Transformative Climate Communities Round 5 IMPLEMENTATION Grant (FY 22-23)



The TCC Program furthers the purposes of AB 32 (Nunez, 2006) and AB 2722 (Burke, 2016) by funding projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through the development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans that include multiple coordinated GHG emissions reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities.


The Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC), established by AB 2722 (Burke, 2016), invests in community-led climate resilience projects in the state’s most overburdened communities. The program objectives are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve public health and the environment, and support economic opportunity and shared prosperity. TCC’s unique, place-based strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is designed to catalyze collective impact through a combination of community-driven climate projects in a single neighborhood.

TCC Implementation Grants support an integrated set of projects within a neighborhood project area of approximately five to ten square miles. Projects must reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly over time, leverage additional funding sources, and provide health, environmental and economic benefits to the community.

TCC Planning Grants and Project Development Grants support planning and pre-development activities to prepare for future funding opportunities and advance community-led goals and projects. Please see separate Grants Portal entries for information on Planning Grants and Project Development Grants.

Since 2017, TCC has awarded $321 million in 11 Implementation Grants ranging from $9 million to $66.5 million each and $5.2 million in 25 Planning Grants ranging from $170,000 to $300,000 each. Project Development Grants are new in Round 5.

Implementation project examples include, but are not limited to:

·       Equitable housing and neighborhood development

·       Transit stations and facilities

·       Electric bicycle and car share programs

·       Solar installation

·       Water and energy efficiency installations

·       Urban greening and green infrastructure

·       Bicycle and pedestrian facilities

·       Recycling, composting, and waste reduction

·       Health and well-being projects

·       Indoor air quality projects

·       Community microgrids

·       Brownfield redevelopment

Multiple Co-Applicants are required. A diverse range of community, business and local government stakeholders must form a Collaborative Stakeholder Structure to develop a shared vision of transformation for their community. This may include:

·       Community-based organizations

·       Local governments

·       Nonprofit organizations

·       Philanthropic organizations and foundations

·       Faith-based organizations

·       Coalitions or associations of nonprofits

·       Community development finance institutions

·       Community development corporations

·       Joint powers authorities

·       California Native American Tribes

Applicants must fill out an Application Initiation Form and indicate their interest in applying for a TCC Implementation Grant by March 31, 2023. All Implementation Grant applicants are required to work with Application Technical Assistance providers to prepare their application materials.

Applicants must submit a Pre-Proposal by 5:00 p.m. PST on May 1, 2023. Though submission of a Pre-Proposal is required for all Implementation Grant Applicants, the content of the proposal will not affect evaluation of the final application or disqualify Applicants from submitting an application.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible Lead Applicants may include but are not limited to: community-based organizations, local governments, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic organizations and foundations, faith-based organizations, coalitions or associations of nonprofit organizations, community development finance institutions, community development corporations, joint powers authorities, councils of governments, and California Native American Tribes.

Eligible Geographies:

Project Areas must be designated as disadvantaged communities per the TCC Guidelines. The Guidelines contain multiple options for establishing Project Area eligibility. Project Areas for Implementation Grants must be contiguous and are limited to approximately five square miles (5 mi2) in urbanized areas, and to 10 square miles (10 mi2) in rural areas. See Section 6.4, Project Area Eligibility, of the Guidelines for more information.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Grantee must leverage additional funding sources that equate to least 50% of the total grant award. Leverage funding must be committed at the time of application submittal. Leverage funds may come from a variety of sources, such as federal, state, local public, private and/or philanthropic. Up to half of the required leverage funding may be fulfilled by new, eligible investments in the Project Area.

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 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
5 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.
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:

General Fund

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:

Grantees may request reimbursement from SGC on a bimonthly basis (every two months). Advance payments can be up to 25 percent of the total grant award, which can be provided in one payment or spread across a series of smaller installments and is to be determined in the Grant Agreement.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Jessica Ison, 1-916-758-0480,