California Consulting Releases Latest Grant Opportunities for Cities and Counties
List of Grant Opportunities
CORE Voucher Incentive Program
Deadline: First come, first serve
Amount: Rebate/incentive, about 70%
Eligible Equipment: https://californiacore.org/equipmentcatalog/
Check Funding: https://californiacore.org/ticker/
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.
**Landscaping Equipment Reserved for Licensed Landscapers
South Coast AQMD Voucher Incentive Programs (Fleet and lawn/landscaping equipment)
Deadline: First-Come, First-Served Basis (no application deadline; open until funds are exhausted)
Amount: Up to 85% discount will be provided, up to the funding caps listed below (whichever is less):; 20% match for fleet
Eligibility: Cities are welcome to apply as well as School Districts and licensed landscapers
South Coast AQMD offers a broad range of programs for businesses, the community, and local government that help to achieve cleaner air quality for all. Many of these programs offer financial incentives for implementing new clean air technologies. Some provide partnerships and new ways of addressing air quality issues throughout the South Coast Basin.
San Joaquin Valley APCD Zero-Emission Landscaping Equipment
Deadline: First Come, First Serve
Amount: Up to 100% off costs of equipment for public agencies
The Zero-Emission Landscaping Equipment (ZELE) Voucher Program provides incentives for San Joaquin Valley landscapers, public agencies, and businesses that perform their own landscape maintenance, to replace their old gas-powered landscape equipment with new electric options.
Amount: Small business and public agency applicants may be eligible for up to 100% of the cost of new equipment, while large businesses may be eligilble for up to 85% of the cost of new equipment. Maximum funding amounts may be reduced for large businesses to ensure the 15% cost share requirement is met.
Emergency Solutions Grant Program
Deadline: First come, first serve
Description: The ESG program does not fund individuals or families directly. The ESG program provides grant funding to approved units of general-purpose local government and federally recognized non-profit organizations.
These ESG funds are used to:
- Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
- Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families;
- Help operate and provide essential services in emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; and
- Prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.
USDOT RAISE Grant
Due: CURRENTLY ACCEPTING LETTERS OF SUPPORT; The RAISE FY2024 NOFO will be published no later than November 30, 2023
Amount: Varies, competitive basis, per statute
Eligibility: any public entity
Purpose: The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $14.3 billion for fifteen rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.
Infill Infrastructure Grant Program
Deadline: First come first-served basis until November 16, 2023, or such time as the Department has received enough eligible applications to reasonably use all the available funds, whichever occurs first.
Match: Not Required
The objective of the IIG program is to promote infill housing development by providing financial assistance for Capital Improvement Projects that are an integral part of, or necessary to facilitate the development of affordable and mixed income housing.
EPA: Multipurpose, Assessment, RLF, and Cleanup (MARC) Grants
Deadline: November 13th, 2023
Amount: MAX: Multipurpose: $1,000,000; Community Wide Assessment: $500,000; Assessment Coalition: $1,500,000; Clean Up: $5,000,000
Grants offered by the Brownfields Program may be used to address sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and petroleum. Please visit the Types of Brownfields Grant Funding for an overview of the Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants.
Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator
Deadline: November 13th, 2023
Amount: Eligible applicants may propose repair or replacement projects on public or private property, provided that the eligible applicant can demonstrate consent from the charging station operator and property owner. Applicants will need to confirm that chargers are broken and non-operational. Actual award amounts will be based on the application and budget submitted for each specific charger and may vary.
Match: Yes, 20%
The first round of funding made available in this set-aside from the NEVI program will be for the Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator to focus on repairing or replacing broken or non-operational EV chargers to improve the reliability of existing EV charging infrastructure. This first round of funding will provide a targeted and cost-effective mechanism to rapidly increase the number of available chargers in parallel to larger-scale deployments funded by the NEVI Formula Program, the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program, and other State, local, and private investments.
Thriving Communities Program:
Deadline: LOI due November 15th, 202, Applications due by November 28, 2023 on grants.gov
Amount: Program has $25 million+ to give
Eligibility: cities, towns, etc
Purpose: This planning, technical assistance, and capacity building support will enable ***disadvantaged and under-resourced communities to advance a pipeline of transformative infrastructure projects that will increase mobility, reduce pollution, and expand affordable transportation options, connecting communities to the essential opportunities and resources that will help them thrive.
California Parks & Recreation/California Natural Resources Agency: Urban Greening Grant
Deadline: November 20th, 2023
Amount: There are no maximum or minimum grant amounts (Up to $6 million)
Eligibility: Grant Funds will be awarded to a city, county, special district, nonprofit organization, or an agency or entity formed pursuant to the Joint Exercise of Powers Act if at least one of the parties to the joint powers agreement qualifies as an eligible applicant.
Purpose: Eligible urban greening projects will reduce GHG emissions, mitigate the effects of extreme heat, and provide multiple additional benefits, including, but not limited to, a decrease in air and water pollution or a reduction in the consumption of natural resources and energy. Eligible projects will result in the conversion of an existing built environment into green space that uses natural and green infrastructure approaches to create sustainable and vibrant communities. It’s important to show how incorporating design elements such as decomposed granite sidewalks, rubber safety surfacing, shade structures, bio-infiltration areas, ornamental garden plantings, and a community garden will achieve measurable benefits as a result of: Acquiring, creating, enhancing, and expanding community parks/green spaces; and/or Using natural systems or systems that mimic natural systems to achieve multiple
**This program emphasizes, and gives priority to, projects that are located within and benefit the State’s disadvantaged communities and those communities facing the most significant threat from extreme heat.
DOE: Career Skills Training program (CST)
Deadline: November 27, 2023
Amount: 8 awards ranging from $800k to $1.071 million
Eligibility: Non-profit partnerships of public or private industry and labor organizations
DOE is now accepting applications for the Career Skills Training program (CST). The Career Skills Training Program will provide grants to eligible entities to pay the Federal share of Career Skills Training Programs under which students concurrently receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training for the purpose of obtaining an industry related certification to install energy efficient building technologies. This program was established by Section 40513 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, more commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The goals of the program are to promote the collaboration between labor organizations and industry to attract, train, and employ workers; enhances existing programs for replication; and creates a diverse, skilled, and credentialed workforce that is positioned to install energy technologies to buildings.
***Non-profit Partnership Required
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.
CalRecycle: Tire-Derived Aggregate
Deadline: 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.
Safe Routes to BART
Deadline: Open October 11th, due December 14th
Amount: $500,000 to $3 million
Purpose: Safe Routes to BART (SR2B) is a grant program sponsored by BART using voter-approved Measure RR capital funds. SR2B is designed to help local agencies improve access for BART customers traveling to BART stations by walking and biking. Grants to local jurisdictions in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties using Measure RR capital funds will help our partner agencies deliver capital projects for the streets, sidewalks, trails and plazas that serve riders on their way to and from BART.
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.
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.
CalFire: Wildfire Prevention Grant
Deadline: January 10th, 2024 by 3pm PST
Amount: Max $5 Million
Funds for projects in and near fire threatened communities to improve public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
WaterSmart Small-Scale WEE Grant:
Deadline: Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Amount: up to $100,000
Match: Yes 50%
Through the WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states and other entities with water or power delivery authority for small water efficiency improvements that have been identified through previous planning efforts. Projects eligible for funding include installation of flow measurement or automation in a specific part of a water delivery system, lining of a section of a canal to address seepage, or other similar projects that are limited in scope.
CalTrans: Sustainable Transportation Grant
Deadline: Due January 18th 2024 at 5pm pst
Amount: Sustainable Communities Grants ($29.5 million) to encourage local and regional planning that supports state goals, implements Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS) (where applicable), and to ultimately achieve the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 40 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 2050, respectively
NEW! Climate Adaptation Planning Grants ($50 million) support local and regional identification of transportation-related climate vulnerabilities through the development of climate adaptation plans, as well as project-level adaptation planning to identify adaptation projects and strategies for transportation infrastructure
Strategic Partnerships Grants ($4.5 million) to identify and address statewide, interregional, or regional transportation deficiencies on the State highway system in partnership with Caltrans. A sub-category funds transit-focused planning projects that address multimodal transportation deficiencies
EPA: Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG)
Deadline: Optional Notice of Intent to Apply due to CPRG@epa.gov by February 1, 2024, applications due April 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m
Amount: Between $2 million and $500 million
Eligibility: Limited to lead organizations for CPRG planning grants and other executive branch-level agencies, offices, and departments.
Recognizing the urgency to address GHG pollution contributing to climate change, the BidenHarris Administration and Congress established the $5 billion CPRG program as part of the 2022 IRA. EPA takes seriously its responsibility to protect human health and the environment as the United States faces the increasingly harmful impacts of climate change. Across the country, communities are experiencing more deadly wildfires and storm surges, more extreme drought and water scarcity, and dangerous levels of flooding, among other impacts. The Fourth National Climate Assessment found that intense extreme weather and climate-related events, as well as changes in average climate conditions, are expected to continue to damage infrastructure, ecosystems, and social systems that provide essential benefits to communities. If left unchecked, future climate change is expected to further disrupt many areas of life and exacerbate existing challenges to prosperity posed by aging and deteriorating infrastructure, stressed ecosystems, and long-standing inequalities. However, with this challenge comes an opportunity to invest in a cleaner economy that will spur innovation and economic growth while building more equitable, resilient communities.
Economic Development Administration (EDA): PWEAA, Recompete, Build to Scale
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.
***CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy) needed for EDA grants
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