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BOOST program - Applications due soon

Applications now open for the next round of the BOOST Program

SGC will select 5-7 disadvantaged and/or low-income communities to receive capacity building support in the form of trainings, partnership development, community engagement planning and implementation support, grant application assistance, and communications support. The application is open to all California cities and towns that are designated as low income and/or disadvantaged communities, with priority given to both rural and non-rural communities with demonstrated staff capacity challenges

The application will be open until September 10, 2021. Finalists will be contacted for an interview before September 22, 2021. SGC aims to announce the selected communities on or before October 6, 2021. Access the application here.

About the BOOST Program

All Californians deserve to live in communities where they can have access to clean air and water, clean transportation, affordable housing and economic opportunity. Yet many communities across the state lack the staff capacity and resources to develop projects and secure funding to make this a reality for their residents. To help address this need, we have partnered with the California Strategic Growth Council (SCG) to create a new pilot program, called BOOST, to help local governments across the state build capacity to address those needs.

The BOOST Pilot Program will provide customized and tailored support to help communities:

  • Build awareness of funding opportunities to address climate action;

  • Organize projects to be best positioned to meet its goals;

  • Optimize existing resources and build more capacity;

  • Strengthen relationships with key stakeholders and identify new opportunities for regional engagement and collaboration; and

  • Transform their approach to addressing climate action.

ILG has identified ten cities and two regions to develop partnerships with and provide tailored support with throughout the pilot time frame. Learn more about these communities on the BOOST Program profile pages below.

The California Legislature appropriated $1 million for this pilot program from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, administered through California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health outcomes, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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