The Regional Climate Collaboratives (RCC) Program is a capacity building grant program for under-resourced communities that enables cross-sectoral partners to deepen their relationships and develop processes, plans, and projects that will drive and sustain climate action. RCC seeks to strengthen local coordination, leadership, knowledge, and skills with a focus on increasing access to funding resources for project planning and implementation.


The program funds Collaboratives to conduct place-based capacity building activities, within a three-year grant term, that support under-resourced communities in accessing funding and resources to plan and implement climate mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency projects. These place-based activities will both align with and inform regional priorities and efforts. RCC does not fund built infrastructure.

Eligible capacity building activities include, but are not limited to, the following:Conduct outreach and build awareness of competitive grant programs; Convene stakeholders to discuss community needs regarding potential climate change mitigation and adaptation projects; Develop community and project plans, demonstrating local needs and identifying multiple-benefit projects for implementation; Support the development of partnerships between stakeholders and potential public and private funding sources; Provide policy, program, and technical advice to stakeholders and align multi-benefit projects with potential funding resources; Serve as an intermediary between community stakeholders and technical assistance programs within relevant agencies and coordinate scientific and technical support from outside experts; Coordinate and implement assistance and training to stakeholders in grant application development, project management, implementation, and monitoring; Assist in the development of local job training and anti-displacement programs and policies

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

A diverse range of stakeholders must form a Collaborative and collectively to develop and submit one application. This may include, but is not limited to, the following applicant types: » California Native American Tribes» Community-based organizations» Foundations» Joint powers athorities» Local governments» Nonprofits» Small businesses» Other organizations with a history of providing community-based outreach and technical assistance

Eligible Geographies:

The RCC Program welcomes applications from all geographic areas of the state. The program does have a focus on under-resourced communities, which are those identified as disadvantaged by the California Environmental Protection Agency, OR designated as low income per AB 1550, OR communities with a median household income less than 80% of the statewide average.

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.
December 15, 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
3 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.
$500,000 – $1,750,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
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:

RCC is part of the state’s Climate Budget (Senate Bill 170), which funds ambitious measures to build climate adaptation and resilience through planning, research, capacity building, restoration, and sustainable infrastructure. The Program was created by Senate Bill (SB) 1072 (Leyva, Chapter 377, Statutes of 2018)

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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

25% of the grant award can be provided via advanced payment. 

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Ena Lupine, 1-916-324-9775,