Funding Available to Support Planning and Implementation of Sustainable Communities in California

SACRAMENTO | Source: Strategic Growth Council— The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and the California Department of Conservation are pleased to open Round II of the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program, which includes grants for planning and implementation. Funded through California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, TCC empowers the communities most impacted by pollution to choose their own goals, strategies, and projects to enact transformational change – all with data-driven milestones and measurable outcomes.

TCC’s Implementation Grant Program funds multiple, coordinated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental, and public health benefits to disadvantaged communities.

The Implementation Grant Program will provide grants and loans to projects that achieve GHG emissions reductions and benefit disadvantaged communities by:

  • Increasing accessibility of affordable housing, employment centers and key destinations;
  • Improving transit access and mobility by prioritizing biking, walking and public transit, and supporting transit ridership programs;
  • Increasing energy and water efficiency and incentivizing renewable energy generation;
  • Increasing recycling, composting, and food waste rescue programs that provide improved access to healthy food;
  • Increasing accessibility to health-promoting systems and environments, such as open space and parks, and other types of urban greening; and
  • Promoting workforce development, education, and the creation of high quality jobs and other local economic development opportunities.

Eligible applicants for the Implementation Grant Program include 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, and/or tribal governments.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Applicants must use the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST).  All applications will be reviewed and scored by an interagency review panel. The top two scoring applications will be selected and the awards will be announced in December.

In addition, up to four Planning Grants will be awarded to help communities in their preparation to submit future TCC Implementation Grants.

Eligible applicants for the Planning Grant Program include cities, counties, metropolitan planning organizations, joint powers authorities, regional transportation planning agencies, councils of government, or combinations thereof. To apply for a Planning Grant, an eligible applicant must submit a complete application on FAAST no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

More information about the TCC Program, including the Program Guidelines, application process, and technical assistance are posted on the SGC Website. All questions may be directed to Saharnaz Mirzazad at

The TCC Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap‑and‑Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website

The Strategic Growth Council brings together multiple state agencies and departments to support sustainable communities, emphasizing strong economies, social equity and environmental stewardship. More information on the SGC can be found at

The Department of Conservation administers the TCC Program, the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program, and the Planning Grants and Incentives Program, among others, on behalf of the SGC. For more information, please visit