Transformative Climate Communities Round 5 PLANNING 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. The Planning Grants intend to support planning activities to prepare disadvantaged communities for future funding opportunities in programs that align with the TCC Program’s objectives. Planning activities should focus on responding to planning issues or priorities that directly benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities. TCC Planning Grants support planning activities to advance community-led goals and projects.
TCC Implementation Grants and Project Development Grants support holistic neighborhood-level projects and pre-development activities, respectively, to advance community-led goals and projects. Please see separate Grants Portal entries for more information.
Some examples of eligible activities include:
-Building capacity both internally, among staff and departments, as well as externally, among stakeholders, by including the development of collaborations partnerships that connect land use development with environmental, economic and social justice priorities
-Evaluating, updating, and streamlining various policies and codes currently enforced by the Planning Department and other local departments
-Completing fiscal analyses and studies, such as conducting a fiscal impact analysis to understand long-term service costs of future development and to determine fee structures
-Preparing climate action and climate adaptation plans
-Designing or enhancing community engagement that results in innovative and meaningful programs and practices built upon the input and expertise of local public agency staff, community-based organizations, workforce development boards, and overburdened individuals and groups
-Engaging in activities that will prepare applicants to apply to a TCC Implementation Grant or other similar grant
-Identifying and preparing project sites for future development into community-serving uses, such as community land trust feasibility studies and site identification, climate resilience project identification, and planning for project readiness
-Community based organization or residents design, lead or participate in Community Health Needs Assessments
At least one Co-Applicant is required. Planning Grant Applicants must fill out an Application Initiation Form to indicate their interest in applying for a TCC Planning Grant by July 3, 2023. Applicants from Tribal Communities and Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities are eligible for Application Technical Assistance. March 31, 2023, is the priority deadline to request Application Technical Assistance via the Application Initiation Form, which will be available on the SGC website. Tribal and DUC applicants are encouraged to submit the form as soon as possible to begin receiving TA earlier in the application process; however, these applicants are eligible for extensions for this form.
- 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.
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 Planning Grants must be contiguous and may be any size and shape. See Section 6.4, Project Area Eligibility, of the Guidelines for more information on Project Area requirements.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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