Spotlight Grants

Solar Training Program for Cities and Counties

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in support of the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, is offering a no-cost solar photovoltaic training program for 50 cities and counties seeking to go solar on their facilities (both buildings and land). The application takes 30 minutes to complete and is due November 17.

Deadline: November 17, 2017.

 

Transformative Climate Communities Program - Planning Grants

Strategic Growth Council is now accepting applications for Planning Grants to fund planning activities in disadvantaged communities that may be eligible for future TCC Implementation Grants.

Deadline: November 30, 2017.

 

Training and Technical Assistance for Small Systems Funding

EPA's Fiscal Year 2017 appropriation directs the Agency to competitively award $12.7 million to non-profit organizations to provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems, small wastewater systems and private well owners, located in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. and its territories. The funding will help provide water and wastewater system staff and private well owners with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA's continuing efforts to protect public health and promote sustainability in small communities. On October 20, 2017, EPA announced the following Request for Applications (RFA). 

Deadline: December 4, 2017.

 

FY18 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. Please note that eligible entities who received an EWDJT grant in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) are not eligible to apply for funding in FY18.

Deadline: December 15, 2017.

 

State Rail Assistance Program  

Senate Bill 1 created the State Rail Assistance (SRA) Program by directing a portion of new revenue specifically to intercity rail and commuter rail. SB 1 directs a 0.5% portion of new diesel sales tax revenue for allocation: half to the 5 commuter rail providers and half to intercity rail corridors. Half of revenue is allocated in equal shares to commuter operators through 2019-20, and via guidelines thereafter (about $10.5M to each total over 3 years). Half of revenue is allocated to intercity rail corridors such that each of the existing three corridors receives at least 25% of the intercity rail share (about $13.1M to each over 3 years). Funding is available for capital and operations. This revenue is estimated to be $25 million in 2017-18, $39 million in 2018-19, and $41 million in 2019-20. The majority of program funding is directed by statutory formula to rail operators, with guidelines defining process and timeline for agencies to obtain funding.

Deadline: December 15, 2017

 

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program - Planning Subapplications for 2017 Winter Storms

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) invites Planning Subapplications for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding that is available as the result of Presidential Disaster Declarations (DR-4301, DR-4305 and DR4308) for the severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides that affected California in 2017. All counties of the SACOG region are eligible. Planning activities that reduce the effects of future natural disasters are eligible for this funding. Eligible subapplicants include state agencies, local governments, special districts, and some private non-profits. Deadline: January 1, 2018.

Deadline: January 1, 2018.

 

Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS)

PREEVENTS seeks projects that will (1) enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events, and (2) improve our capability to model and forecast such hazards and events. All projects requesting PREEVENTS support must be primarily focused on these two targets. In addition, PREEVENTS projects will improve our understanding of the effects of natural hazards and extreme events and will enable development, with support by other programs and organizations, of new tools to enhance societal preparedness and resilience against such impacts.

Deadline: January 04, 2018

 

Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP)

The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) was created by Senate Bill (SB) 862 (Chapter 36, Statutes of 2014) and modified by Senate Bill 9 (Chapter 710, Statutes of 2015) to provide grants from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to fund transformative capital improvements that will modernize California’s intercity, commuter, and urban rail systems, and bus and ferry transit systems to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by reducing congestion and vehicle miles traveled throughout California.

Deadline: January 12, 2018

 

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program

The Strategic Growth Council's Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program provides grants and affordable housing loans for compact transit-oriented development and related infrastructure and programs that reduce greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions. These projects increase the accessibility of housing, employment centers, and key destinations via low-carbon transportation options (walking, biking, transit) resulting in fewer vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and mode shift

Deadline: January 15, 2018

 

2018 National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program

MAP supports the implementation of on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System through the alteration of the physical environment.

1st Deadline: January 23, 2018

2nd Deadline: June 13, 2018

 

Seventh Annual Zero Net Energy Design Competition

PG&E and the American Institute of Architects, California Council announced the seventh annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy building designs. The competition is open for entries from students and professionals worldwide.

Deadline: January 30, 2018.

 

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

The USDA's ACEP provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps American Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land. Applications are welcomed anytime (with the exception of wetlands reserve easements, as the deadline has passed for this component).

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 

 

Funding Resources

FUNDING EV CHARGING STATIONS: QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has created a new guide to help you navigate the funding options for plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It is designed to both help in the prioritization of facilities and in the process of securing funding for the stations and associated infrastructure costs.

 

FUNDING WIZARD

The California Air Resources Board's Funding Wizard combs the internet weekly for funding opportunities to help support a sustainable future.

 

SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY GRANTS 

CEQA/NEPA FUNDING FOR RESTORATION PROJECTS 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FUNDING

FUEL REDUCTION ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDS

GRANTS FOR TRIBES AND TRIBAL ENTITIES

HABITAT PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION FUNDING

LAND ACQUISITION FUNDING

PARKS AND TRAILS FUNDING 

RECREATION AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT FUNDING

RIPARIAN, WETLAND, AND AQUATIC HABITAT RESTORATION FUNDING