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California Strategic Growth Council Announces $320M for Housing & Transportation Projects

The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program provides grants and/or loans to both public agencies and private developers for projects throughout California that will achieve GHG reductions and benefit Disadvantaged Communities through increased accessibility of affordable housing, employment centers and key destinations via low-carbon transportation. For more information about the program CLICK HERE.

AHSC Grant Assistance Workshops

The Strategic Growth Council is providing a number of workshops and one-on-one consultations on AHSC Program Guidelines and requirements for Concept Application. For workshop dates, locations and registration information CLICK HERE.

Concept Application Deadline: March 16, 2016
Eligibility: California Public Agencies, Developers or Program Operators (see Section C of NOFA).
Award: Maximum grant/loan funds available per project is $20 million. A single developer may receive no more than $40 million per NOFA funding cycle (see Section D of NOFA).
More Information: Download the NOFA HERE, and the program guidelines are available HERE.

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Direct Grant Application Support from CCLR

Last year the Center for Creative Land Recycling’s direct grant application support resulted in the award of over $13 million in AHSC grant funds to infill projects in both urban and rural communities. Concept applications are due March 16, so if you are considering applying but have questions about the program orlack the resources to put together a competitive application, contact us today at or 415.398.1080 x102 and we’ll put our expertise to work for you.

$90,000 in Funding Available for Preservation Along Route 66 Corridor


The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program provides financial assistance in the form of competitive, cost-share grants for building, structures, road segments, and cultural landscapes along the length of the Route 66 corridor covering Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Cost-share grants are also available for planning, research, and education initiatives related to the preservation of Route 66.

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Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

Eligibility: Private individuals and business owners, non-profit organizations, education institutions, local government agencies, state government agencies, and tribal government agencies.

Funding Available: The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is $90,000. Awards will range between $5,000 and $30,000.

More Information: To view the announcement of funding availability CLICK HERE; To view the guidelinesCLICK HERE.

Policy in Review

California Supreme Court Rejects “Reverse CEQA” Analysis

Last month the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the environmental impact review (EIR) of a project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) must focus on a project’s impact on the environment “and not the environment’s impact on the project,” ruling that such reverse CEQA analyses would “impermissibly expand the scope of CEQA.” The Court’s ruling invalidates controversial CEQA thresholds published by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in 2010 which would have required every new residential or mixed use project in the Bay Area to conduct, as part of their CEQA review, an analysis of the impact of existing air pollution sources on future residents, pushing many into lengthy and costly full EIRs and exposing them to additional NIMBY opposition. This is of particular concern to infill and transit-oriented developments, which, according to a recent study by Holland & Knight, suffer a disproportionately high burden of CEQA lawsuits. CLICK HERE for more on the Supreme Court decision.

Other Resources & Deadlines

U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement


The funding provided through the EJCPS Cooperative Agreement will be awarded to community-based organizations to support collaboration and partnerships with industry, government, academia, and other stakeholders so as to develop and implement solutions that address local environmental and public health issues. Organizations are encouraged to have a connection between the proposed project activities and applicable neighborhood, local, city, or regional land use planning efforts. Proposals should include outreach to affected underserved vulnerable communities and residents about environmental and public health issues and engage them in activities to plan, access, improve, and benefit from their local environment.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2016
Maximum Grant Award: $120,000
• To view the full announcement and access the application, CLICK HERE.
• EJ Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement Program Brochure (PDF)
• 2014 Project Descriptions (PDF)

Third Round of Promise Zones Grant Program – USDA & U.S. HUD


The third and final round of the Promise Zone Grant Program is now open for submissions. Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide are invited to put forward plans to address multiple community revitalization challenges in a collaborative way.

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Promise Zones are high poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community. Through the Promise Zone designation, communities will work directly with federal, state and local agencies to give local leaders proven tools to improve the quality of life in some of the country’s most vulnerable areas. On January 9, 2014, President Obama announced the five First Round Promise Zone designations, and eight more in the Second Round on April 28, 2015. CLICK HERE for a list of finalists and 13 designees from the first and second rounds. For more on Promise Zones CLICK HERE.
Application Deadline: Application Request Form – Feb. 19, 2016 | Application: Feb. 23, 2016
Eligible Entities: An office/department of a local government or federally recognized tribe, or a non-profit in partnership with a local government or federally recognized tribe.
Grant Award: Seven communities will be selected in this last round of the competiton. Awards include the opportunity to engage Five AmeriCorps VISTA members in the Promise Zone; Assigned a federal liaison to assist with navigating federal programs; Given preferences for certain competitive federal programs and technical assistance from participating agencies; Receive Promise Zone tax incentives if enacted by Congress.

Funding Available for Underground Storage Tank Compliance Assistance and Training Support in Indian Country


The U.S. EPA is soliciting proposals to promote the prevention of releases from federally-regulated underground storage tanks (USTs) in Indian country and the compliance of UST facilities in Indian country with federal regulations. Funding provided through this grant program shall be used for activities that support UST compliance in Indian country through education of owners and operators, training opportunities for Tribal government personnel, and Tribal UST compliance program development and collaboration. The goals of this cooperative agreement are to provide Tribal governments and UST facilities in Indian country with training, compliance assistance, and collaborative opportunities.

Application Deadline: February 11, 2016

Eligibility: States and Territories and federally-recognized Tribes and Intertribal Consortia

Funding Available: The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is $1,000,000. Maximum funding in FY2016 shall not exceed $200,000.

More Information: To view the announcement of funding availability CLICK HERE; To view the guidelinesCLICK HERE.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Offering States up to $1M through National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program


The NCWCGP provides States with financial assistance to protect and restore these valuable resources. The primary goal of the NCWCG Program is the long-term conservation of coastal wetland ecosystems. Projects can include (1) acquisition of a real property interest (e.g., conservation easement or fee title) in coastal lands or waters (coastal wetlands ecosystems) from willing sellers or partners for long‐term conservation or (2) restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems. Read the full announcement HERE.

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Application Deadline: June 29, 2016

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are any State agency or entity designated as eligible by the Governor of a coastal State.

Funding Available: The Fish and Wildlife Service expects that approximately $16 million will be available for grants. Awards typically range from $125,000 (there is no specific minimum) to a maximum of $1,000,000.

More Information: To access the application CLICK HERE.

Upcoming Events

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Annual Conference: “FRESH: Ideas, Perspectives, Directions”

Join CALED in celebrating the support of economic development in California for 36 years. This year’s conference will give CALED members and non-members alike the opportunity to gather together and discuss the latest trends in economic development and solutions to pressing problems. REGISTER HERE.

Let us hear from you about resources, funding opportunities, or events that we can share with the Region. Email Emma Leonard at We always appreciate hearing from you.

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