employment centers, and Key Destinations via low-carbon transportation. These investments result in fewer vehicle miles traveled (VMT) through shortened or reduced vehicle trip length or mode shift from single occupancy vehicle use to transit, bicycling, or walking.

Eligible Projects must fall into one of the following three eligible Project Area Types:

1. Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Project Areas
2. Integrated Connectivity Project (ICP) Areas
3. Rural Innovation Project Areas (RIPA)

Keywords: Disadvantaged Communities, Low-Income Households, Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Project Areas, Integrated Connectivity Project (ICP) Areas, Rural Innovation Project Areas (RIPA), Affordable Housing Development (AHD) loan, Housing Related Infrastructure (HRI) grant, Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (STI) grant, Transportation Related Amenities (TRA) grant, Programs (PGM) (or PGM Costs) grant, AHD homeownership grant,

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible applicant entities shall include any of the following:

(A) A Locality, public housing authority, redevelopment successor agency, etc. (see more in the AHSC Guidelines, Section 105)
(B) A Developer or Program Operator
(C) A Tribal Entity

Eligible Geographies:

The AHSC Program defines the eight geographic areas: Central Coast, Coastal Southern California, Inland Southern California, North State and Sierras, Sacramento Area, San Diego Area, San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley.

In addition, SGC seeks to fund one project per funding cycle to a Tribal Entity.

Also, at least 50 percent of AHSC Program expenditure for Projects must benefit Disadvantaged Communities.

Matching Funding Requirement:


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.
August 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

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.
$10,000,000 – $50,000,000
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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:

Funding for the AHSC program is provided from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), an account established to receive Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds.

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 Program funds must be disbursed in accordance with deadlines specified in the Standard Agreement, and in no event later than six years of award.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Alisha Senter, Program Manager, 1-916-776-7588, AHSC@hcd.ca.gov