The Transformative Climate Communities Program was established by Assembly Bill (AB) 2722, administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC)1, to “…fund the development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans that include multiple, coordinated greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities.
In addition to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in disadvantaged communities, AB 2722 includes the following provisions:
• Maximize additional community benefits: “Projects shall maximize climate, public health, environmental, workforce, and economic benefits.”
• Avoid displacement: “In adopting the guidelines, the SGC shall consider whether eligible plans and projects avoid economic displacement of low-income disadvantaged community residents and businesses.”
• Incorporate comprehensive community engagement: “The SGC shall award grants for projects that demonstrate community engagement in all phases.”
• Leverage funds: “By making such comprehensive public investments, it is the intent of the Legislature that private resources can be more effectively catalyzed to support innovative community and climate transformation in disadvantaged communities;” and “The SGC and all funded entities shall endeavor to identify additional public and private sources of funding to sustain and expand the program.”
• Include technical assistance: “The SGC shall fund technical assistance providers to assist in application development and project development and implementation.”
The Program will fund two types of grants: Implementation Grants and Planning Grants4. The SGC will award Implementation Grants, through a competitive process, for the implementation of neighborhood-level plans that include multiple, coordinated projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve other community benefits. The SGC will also award Planning Grants through a competitive process to fund planning activities in disadvantaged communities that may be eligible for future TCC Implementation Grants and other California Climate Investment programs.5 The amount of available funding for Implementation Grants will be included in TCC Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). There is $800,000 available for Planning Grants in Round Two.
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