California Consulting Grants for March 2017

Municipal Grants
Current as of March 31, 2017


CalRecycle: 2017-18 Tire-Derived Product Grant Program

Primary Deadline: April 12, 2017

Secondary Deadline: May 11, 2017 (for Resolution & EPPP documents only)

Amount: $150,000 per grant award. $1 Million has been allocated for the entire program for 2017-18.

Match: Any project costs not covered by the grant award, including construction and installation.

Eligibility: Public entities including: California cities, counties, public school districts, public colleges and universities, special districts, park or recreational districts, and state agencies.

CalRecycle administers a program to provide opportunities for the diversion of tires from landfill disposal, prevent illegal tire dumping, and promote markets for recycled-content products. The Tire-Derived Product (TDP) Grant Program is a reimbursement grant designed to use TDPs for re-purposing projects such as pathways, landscaping, mats, playground surfacing, curb stops, and ramps. Only one application per qualifying entity will be accepted and only for projects within California. A minimum of 2,500 California-generated waste tires must be used per application. Multiple products/projects may be combined to achieve this minimum. Project(s) must not have previously received CalRecycle grant funds.

California Water Commission: Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP)

Deadline: August 14, 2017

Amount: Varies by project. $2.7 Billion allocated to WSIP from Proposition 1 bond

Match: TBD

Eligibility: Public agencies and proponents of new water storage projects in California

The California Water Commission announced that starting March 14, 2017, proponents of new water storage projects in California may submit applications for funding of public benefits under the water bond approved by California voters in 2014 through the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). Proposition 1 - the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act - a $7.5 billion water bond for investments in the state's water management systems, includes $2.7 billion for public benefits related to new water storage projects. Through the WSIP, the Commission will fund the public benefits of water storage projects that improve the operation of the state water system, are cost effective, and provide a net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions. The program will support the California Water Action Plan and its call for more reliable and resilient water resources. The WSIP represents the state’s largest investment in new water storage projects in decades.

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank): Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: $50,000 to $25 million or more (with IBank Board approval)

Financing Terms: The interest rate benchmark is Thompson’s Municipal Market Data Index. Staff may adjust the interest rate based upon factors that include: Unemployment, Medium Household Income, 3 Environmental, and Other special circumstances. The IBank Board has final approval of the interest rate. Maximum 30 year term Open application process

Eligibility: Any subdivision of a local or state government. Applicant may also be a company, corporation, association, partnership, firm, or other entity or group of entities organized as a public benefit not-for-profit entity engaged in business or operations within the state

The ISRF Program provides financing for public infrastructure projects such as: environmental mitigation; port facilities; power and communications transmission or distribution facilities; public transit; solid waste collection and disposal; defense conversion; as well as military infrastructure. A project must promote economic development and attracts, creates, and sustains long-term employment opportunities. Eligible uses include, but are not limited to, construction or modification of the following:

 educational, cultural, and social facilities;

 public infrastructure, purchase and install pollution control or noise abatement equipment;

 parks and recreation facilities;

 docks, harbors, piers, marinas;

 facilities for and/or transmission or distribution of electrical energy, natural gas, and telecommunication;

 air and rail transport of goods, including parking facilities;

 transfer stations, recycling centers, sanitary landfills, waste conversion and recycling facilities;

 facilities for successfully converting military bases;

 facilities on or near a military installation that enhance military operations acquire land in conjunction with such project

California Statewide Communities Development Authority: Statewide Community Infrastructure Program (SCIP)

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies. Financing is for low interest, tax-exempt bonds.

Eligibility: Public agencies

In response to the increasing local agency staff time and budget pressures caused by new commercial, industrial or residential development, CSCDA offers the Statewide Community Infrastructure Program (“SCIP”).

USDA Rural Development: Community Facilities Grants & Loans

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies by population & income (typically no larger than $30,000)

Match: Varies by population & income (60% - 80%)


Community Facilities Programs provides grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants. Grants are available to public entities 4 such as municipalities, counties, parishes, boroughs, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments.


DWR/CFDA: Agricultural Water Use Efficiency & State Efficiency and Enhancement Program

Deadline: April 21, 2017

Amount: $200,000 maximum award

Match: 50% match of the total project cost

Eligibility: Public agencies, public utilities, federally recognized or state Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, mutual water companies, and investor-owned utilities regulated by the California PUC.

Through this competitive grant program, DWR and CDFA intend to demonstrate the potential multiple benefits of conveyance enhancements combined with on-farm agricultural water use efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions. The grant funding provided in this joint program is intended to address multiple goals including: 1) water use efficiency, conservation and reduction, 2) greenhouse gas emission reductions, 3) groundwater protection, and 4) sustainability of agricultural operations and food production. It is also anticipated that there will be benefits to water and air quality, groundwater security, surface water conservation, and improved nutrient management and crop health through this program. Excellent proposals will demonstrate the specific regional needs and benefits of their proposals. US Bureau of

Reclamation: 2017 WaterSMART - Small Scale Water Efficiency Projects Grant

Deadline: April 27, 2017

Amount: Up to $75,000. Applicants will be limited to a $150,000 cap on project cost.

Match: 50% of the project costs up to $75,000.

Eligibility: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority (may include municipalities)

The WaterSMART - Small Scale Water Efficiency Projects Grant is a new program intended to support specific small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant. Larger projects or those with multiple project components, such as a renewable energy component, should be submitted under WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants.

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD): Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2016 Drought Lateral Grant

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Amount: $150,000 - $2 Million

Match: None.

Eligibility: Non-entitlement CDBG jurisdictions in California only: Counties with fewer than 200,000 residents in unincorporated areas and cities with fewer than 50,000 residents that do not participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement program.

The Department of Housing and Community Development (Department) is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $5,000,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for direct relief and mitigation of the effects of the 2014 California Drought Disaster, as declared by Governor Brown. This NOFA applies only to the installation of CDBGeligible water lateral connections to new or existing public water systems for single- and multifamily residential structures that have no running water as a result of having a dry or contaminated well. Also included are water meters, system connection fees and the abatement of existing dry wells. The CDBG-eligible activity is Housing Rehabilitation.

State Water Resources Control Board: Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP)

Deadline: December 2030 (currently accepting applications via FAAST system)

Amount: $75,000 (for Planning Grants); $15-$20 Million (for Construction Grants)

Match: 50% (for Planning Grants); 35% (for Construction Grants)

Financing: For Construction applications Interest at 1/2 General Obligation Bond Rate; 30 year term; Allowance following the CWSRF Policy

Eligibility: local public agencies 1_funding.shtml

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) provides funding for the planning, design, and construction of water recycling projects that offset or augment state fresh water supplies. There are two programs within this fund:

 Planning Grants: The purpose of the planning grant is to assist agencies or regions with completing feasibility studies for water recycling projects using treated municipal wastewater and/or treated groundwater from sources contaminated by human activities. Only local public agencies are eligible to apply for planning grants.

 Construction Grants: The Water Recycling Funding Program provides grants and financing to eligible applicants for the construction of water recycling facilities. Construction projects may be funded with grants and low interest financing from a state bond, a CWSRF financing agreement, or combinations of funding sources. Eligible applicants are local public agencies, nonprofit organizations, public utilities, state & federal recognized Indian tribes, and mutual water companies.

California Energy Commission (CEC): Interest Rate 1% Loan Financing For Energy Efficiency & Energy Generation Projects

Deadline: Applications are funded on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted

Amount: Maximum loan amount of $3 million per applicant

Financing Terms: Loans must be repaid from energy cost savings or other legally available funds within a maximum term of 20 years (including principal and interest).

Eligibility: Cities, Counties, Specials Districts, Public Colleges or Universities

The CEC is offering loans financing for energy efficiency and energy generation projects for Public Agencies. Projects with proven energy and/or demand cost savings are eligible, provided they meet the ECAA eligibility requirements. Projects already funded with an existing loan or already installed are ineligible. Examples of Qualified Projects include the following:

 Lighting systems

 Heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment

 Streetlights and LED traffic signals

 Energy management systems and equipment controls

 Pumps and motors

 Building envelope and insulation

 Energy generation including renewable energy and combined heat and power projects

 Water and waste water treatment equipment

 Load shifting projects, such as thermal energy storage

California Energy Commission: The Energy Partnership Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: $20,000 of a consultant's costs

Match: Any amount in excess of the $20,000 provided by CEC

The Energy Partnership Program can conduct an energy audit of existing facilities identify energy saving projects, including: Conduct energy audits and prepare feasibility studies; Review existing proposals and designs; Develop equipment performance specifications; Review equipment bid specifications; Assist with contractor selection; and Review commissioning plans. The Energy partnership also provides technical assistance early in the design phase of new facility construction, including: Provide design review consultation; Identify cost-effective, energy-saving measures; Compare different technologies; Review schematics and construction plans; Provide equipment specification consultation; Develop computer simulation models of your planned project; Help select experienced professionals with energy efficiency expertise; and Assist with system commissioning.

State Water Resources Control Board: Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount/Financing: No maximum funding or disbursement limits. Financing Term up to 30 years or the useful life of the project. Interest Rate is ½ the most recent General Obligation (GO) Bond Rate at time of funding approval.

Eligibility: Any city, town, district, or other public body created under state law, including state agencies

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program offers low cost financing for a wide variety of water quality projects. The program has significant financial assets, and is capable of financing projects from <$1 million to >$100 million. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: 1. Construction of publicly-owned treatment facilities: Wastewater treatment; Local sewers; Sewer interceptors; Water reclamation and distribution; Stormwater treatment; Combined sewers; Landfill leachate treatment 7 2. Implementation of nonpoint source (NPS) projects to address pollution associated with: Agriculture; Forestry; Urban Areas; Marinas; Hydromodification; Wetlands 3. Development and implementation of estuary comprehensive conservation and management plans for: San Francisco Bay; Morro Bay; Santa Monica Bay

State Water Resources Control Board: Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Green Project Reserve Program

Deadline: Applications accepted on a continuous basis

Amount: $2.5 Million maximum; $30 million allocated to entire program

Match: None

Eligibility: Municipalities

Effective with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s (CWSRF) 2015 Capitalization Grant from U.S. EPA, the State Water Resources Control Board has $30 million available to provide CWSRF loan (principal) forgiveness to projects that address water or energy efficiency, mitigate storm water runoff, or encourage sustainable project planning, design, and construction. There are four categories of green projects: green infrastructure, water efficiency, energy efficiency, and environmentally innovative activities.

State Water Resources Control Board: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: No maximum disbursement limit.

Financing Terms: Interest rates average 2‐3% and 20-year loan. Public water systems that serve small, disadvantaged communities may be eligible for 0% and 30-year loan.

Eligibility: Community water systems and non-profit, non-community water systems.

Established by an amendment to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996, the DWSRF provides low-interest loans, additional subsidy (principal forgiveness), and technical assistance to public water systems for infrastructure improvements to correct system deficiencies and improve drinking water quality. The purpose of the DWSRF is to provide financial assistance for the planning/design and construction of drinking water infrastructure projects that are needed to achieve or maintain compliance with federal and state drinking water statutes and regulations. Funding for the DWSRF comes from federal grants, state sources, and loan repayment. Eligible projects include Planning/design and construction of drinking water infrastructure projects including: treatment systems, distribution systems, interconnections, consolidations, pipeline extensions, water sources, and water meters. Applications are offered for the following two categories: 1. Construction Financing - These funds are for applicants with complete final plans, specifications, and environmental documentation. 2. Planning/Design Financing - These funds are for applicants who do not have final plans, specifications, and environmental documentation.

State Water Resources Control Board: Proposition 1 Small Community Wastewater Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount/Financing: $260 Million allocated to program. Like CWSRF (see above) there is no maximum funding or disbursement limits. Financing Term up to 30 years or the useful life of the project. Interest Rate is ½ the most recent General Obligation (GO) Bond Rate at time of funding approval.

Eligibility: Most cities, towns, districts, or other public bodies created under state law, including state agencies ter_grant/projects.shtml

Section 79723 of Prop 1 allocates $260 million to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Small Community Grant (SCG) Fund. The State Water Board has an annual SCG appropriation of $8 million dollars, which is administered consistent with the CWSRF Intended Use Plan (IUP), and the CWSRF Policy. The Prop 1 funds will supplement existing SCG authority. Eligible projects are similar to the CWSRF program and include, but are not limited to: 1. Construction of publicly-owned treatment facilities: Wastewater treatment; Local sewers; Sewer interceptors; Water reclamation and distribution; Stormwater treatment; Combined sewers; Landfill leachate treatment 2. Implementation of nonpoint source (NPS) projects to address pollution associated with: Agriculture; Forestry; Urban Areas; Marinas; Hydromodification; Wetlands USDA Rural Development: Water & Waste Disposal Grant/Loan Program Deadline: Continuous Amount/Financing: Grant amount varies. Loan has up to 40-year payback period, on a fixed interest rate of 3.125% or lower. Eligibility: state and local government entities, private nonprofits, federally-recognized tribes in rural areas with fewer than 10,000 people.

This program provides long-term low interest loans for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Funds may be used to finance the acquisition, construction or improvement of: Drinking water sourcing, treatment, storage and distribution; Sewer collection, transmission, treatment and disposal; Solid waste collection, disposal and closure; and Storm water collection, transmission and disposal. In some cases, funding may also be available for related activities such as: Legal and engineering fees; Land acquisition, water and land rights, permits and equipment; Start-up operations and maintenance; Interest incurred during construction; Purchase of existing facilities to improve service or prevent loss of service; and Other costs determined to be necessary for completion of the project.


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Acres for America Grant Program

Deadline: April 13, 2017 (pre-proposals); June 29, 2017 (invited full proposals)

Amount: Varies. $3.5 Million is available for the entire program for 2017.

Match: A minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions are eligible to apply.

Acres for America, a partnership between Walmart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), provides funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Preference will be given to projects that achieve more than one of the following program priorities: conserve critical habitats for birds, fish, plants, and wildlife; connect existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect critical migration routes; provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors; and ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, and recreation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate NFWF regional office to discuss project ideas prior to applying. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website to review the 2017 Request for Pre-Proposals.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E): Resilient Communities Grant Program

Deadline: May 12, 2017

Amount: In 2017, PG&E will award two (2) individual $100,000 grants.

Match: None

Eligibility: governmental organizations, educational institutions or 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations

From extreme weather to rising sea levels, the threat that climate change poses to communities across California is becoming all too apparent. In an effort to promote local resilience to climate change, PG&E is investing $1 million over five years through the Better Together Resilient Communities grant program to support local climate resilience initiatives. PG&E is requesting grant proposals that will build healthy and resilient forests and watersheds to help communities prevent and prepare for increasing wildfire risk. Eligible projects include research, planning or demonstration projects that better prepare communities for a future with more frequent and extreme wildfires. The results of the grants will be made publicly available to help communities better understand, plan for and respond to climate change risks and encourage partnership with others.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District: Charge Program

Deadline: May 22, 2017

Amount: Varies. An initial allocation of $5 million is available, and funding will be awarded to qualifying projects on a first-come, first-served basis.

Match: None

Eligibility: Public and private entities located within the boundaries of the Air District’s jurisdiction

The Air District is pleased to announce the 2017 Charge! Program, an incentive program that offers grant funding to help offset a portion of the cost of purchasing, installing, and operating new publicly available charging stations at qualifying facilities within the Air District’s jurisdiction. The goal of the Charge! Program is to rapidly expand access to electric vehicle, or 10 EV, charging stations to accelerate the Bay Area’s adoption of EVs and ultimately to achieve the region's EV deployment goals of 110,000 EVs by 2020 and 247,000 EVs by 2025. As of December, 2016, there are approximately 83,000 EVs registered to Bay Area drivers. Applicants must attend at least one mandatory pre-application workshop before applying. Each workshop will be held online via webinar and is limited to 100 attendees. Registration is required. Please see the program website via the link above.

CA State Coastal Conservancy: 2017 Proposition 1 Grants

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Amount: Varies. $30 million of Proposition 1 funding has been allocated to the Conservancy for this program in FY 2016/17.

Match: Varies. The Conservancy will award additional points to applicants with significant matching funds from nonstate sources.

Eligibility: Public agencies, special districts, joint powers authorizes, cities and counties, nonprofit organizations, Indian Tribes, public utilities and mutual water companies that are located within the Coastal Conservancy's jurisdiction.

Chapter 6 of Proposition 1 allocates $100.5 million to the Coastal Conservancy for competitive grants for multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. These projects must achieve multiple benefits, serve disadvantaged communities, and result in quantifiable outcomes. Under the Proposition 1 funding opportunity, the Conservancy has identified four priorities for eligible projects:

 Water Sustainability

 Protect and Enhance Anadromous Fish Habitat

 Wetland Restoration

 Urban Greening

The Conservancy supports projects within coastal draining watersheds and in the entirety of the nine county Bay Area region. The Conservancy also has specific authority to work in the Santa Ana River watershed to implement the Santa Ana River Conservancy Program.

California Department of Parks & Recreation: Outdoor Environmental Education Facilities Grant Program

Deadline: September 1, 2017

Amount: Up to $500,000

Match: Optional. Including a match counts for 5 out of 100 points and consists of the applicant agreeing to pay for all Non-Construction costs.

Eligibility: Cities, Counties, regional park districts, open-space districts, 501(c)(3) Non-profit organizations

The intent of the Outdoor Environmental Education Facilities Grant Program is to provide assistance to local agencies and community-based organizations with regard to the development of outdoor environmental education facilities. Eligible projects include development of public outdoor structures and exhibits that facilitate focused learning. The focused learning must take place in a natural outdoor setting, with native vegetation. The learning must encompass the natural environment, and inspire environmental stewardship and an appreciation of the natural world. The learning must include an understanding of how humans interact with, and are dependent on, natural ecosystems. These structures and exhibits may provide outdoor education on their own (such as signs, kiosks, nature trails), or facilitate providing outdoor recreation (such as campfire centers, amphitheaters, group campgrounds).

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD): Charge Up Program

Deadline: Continuous until funding exhausted

Amount: $50,000 cap (see breakdown below)

Match: None

Eligibility: private entities, non-profit agencies, or a public agency intending to install EV chargers for public access charging that are located within the boundaries of the SJVAPCD’s jurisdiction

The purpose of this program is to fund the purchase and installation of new electric vehicle Level 2 chargers to promote clean air alternative-fuel technologies and the use of low- or zero-emission vehicles.

Grant amounts are provided as follows:

 $5000 per unit for Level 2 Single-Port Chargers

 $6,000 per unit for Level 2 Dual-Port Chargers

Funding amounts listed apply towards the charger, eligible installation costs, and necessary signage; they are not rebates nor intended for currently-installed charger units. Publicly accessible EV chargers must be available and opened to the public for a minimum of 30 hours per week during hours that would be reasonably used by the public. These chargers must be available for public use during times in which public parking is allowed at the site of the EV chargers.

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD): Public Benefit Program - Community Improvement Projects that Reduce Vehicle Use and Emissions Component

Deadline: Continuous Amount: Up to $3,000,000 per project

Match: 50% of the total project costs

Eligibility: cities, counties, special districts, public educational institutions located within the boundaries of the SJVAPCD’s jurisdiction

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (District) is pleased to announce the opening of the Community Improvement Projects that Reduce Vehicle Use and Emissions Component under its Public Benefit Grants Program. This component is intended to fund land use and community development projects that reduce vehicle use and emissions through enhanced walkability and increased use of zero and near-zero transportation options. The purpose of this component is to help provide match assistance funding to Valley public agencies to help enhance their applications for local, state, and federal funds for these types of projects. Eligible applicants are public agencies such as cities, counties, special districts (i.e. water districts, irrigation districts, etc.) and public educational institutions (i.e. school districts, community colleges, state universities, etc.) located within the geographic boundaries of the District. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


US Department of Transportation: FY 2017 California Federal Lands Access Program (CA FLAP)

Deadline: May 12, 2017

Amount: Varies. $32.9 Million allocated to entire program.

Match: 11.47% or greater of total project cost

Eligibility: State, county, tribal, or city government agencies that own or maintain the transportation facility.

The California Federal Lands Access Program (CA FLAP) is a competitive, discretionary program for states, counties, tribes and local governments. The program provides funds for transportation facilities that provide access to, or are located on or adjacent to Federal lands, with emphasis placed on facilities that improve access to high use recreation sites or Federal economic generators. The Federal lands access transportation facility must be owned or maintained by the state, tribe or local government. Eligible projects include engineering, rehabilitation, restoration, construction, reconstruction, transportation planning, and research of Federal lands access transportation facilities.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District: Bikeways, Roads, Lanes and Paths Program

Deadline: Continuous until funding exhausted

Amount: Varies. An initial allocation of $5 million is available, and funding will be awarded to qualifying projects on a first-come, first-served basis.

Match: None Eligibility: Municipalities, government agencies, and public educational institutions located within the boundaries of the Air District’s jurisdiction

In fiscal year ending 2016, up to $3.84 million are available for bicycle parking and bikeway projects. Funding is offered on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been spent. In order to be eligible for funding projects must be included in an adopted countywide bicycle plan, Congestion Management Plan (CMP), or the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Regional Bicycle Plan.

Funding is available for the following project types:

 New Class-1 bicycle paths;

 New Class-2 bicycle lanes;

 New Class-3 bicycle routes; and

 New Class-4 cycle tracks or separated bikeways.

California Statewide Communities Development Authority: Total Road Improvement Program (TRIP)

Deadline: Continuous Amount: Varies. Local governments leverage their State Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax to finance road improvement projects.

Eligibility: Local public agencies (cities and counties)

CSCDA offers a pooled securitization program to assist local agencies in bonding against future payments to obtain funding for more projects today. As a pooled public offering, program participants will benefit from reduced issuance costs and better interest rates as compared to stand alone issues. The program does not require a pledge of the local agency’s General Fund. The Gas Tax Accelerated Street Improvement Program will allow local governments to leverage their State Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax (the “Gas Excise Tax”) to finance road improvement projects. The use of proceeds from the Gas Excise Tax, an 18-cent State excise tax collected on fuel sales, is restricted to the maintenance and construction of public streets and highways. The obligations will be secured solely by a pledge of Gas Excise Tax revenues of the participating agencies.

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) Public Benefit Program - New Alternative Fuel Vehicle Purchase Grant

Deadline: Continuous until funding exhausted; ASAP

Amount: $20,000 per vehicle (max); $100,000 per agency (max) Match: Any vehicle costs in excess of the $20,000 reimbursement amount

Eligibility: Public agencies located within the boundaries of the SJVAPCD’s jurisdiction

This component provides funding for the purchase of new alternative fueled vehicles (Electric, Plug-In Hybrid, CNG, LNG, LPG, etc.) Applications for this component are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD): On-Road Heavy-Duty Voucher Incentive Program (VIP)

Deadline: Continuous until funds are exhausted

Amount: Maximum of $45,000 available per truck for replacements and up to $10,000 for retrofits

Match: None

Eligibility: owners/operators with fleets of 10 or fewer vehicles that have been operating at least 75% (mileage-based) in California during the previous twenty four (24) months in the SCAQMD service area.

VIP reduces emissions by replacing old, high-polluting vehicles with newer, lower-emission vehicles, or by installing a retrofit device. The goal of this program is to reduce emissions from in-use heavy-duty trucks in small fleets by retrofitting Engine Model Years 2006 and older or by replacing Engine Model Years 2006 and older with Model Years 2007 (or newer) emissions compliant models. The VIP is implemented by SCAQMD through contractual agreements with Dealers, Dismantlers, and Retrofit Installers. The Dealers/Retrofit Installers will apply to the SCAQMD for the vouchers on behalf of the applicant. If approved, the voucher amount will be deducted from the total purchase price of the truck or retrofit device by the Dealer or Retrofit Installer, respectively. Applicants interested in replacing their truck must purchase their replacement truck through an SCAQMD-approved VIP Participating Dealership that has completed the required training for the VIP. Similarly, applicants interested in retrofitting their truck must purchase their retrofit device through an SCAQMD-approved VIP Participating Retrofit Installer who has completed the required training for the VIP. A current list of SCAQMD approved Dealerships and Retrofit Installers is included below. Additional updates to these lists will be posted on our webpage as they become available.


California Natural Resources Agency (CRNA): Urban Greening Grant Program

Deadline: April 11, 2017 (for optional concept proposals); May 1, 2017 (for online application)

Amount: $76 million is available for urban greening projects for one grant cycle. There are no minimum or maximum grant amounts for this program.

Match: None

Eligibility: Cities, counties, special districts, nonprofit organizations or joint powers authorities.

The Urban Greening Program, funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, will fund projects that transform the built environment into places that are more sustainable, enjoyable, and effective in creating healthy and vibrant communities by establishing and enhancing parks and open space, using natural solutions to improving air and water quality and reducing energy consumption, and creating more walkable and bike-able trails. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. This program emphasizes, and gives priority to, projects that are proposed by and benefit the State’s disadvantaged communities. Examples of eligible urban greening projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

 Establishment, enhancement, and expansion of neighborhood parks and community spaces

 Greening of public lands and structures, including schoolyards, and which may include incorporation of riparian habitat for water capture and provide for other public and wildlife benefits

 Green streets and alleyways

 Non-motorized urban trails that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and schools

 Urban heat island mitigation and energy conservation efforts All eligible projects must result in GHG reductions by including at least one of the following activities: Sequester and store carbon by planting trees; Reduce building energy use by strategically planting trees to shade buildings; or Reduce commute vehicle miles traveled by constructing bicycle paths, bicycle lanes or pedestrian facilities that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and schools.

US Soccer Foundation: 2017 Safe Places to Play Grants


 Summer Grants Cycle: LOIs due May 26, 2017; Application due June 2, 2017

 Fall Grants Cycle: LOIs due September 29, 2017; Application due October 6, 2017

Amount: $4,000 - $50,000 or a percentage of total project amount in form of vendor credit (see details below)

Match: None required officially; applicants must contribute additional funds not covered by the grant award

Eligibility: Tax-exempt organizations including: 501(c)(3) nonprofits, churches, individual schools or school districts, cities or municipalities.

Safe Places to Play grants are available in four categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting, Irrigation, and Sport Court. Multi-sport field projects are eligible for funding, but such fields must be used most the time for soccer. Multi-field projects are also eligible. All Safe Places to Play grants (except for Irrigation) can be awarded for either indoor or outdoor field projects. Grants are disbursed as in-kind credit with their respective vendor:

 Synthetic Turf Grant Amount: up to 10% of the Hellas project quote.

 Lighting Grant Amount: Typically in the range of 15%-30% of project total, with a maximum of $25,000 per grant for single fields and $50,000 for multi-field projects.

 Irrigation Grant Amount: Typically in the range of $4,000 - $15,000, with a maximum of $15,000 per grant.

 Sport Court Grant Amount: Typically in the range of 15% - 50% of project total, with a maximum of $30,000 per grant.

No cash is disbursed as part of this grant. Grantees must use the specific vendor as the supplier for their field project. Applicants are required to submit an LOI describing basics of the project prior to being approved to submit a full application for funding.

Major League Baseball Foundation: Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Deadline: Quarterly (January 1, April 1, July 1, & October 1)

Amount: $40,000 average award size

Match: 50% or more of total project cost

Eligibility: Tax exempt organizations including municipalities, school districts, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball around the world by funding programs, fields, coaches' training, uniforms, and equipment. Grants are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund supports projects that meet the following evaluation criteria: increase the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs; improve the quality of youth baseball and softball programs.


The Home Depot Foundation: Community Impact Grants Program

Deadline: Continuous through December 31, 2017

Amount: Up to $5,000 in Home Depot Gift Cards

Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and public service agencies

The Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered: repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to lowincome or transitional housing or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.); weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income or transitional housing or community facilities; and engaging volunteers to help veterans in their community through service projects focusing on the renovation, repair, and improvement of homes and other properties. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 31, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online application.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation

Deadline: Continuous Amount: $100 - $500,000

Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, and educational institutions in communities served by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation provides support in communities in the company's area of operations. The Foundation considers requests falling in the following categories:

 Civic Services: This area includes organizations which are concerned with the environment and local community issues, such as crime prevention, parks and recreation, diversity and community development.

 Cultural Organizations: This area includes performing arts, visual arts, fine arts, and museums and other related activities that offer opportunities for underserved children to experience cultural learning events.

 Educational Institutions: This area includes both public and private education, primarily at the college level. (Grants of an exceptional nature may be made to vocational and noncollege schools. Preferably, contributions will be directed toward the improvement of the quality of education.)

 Health and Human Service Organizations: This area includes hospitals, medical programs, and programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention, spouse and child abuse, women's and children's aid, and transitional shelters.

 Youth Organizations: This area includes Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire, Scouts, Junior Achievement, and similar groups. Federated organizations such as United Way and American Red Cross are also supported. To be considered for a grant, requests should meet at least two of the following criteria: The organization or project has significant Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) employee participation; the organization or the services provided are in close proximity to a BNSF main line or BNSF is the only railroad or major corporation in the applicant's area of the state; the request is related to the railroad industry; or, the request is for direct programming or project support.

SG Foundation Deadline: Continuous Amount: $300 - $35,000

Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations in Fresno, Kern, Kings, and northern Santa Barbara counties

The SG Foundation's purpose is to encourage and enable underserved or disadvantaged individuals and communities to partner together to help themselves. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Fresno, Kern, Kings, or northern Santa Barbara counties in California. The Foundation also supports U.S. nonprofit organizations working in Central America, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Haiti.

Union Pacific Foundation Community-Based Grant Program

Deadline: Preliminary applications: August 14, annually; Final applications: August 15, annually Grant currently under re-development. Will re-open in April 2018. Amount: $10,000

Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and local municipalities in communities served by the Union Pacific Railroad The Union Pacific Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities served by Union Pacific, primarily in the Midwestern and western United States. (A map of Union Pacific's service area is available on the UP website.)

Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program

Deadline: January 3 - September 30, annually Amount: Varies; typically around $50,000

Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations

The Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program supports nonprofit organizations that address vital community needs and issues in the communities served by the bank. Guidelines for charitable contributions vary from state to state. However, Wells Fargo generally supports the following areas of interest:

 community development, including affordable housing and homebuyer education, workforce development, financial literacy, and economic development;

 education, including higher education and K-12 education;

 human services, including childcare, healthcare, and basic needs;

 the environment, including green economy and clean technologies, natural resources, and endangered species; and,

 arts and culture, including performing arts and museums; and,

 civic engagement. Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and events for nonprofits.


Economic Development Administration (EDA): FY 2017 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant Programs

Deadline: Continuous until new solicitation published

Amount: $100,000 - $3,000,000

Match: 50% of project cost

Eligibility: Cities; Counties; 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments; Private institutions of higher education; Special district governments and

Under this FFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide 19 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.


US Department of Justice: Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant

Deadline: April 25, 2017 Amount: Up to 45 awards between $100,000 and $750,000 depending on project category.

Match: None required

Eligibility: State agencies, local governments, federally-recognized tribal governments

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) establishes a comprehensive, coordinated, and balanced strategy through enhanced grant programs that expand prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery. The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based program was developed as part of the CARA legislation. The purpose of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive diversion and alternatives to incarceration programs that expand outreach, treatment, and recovery efforts to individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic who come into contact with justice system.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDING FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program

Deadline: April 1; August 1; and December 1 annually Award amount: $2500-$5000

Match: None

Eligibility: Fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local, and community organizations

The FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program supports a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts throughout the U.S. and internationally. Funded projects include pre-fire planning for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities; fire and arson prevention and investigation; and fire prevention education and training programs.

Firefighters Charitable Foundation

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies

Match: None

Assists fire and disaster victims; and supports Volunteer Fire Departments. Grants offered for the following needs/programs: AED (Automatic External Defibrillator); Fire Department Equipment Program; Community Smoke Detector Program; and the Juvenile Fire-setter Prevention and Intervention Program.

Fire Fighters Support Foundation, Inc.

Deadline: Quarterly

Amount: $5-10,000

Match: None

The Firefighters Support Foundation pro-actively makes contributions to funds established for the children of fallen firefighters. This financial support may be applied for by downloading, completing, and mailing an application on the foundation’s website.

Fireman's Fund Heritage Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies

Match: None

Fireman’s Fund awards grants to fire departments and fire & burn prevention organizations to support firefighters for safer communities. These grants can be used to purchase needed equipment, firefighter training, and community education programs.


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) Program

Deadline: April 25, 2017

Amount: 24 awards of up to $400,000 per year

Match: None

Eligibility: Local governments; Federally recognized American Indian tribal organizations; Public or private universities and colleges; and Community- and faith-based organizations.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (Short Title: GBHI).

The purpose of this program is to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation of a community infrastructure that integrates behavioral health treatment and services for substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (COD), permanent housing, and other critical services for individuals (including youth) and families experiencing homelessness. Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline. Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Joseph Drown Foundation Education & Community Grants

Deadline: Quarterly (January 15th; April 15th ; July 15th; October 15th)

Amount: Varies by application

Match: None

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits, government institutions, schools in the Los Angeles area

The Foundation's goal is to assist individuals in becoming successful, self-sustaining, contributing citizens. The Foundation is interested in programs that break down any barrier that prevents a person from continuing to grow and learn through grant programs including: 1) Education: Education is the primary focus of the Foundation. The Foundation supports education programs in K-12, at both public and private schools, that seek to solve the existing problems in Los Angeles area schools. These grants for education reform can be made directly to the schools or to independent organizations which are closely involved with this issue. In addition, the Foundation provides funds to private secondary schools, colleges and universities for student financial assistance, in the form of both scholarships and loan programs. Favor is given to those programs directed at talented middle income students who are unable to obtain assistance from sources specifically available to low income students. 2) Community, Health, & Social Services: The Foundation is also committed to improving the quality of life in the local community. The Foundation supports programs that encourage all individuals to reach their fullest potential. The best chance a young person has to reach that goal is to stay in school, inside a functioning family, and outside the juvenile justice system. To that end, the Foundation supports programs that deal with issues such as the high drop-out rate, lack of sufficient health care, substance abuse and violence. In addition, the Foundation will consider programs that address poverty issues and assist the economically disadvantaged. Programs aimed at solutions to or the prevention of these problems are favored. Although the Foundation recognizes the importance of Community, Health, and Social Services, it is not the Foundation's primary funding focus.


International Paper Foundation: Environmental Education & Literacy Grants

Deadline: Quarterly (February 1, April 1, August 1, and October 1, annually)

Amount: $100 - $100,000 Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, government entities, and school districts

The foundation's primary focus areas include the following:

1. Environmental Education: The Foundation supports programs that help both younger and older generations understand a sustainable approach balancing environmental, social, and economic needs. Examples of supported programs include:

 science-based programs targeting children;

 outdoor classrooms at schools or in communities;

 outdoor science programs tied to forestry, air, or water; and,

 education-based programs that promote recycling, tree planting, and composting initiatives.

2. Literacy: The Foundation addresses literacy through support of programs that:

 enhance availability of reading materials at school and community libraries;

 enhance reading skills of children and adults; and,

 teach English as a Second Language (ESL).

The Foundation provides limited consideration for funding to new critical needs in company communities. Consideration is given to one-time, non-recurring needs which benefit the community at large. The Foundation considers providing “seed” money on a one-time basis for requests that identify a community-wide need and provide details of sustaining the initiative within the community beyond International Paper funding. The Foundation generally does not fund capital, economic development, or multi-year projects. Average grant awards are around $100.

Leon S. Peters Foundation Grant

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: $1,000 - $50,000 (average award is $1,000)

Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations in the Fresno, Ca.area

Contact Info(no website): Phone (559) 251-3002; Primary Contact; Mr. Samuel K. Peters, President; 6424 East Butler, Fresno, CA 93727

The Leon S. Peters Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the Fresno, CA, area. The Foundation's areas of interest include: arts and culture; children and youth; Christian organizations; civic affairs; health; higher education; and social services. Types of support include general operating and project support. Interested applicants should submit a written request that includes a description of the organization, the purpose for which funds are being requested, and the amount of the request. Applicants should also include a copy of the IRS letter confirming tax-exempt status. 23 Stuart Foundation Grant Funding Deadline: Continuous (LOIs may be submitted at any time)

Amount: Varies. The amount requested from the Foundation should be proportionate to your organizational budget, project budget, and expected income from other sources

Match: None

Eligibility: school districts, universities, and government entities such as city or county agencies in California

The Stuart Foundation is dedicated to transforming the public education and child welfare systems in California and Washington so that all youth can learn and achieve in school and life. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that address the following priorities: The Education Systems category invests in coordinated programs, partnerships, and research and policy analysis that help students to learn and achieve in school by developing effective education systems. The Vulnerable Youth in Child Welfare category partners with child welfare agencies to help children and youth in foster care to realize positive outcomes in the following focus areas: safety, permanency, well-being, education opportunities, and youth, family, and community engagement. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time; the Foundation will take up to 60 days to respond to an LOI.

The Kresge Foundation: Human Services Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies.

Match: None

Eligibility: government agencies and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations

The Kresge Foundation works to improve the life circumstances of poor and low-income children and adults and those living in underserved communities. Through the Human Services Program, the Foundation seeks to expand access and opportunity for individuals and families who are vulnerable and low-income by strengthening human services organizations and promoting new responses to challenges in the sector. One of the program’s focus areas, “Advancing the effectiveness of human-serving organizations,” provides grants to enhance the ability of high-performing organizations to innovate and effectively support individuals and families on the path to self-sufficient, self-determined lives. Preference is given to nonprofit organizations and government entities that employ integrated, innovative, culturally responsive approaches to change the circumstances of people outside the economic mainstream. Preliminary inquiries may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information.

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies.

Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofits and educational organizations in communities with company stores. 24

The Whole Foods Market Community Giving Program supports local nonprofit and educational organizations that are important to each community in the U.S. where stores are located. Several times each year, Whole Foods Market stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as "5% Days") where five percent of that day's net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. Each year Whole Foods Market gives a minimum of 5% of its net profits to nonprofit and educational organizations in the locations where the company has stores. E


FEMA: 2016 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grant

Release: TBD (estimated March 2017)

Deadline: TBD (estimated April 2017)

Amount: Varies by project. $34 Million was allocated for the entire program in the previous FY 2015 cycle.

Match: 5% match typically required

Eligibility: Fire departments; state/local/tribal volunteer fire departments

The purpose of the FP&S Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development.

Strategic Growth Council: Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Grant

Release: TBD (possibly March 2017) Concept

Application Deadline: TBD (possibly March/April 2017) Full Application Deadline: TBD (possibly late June 2017, pending approval of concept application)

Amount: The maximum AHSC Program loan or grant award, or combination thereof, for a TOD, ICP and RIPA Project Area is $20 million with a minimum award of at least $1 million.

Match: Typically none.

Eligibility: Local Governments (City, County, City/County); Local Transportation Agencies; Public Housing Authority; Transit Agency or Operator; Regional Transportation Planning Agency; Congestion Management Agency; Joint Powers Authority; School District; Facilities District; University or Community College District; Developer (Public, Private, or Nonprofit); Program Operator (Public, Private, or Nonprofit)

California Natural Resources Agency: 2017 Museum Grant

Program Release: TBD (Spring 2017)

Deadline: TBD (September 2017)

Amount: Up to $50,000

Match: Dollar for dollar

Eligibility: Public agency (federal, state, city, county, district, association of governments, joint powers or Federally Recognized Indian Tribe); Nonprofit organizations

The program is a competitive grant program to support small capital asset projects in museums. For purposes of this program "capital asset" means tangible physical property with an expected useful life of 15 years or more. A capital asset project may be either of the following: 1. Acquisition of real property, that is, tangible physical property, including easements; or 2. Development of real (tangible physical) property. "Development" includes but is not limited to, improvement, rehabilitation, restoration, enhancement, preservation and protection. For purposes of this program, "museum" means a public or private nonprofit institution that is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes and that owns or uses tangible objects, cares for those objects, and exhibits them to the public on a regular basis. A public agency, nonprofit entity or Federally Recognized Tribe responsible for the operation of a museum may apply on behalf of the museum; or, a museum located within a parent organization (i.e., a municipality, university, historical society or cultural center) may apply on its own if it independently fulfills all the eligibility requirements.



Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 04:50

Median home prices in California have surged past the $600,000 mark for the first time ever, according to new data from the California Association of Realtors.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 04:47

A bipartisan effort to reduce the state’s excise tax on commercial marijuana has failed, leaving open the question of whether California’s