List of Grant Opportunities
GRANTS CURRENTLY RELEASED:
CORE Voucher Incentive Program
Deadline: Opened July 18th, available up to 60 days after purchase
Amount: Rebate/incentive, about 70%
Eligible Equipment: https://californiacore.org/equipmentcatalog/
The California Air Resources Board (CARB), in partnership with CALSTART, launched the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) to accelerate the purchase of zero-emission off-road equipment in California.
CORE, analogous to the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), is a project intended to encourage California companies to purchase or lease currently commercialized zero-emission off-road freight equipment by providing a streamlined voucher process to offset the higher cost of such technologies.
CORE voucher amounts are based on the incremental cost difference between traditional equipment and new zero-emission alternatives. Additional funding is available for charging infrastructure, equipment deployed in pollution overburdened communities (DACs), and equipment purchased by small businesses.
CalRecycle: Tire-Derived Aggregate
Deadline: August 16, 2023 and December 6, 2023
Amount: Up to $375,000
Eligibility: Cities, counties, school districts, special districts, JPAs, state agencies, IHEs, for-profits, nonprofits, tribal entities
Projects generally fall into one of five categories (see TDA Uses for more complete descriptions):
· Category 1: Mechanically Stabilized TDA (retaining walls).
· Category 2: Low Impact Development (stormwater mitigation including stormwater infiltration galleries).
· Category 3: Lightweight fill (slope stabilization, embankment fill, landslide repair, and retaining walls).
· Category 4: Vibration mitigation (under rail lines).
· Category 5: Landfill application (aggregate replacement projects such as leachate and gas collection systems, drainage layers, leachate injection). Projects that are currently underway or that have been completed at the same location within the same facility within three years of application are not eligible. Landfill application projects do not include use of shredded waste tires as alternative daily cover or alternative intermediate cover.
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
Deadline: August 15, 2023: Notice of Interest (NOI) due to Cal OES (submitted via Cal OES Engage Portal)
November 8, 2023: Subapplication due to Cal OES (submitted via FEMA GO)
Purpose: The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program aims to categorically shift the federal focus away from reactive disaster spending and toward research-supported, proactive investment in community resilience. Examples of BRIC projects are ones that demonstrate innovative approaches to partnerships, such as shared funding mechanisms, and/or project design.
For example, an innovative project may bring multiple funding sources or in-kind resources from a range of private and public sector partners. Or an innovative project may offer multiple benefits to a community in addition to the benefit of risk reduction.
Through BRIC, FEMA continues to invest in a variety of mitigation activities with an added focus on infrastructure projects benefiting disadvantaged communities, nature-based solutions, climate resilience and adaptation, and adopting hazard resistant building codes.
U.S. Department of Transportation: Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Program (Part B): Resilience Improvement Grants - FY 2022/2023
Deadline: August 18, 2023
Amount: Depending on category, $100,000 to no maximum.
Match: Depending on category, No match to 20% match.
Eligibility: States, MPOs, local governments, and Indian Tribes
Summary: The vision of the PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program is to fund projects that address the climate crisis by improving the resilience of the surface transportation system, including highways, public transportation, ports, and intercity passenger rail. Projects selected under this program should be grounded in the best available scientific understanding of climate change risks, impacts, and vulnerabilities. They should support the continued operation or rapid recovery of crucial local, regional, or national surface transportation facilities. Furthermore, selected projects should utilize innovative and collaborative approaches to risk reduction, including the use of natural infrastructure, which is explicitly eligible under the program.
Categories: There are four categories of funding under the PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program. One category is for Planning Grants. The other three categories are for Resilience Improvement, Community Resilience and Evacuation Routes, and At-Risk Coastal Infrastructure projects.
U.S. Department of Transportation: Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant Opportunity (MPDG)
Deadline: August 21, 2023
Amount: INFRA: $3-3.1 billion; Mega: $1.8 billion; Rural: $650-675 million
Eligibility: State, MPO, local government, tribal governments, and other combinations.
Purpose: The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications for three funding opportunities: the National Infrastructure Project Assistance grants program (Mega), the Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highways Projects grants program (INFRA), and the Rural Surface Transportation Grant program (Rural). MPDG provides Federal financial assistance to highway and bridge, intercity passenger rail, railway-highway grade and separation, wildlife crossing, public transportation, marine highway, and freight and multimodal projects, or groups of such projects, of national or regional significance, as well as to projects to improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas.
Amount: Varies depending on allocation amount
Match: Not required
Eligibility: Counties, cities, special districts and tribal governments. Law enforcement agencies, correctional agencies performing law enforcement functions, prosecutors’ offices, state/regional consortia supporting agencies
Purpose: JAG is responsible for distributing the critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including:
● Law enforcement; prosecution and court;
● Prevention and education;
● Corrections and community corrections;
● Drug treatment and enforcement;
● Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement; and
● Crime victim and witness initiatives.
It also provides funding support for mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs such as behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams
California Strategic Growth Council: Regional Climate Collaboratives (RCC) Program Round 2
Deadline: Pre-Proposals due September 6, 2023; Full proposals due December 6, 2023
Webinar: July 13 - July 26, 2023 - See RCC resource page to register:
Amount: $500,000 to $1.75 million
Eligibility: Local government agencies, JPAs, community-based organizations, nonprofits, small businesses, academic institutions, small businesses
Program URL: https://www.sgc.ca.gov/programs/cace/resources/rcc/
Summary: The Regional Climate Collaboratives (RCC) Program is a capacity building grant program for under-resourced communities. RCC funds community-rooted and cross-sectoral partners to deepen their relationships and develop the processes, plans, and projects that will drive and sustain climate action. The goal of the program is to strengthen local coordination, leadership, knowledge, skills, and expertise with a particular focus on increasing access to funding resources for project planning and implementation within under-resourced communities. RCC was designed to serve both emerging and established Collaboratives across the state, so Applicants can tailor their proposals based on their size and community context. RCC grant terms are three years.
Rubberized Pavement Grant Program
Deadline: September 13th, 2023
Amount: The maximum grant award is $250,000 for individual applications, $350,000 for joint applications, and $500,000 for Qualifying Tribal Entities
Match: No, funds based on amount of rubberized pavement needed (weight)
Eligibility: Local governments (cities, counties, or cities and counties) as defined in PRC section 48617. Other local governmental agencies (including regional park districts, special districts, and Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) [where all participating entities are otherwise eligible]). Qualifying Tribal Entities (see Proposed Changes). State Agencies (only for Class 1 bikeways, greenways, and disability access projects at parks).
Purpose: The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a program to provide opportunities to divert waste tires from landfill disposal, prevent illegal tire dumping, and promote markets for recycled-content tire products. The Rubberized Pavement Grant Program is designed to promote markets for recycled-content surfacing products derived from only California-generated waste tires. It is aimed at encouraging first-time or limited users of rubberized pavement in two project types – Rubberized Asphalt Concrete Hot-Mix (Hot-Mix) and Rubberized Chip Seal (Chip Seal).
California Strategic Growth Council: Community Resilience Centers Program
Deadline: September 18th, 2023
Implementation Grant Pre-Proposal Deadline: August 25th, 2023
Amount: Planning grants: $100,000 to $500,000; Project Development grants: $500,000 to $5M; Implementation grants: $1M - $10M
Eligibility: Cities, counties, special districts, JPAs, COGs, nonprofits, tribes, CBOs, community development finance institutions or community development corporations, emergency management, response, preparedness and recovery service providers and organizations. All communities are eligible to apply. SGC Staff will prioritize projects located in under-resourced communities.
Intent to Apply: To demonstrate interest in applying for a CRC Planning Grant, Project Development Grant, or Implementation Grant, all prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an Intent to Apply Survey as early as possible.
Summary: SGC’s CRC program will fund new construction and upgrades of neighborhood-level resilience centers to provide shelter and resources during climate and other emergencies, such as extreme heat events and poor air quality days. Program will also fund ongoing year-round community services and programs, such as food distribution and workforce development training, that build overall community resilience. SGC will prioritize community-serving locations across the state, such as schools, libraries, community centers, health clinics, and places of worship. SGC’s CRC program will fund both planning and implementation activities. There is a pre-proposal phase for Implementation Grants ONLY, which includes a 5-page concept paper. Those invited will submit full applications.
Caltrans: Reconnecting Communities
Deadline: September 20th, 2023
Amount: $149M for the entire program.
Match: Not Required, but encouraged
Highway to Boulevard Pilot Program: Caltrans' Reconnecting Communities Program centers on equitable community engagement and relationship building to facilitate a way for affected communities to express how they are burdened by highway facilities, identify their need for reconnection and improved access, and develop transformational strategies and connectivity solutions. Funding is intended to assist with the conversion of key underutilized highways in the state into multimodal corridors to reconnect communities divided by transportation infrastructure. These legacy impacts will be addressed through community-based transportation planning, design, demolition, and/or reconstruction of city streets, parks, or other infrastructure.
The Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program (NAE)
Due: September 28th, 2023
Amount: $3 billion available
Match: Yes, 20-50%
Purpose: The Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program, which was established under the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022, will provide $3 billion over the next 5 years to improve connectivity in communities affected by divisive infrastructure. This new program is unique in that Congress explicitly included language from the Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act—now known as the Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program—emphasizing active transportation as a key strategy for reconnecting communities. The Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program will fund projects designed to build or improve complete streets, multiuse trails, regional greenways or active transportation networks and spines. Projects located in economically disadvantaged areas will be prioritized and may receive a larger share of federal funds.
USDOT: Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Program
Deadline: September 28th, 2023 11:59pm EDT
Amount: Depends on Project
Match: Yes, 20-50%
The Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) has released a joint Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) and Neighborhood Access and Equity (NAE) programs, which will combine two major discretionary grants into one NOFO. Together, this combined program will be known as the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Program. While they remain separate programs for the purposes of award, the programs share many common characteristics, including:
- Prioritizing disadvantaged communities;
- Aiming to improve access to daily needs such as jobs, education, healthcare, food, and recreation;
- Fostering equitable development and restoration;
- Reconnecting communities by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, including to mobility, access, or economic development.
Last Mile Federal Funding Account
Deadline: September 29th, 2023 at 4pm PDT
Amount: up to $25 million
Match: An application will receive credit based on the percentage of matching funds the applicant proposes to invest in its project and the variety of sources of matching funding provided by others. Applicants may include other funding sources such as other federal or state funds which are not duplicative.
Eligibility: Consistent with federal guidelines, eligible projects must be designed to reliably offer, upon completion, speeds at or above 100 Mbps download and upload. In some cases, 100 Mbps symmetrical speeds may be impracticable and lower speeds of 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload may be considered.
The Federal Funding Account, administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), is a $2 billion grant program for last-mile broadband infrastructure projects to connect unserved Californians. The program was established in accordance with 2021’s Senate Bill 156 (Chapter 112, Statutes of 2021). The Broadband Investments Package fact sheet provides more information on the SB 156 investments.
EDA Recompete Pilot Program
Deadline: October 5th, 2023
Amount: Amount requested and awarded will depend heavily on the types of interventions a particular place needs, efforts to create jobs may require larger investments in public assets, and efforts to connect workers to existing jobs may be more programmatic and thus cost less
Match: Not req. In Phase 1, but will be part of phase 2 evaluation criteria
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include: (i) a unit of local government;
(ii) the District of Columbia; (iii) a territory of the United States; (iv) a Tribal government;
(v) political subdivisions of a State or other entity, including a special-purpose
entity engaged in economic development activities; (vi) a public entity or nonprofit
organization, acting in cooperation with the officials of a political subdivision of a
State or other entity described in (v); (vii) an economic development district; and
(viii) a coalition of any of the above entities that serve or are contained within an
eligible geographic area.
Purpose: The Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program (Recompete Pilot Program) will invest $200 million in persistently distressed communities to create and connect people to good jobs. This program will create renewed economic opportunity in communities that have for too long been forgotten. To do so, the program targets areas where prime-age (25-54 years) employment significantly trails the national average, with the goal to close this gap through large, flexible investments. As part of EDA’s place-based economic development approach, the Recompete Pilot Program aims to meet communities where they are by offering grant opportunities that ensure sustainable and equitable economic growth across the United States.
Equitable Community Revitalization Grant (ECRG)
Deadline: October 9th, 2023
Amount: $85 million available
Purpose: The program gives California communities an unprecedented opportunity to address historic environmental injustices and set a new path for land use that will have immediate and lasting benefits, such as recreational uses (parks and other green spaces), commercial enterprises and housing.
- Community-wide Assessment Grant ($350k*): First steps or early stages to learn about environmental conditions of at least three sites in a defined area where reuse is being planned. Activities may include Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental Site Assessments or Preliminary Endangerment Assessments, and may also include community engagement for sites being assessed/investigated. In addition to assessment or investigation, activities may also include developing an inventory of brownfield sites, including GIS mapping, and other activities that will facilitate reuse planning.
*Funding: Fixed amount of $350,000, which may include up to $50,000 for CWA-related activities conducted by grantee, such as community engagement.
- Site-specific Investigation Grant ($150k to $7M): and/or cleanup planning at a specific site that is slated for reuse. Work includes All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) or Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, Preliminary Endangerment Assessments (PEA), supplemental or other necessary site investigations, health and ecological risk assessments, work to evaluate different cleanup methods, pilot tests to assess a potential remedial technology, and preparation of a cleanup plan.
- Site-specific Cleanup Grant ($300k to $10M): This includes planning, implementation and reporting costs for the cleanup, pilot tests and sampling/analysis to design the cleanup, public engagement and cleanup-related California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) activities. A regulatory-approved cleanup plan is highly recommended for a Site-specific Cleanup Application.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Climate Ready Workforce Funding Opportunity
Deadline: Letters of Intent are due November 30, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST
Application submission is February 13, 2024, at 11:59 pm EST
Amount: $500,000-$10 million
Eligibility: State, Tribal, territorial and local governments, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations in coastal states or territories.
A climate-ready nation requires a climate-ready workforce. NOAA will assist communities in coastal and Great Lakes states and territories so they may form partnerships that train workers and place them into jobs that enhance climate resilience. This competition is designed to meet the emerging and existing skills needs of employers while helping workers enter good jobs, so that together they may enhance climate resilience. NOAA envisions making between 10-20 awards under this competition, at amounts ranging from $500,000 to $10 million each. NOAA is issuing this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for qualified organizations to form and support partnerships that will work collaboratively to support regional economies and their associated workforces by developing training programs that build in-demand skills, offering wraparound services that allow workers to successfully enroll in and complete training, and helping workers enter or advance into good jobs that enhance climate resilience. Wraparound services allow people to overcome barriers to participate in the program, especially individuals in underserved groups.
California Department of Parks and Recreation: Outdoor Equity Grant Program (Round 2)
Due: December 14th, 2023
Amount: Max $700,000
The Outdoor Equity Grants Program (OEP) will increase the ability of residents in low income urban and rural communities to participate in outdoor experiences at state parks and other public lands. OEP grants will improve the health and wellness of Californians by connecting underserved communities to natural areas throughout California.
By Spring 2023, a draft Application Guide for Round Two will be posted here for public review and comment. The Round Two application deadline will be announced after the Application Guide goes through a public review and comment period.
Cal Advanced Services Broadband Adoption Account
Deadline: January 1st, 2024, July 1st 2024, Jan 1st 2025
Amount: The CASF Adoption Account is authorized $20.024 million for fiscal year 2023-2024 to provide grants to increase publicly available or after-school broadband access and digital inclusion.
Match: Yes, 15%
Purpose: Pursuant to Public Utilities (Pub. Util.) Code section 281, moneys in the CASF Adoption Account are available to the Commission to award grants to increase publicly available or after-school broadband access and digital inclusion, such as grants for digital literacy training programs and public education to communities with limited broadband adoption. The Commission is required to give preference to programs and projects in communities with demonstrated low broadband access, including low-income communities, senior citizen communities, and communities facing socioeconomic barriers to broadband adoption.
Economic Development Administration (EDA): Tech Hubs, Build to Scale, PWEAA
Amount: $100,000 to $30 million.
Due: Rolling basis, no deadline.
Purpose: EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States.
MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation:
Due: Rolling basis, no deadline.
Purpose: Created to increase participation in and expand access to youth baseball and softball. Supports capital projects including building and renovating fields and practice facilities and installing lighting. It also supports baseball/softball programs and education initiatives. There is no funding range for grant requests.
Amount: Varies Depending on Project
Match: Low Cost Loan with PF option