California Consulting Announces the Municipal Grant Opportunities List for January 2016

MUNICIPAL GRANTS FOR JANUARY 2016

CalFire: 2015-2016 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund (SRAFPF) Grant Program
Deadline: January 7, 2016
Amount: $100,000 per project
Match: None required, but CalFire encourages applicants to provide matching funds
Eligibility: local government, fire districts, community services districts, water districts, and special districts with SRA within their jurisdiction, or certified local conservation corps, Fire Safe Councils, or other nonprofit organizations organized under Section 501(c)(3)
http://calfire.ca.gov/fire_prevention/fire_prevention_fund_grants
The SRAFPF Grant Program provides funding for projects related to fuel (vegetation) hazard reduction, fire prevention education and training, and fire prevention planning. Projects funded by the SRAFPF will reduce the risk of fire ignition and spread in and adjacent to communities, educate owners of habitable structures about wildfire risks, or allow for strategic, long-term planning to reduce the risk of wildfire to communities in the SRA throughout the State.  Qualifying projects and activities include those related to hazardous fuel reduction, fire prevention planning, fire prevention education and training that reduce the risk and potential impact of wildfire on habitable structures in the SRA.

 

Fresno COG: 2015-2016 ​Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Program Call for Projects​

Deadline: January 7, 2016

Amount: $26.4 Million allocated to Fresno COG program

Match: None

Eligibility: city, county, special district, Caltrans, transit operator, transit authority or a non-profit agency with the sponsorship of a public agency

http://www.fresnocog.org/cmaq

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program is to fund transportation projects or programs that will contribute to attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Funding can be expended on projects to reduce ozone precursor emissions (including nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC)), carbon monoxide (CO), and particulate matter (PM) emissions or PM precursor (e.g. NOx) emissions from transportation.

 

FEMA: FY 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program
Release: December 7, 2015
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Amount: $1 Million to $3.4 Million; AFG Awards are determined based on a jurisdiction’s population size​

Match: Between 5% and 15% of the total project cost, based on a jurisdiction’s population size
Eligibility: Fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, State Fire Training Academies
https://www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

 

US Bureau of Reclamation: WaterSMART – Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Deadline: January 20, 2016

Amount: Funding Group I (small projects): $300,000; Funding Group II (larger, phased projects): $1,000,000

Match: 50% or more of project costs

Eligibility: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority

http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/index.html

The WaterSMART Program focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. It identifies strategies to ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, economic activities, recreation and ecosystem health. The program also identifies adaptive measures to address climate change and its impact on future water demands.  Through the WaterSMART Grants, Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, Tribes, States and other entities with water or power delivery authority. Projects should seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, protect endangered species, or facilitate water markets. Projects are selected through a competitive process and the focus is on projects that can be completed within 24 months that will help sustainable water supplies in the western United States.  Proposals must seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.

 

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): The Big Read Grant Program

Deadline: January 27, 2016

Amount: $5,000 – $20,000

Match: Dollar for dollar
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; a unit of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library

Eligibility Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants.

​http://www.neabigread.org/application_process.php

​NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.  NEA Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs that encourage reading and the participation of diverse audiences. Organizations selected to participate in the NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital guides, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.  Grant funds may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, promotion, and venue rental. Grants must be matched 1 to 1 with nonfederal funds such as staff salaries and wages, private grants, in-kind contributions, and earned revenues.

 

US Soccer Foundation: 2016 Safe Places to Play Grants

Deadline: 2016 Spring Grant Cycle

·         LOIs due by January 29, 2016

·         Application deadline – February 5, 2016

Amount: $4,000 – $50,000 or a percentage of total project amount in form of vendor credit

Match: None required officially; applicants will have to 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.

http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org/our-grants/

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 a majority of 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.

 

California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS): 2017 Emergency Medical Services GME Grant

Deadline: January 30, 2016

Amount: Varies.  Applicants asked to provide reasonable costs for the requested services.

Match: None required

Eligibility: Cities, counties, fire protection districts

http://www.ots.ca.gov/Grants/Apply/default.asp
The city/county/fire protection district will serve as the lead agency for a regional extrication equipment distribution grant for their county using this OTS Grants Made Easy (GME) application. The extrication equipment is used by first responders to safely extricate victims trapped in traffic collisions. “Best practice” strategies will be used to reduce the response time for the arrival of appropriate extrication equipment to traffic collision scenes and the time to extricate the victims of traffic collision, thus increasing survivability. The grant will provide funding for new equipment and training for fire departments without extrication equipment or those that have existing equipment that has reached the end of its usable lifespan and is in need of replacement.

 

California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS): 2017 Probation GME Grant

Deadline: January 30, 2016

Amount: Varies.  Applicants asked to provide reasonable costs for the requested services.

Match: None required

Eligibility: County probation departments

http://www.ots.ca.gov/Grants/Apply/default.asp

The County Probation Department will work to reduce DUI related fatalities, injuries, and DUI recidivism using this OTS Grants Made Easy (GME) application.  The worst-of-the worst, high-risk, felony, and repeat DUI offenders will be held accountable through intensive supervision to ensure compliance with court ordered conditions of probation and to prevent re-arrest on new DUI charges.  Supervision activities include: monitoring of treatment and DUI program participation, conducting office visits, unannounced fourth waiver searches, field visits, random alcohol/drug testing, distribution of HOT sheets, and participation with local law enforcement on anti-DUI efforts.

California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS): 2017 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) GME Grant

Deadline: January 30, 2016

Amount: Varies.  Applicants asked to provide reasonable costs for the requested services.

Match: None required

Eligibility: Cities, counties

http://www.ots.ca.gov/Grants/Apply/default.asp

Using this OTS Grants Made Easy (GME) application, applicants will conduct best practice strategies to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in crashes involving alcohol and other primary collision factors. The funded strategies may include impaired driving enforcement, enforcement operations focusing on primary collision factors, distracted driving, night-time seat belt enforcement, special enforcement operations encouraging motorcycle safety, enforcement and public awareness in areas with a high number of bicycle and pedestrian collisions, and educational programs. These strategies are designed to earn media attention thus enhancing the overall deterrent effect.

 

California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS): 2017 Vertical Prosecution GME Grant

Deadline: January 30, 2016

Amount: Varies.  Applicants asked to provide reasonable costs for the requested services.

Match: None required

Eligibility: City or county district attorney offices

http://www.ots.ca.gov/Grants/Apply/default.asp

The County District Attorney’s Office (or City Attorney’s Office) will assign a specialized team to prosecute alcohol and drug impaired driving cases using this OTS Grants Made Easy (GME) application. The DUI prosecution team will handle cases throughout each step of the criminal process. Prosecution team members will work with the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program to increase the capabilities of the team and the office by obtaining and delivering specialized training. Team members will share information with peers and law enforcement personnel throughout the county and across the state. The office will accomplish these objectives as a means to prevent impaired driving and reduce alcohol and drug-involved traffic fatalities and injuries.

 

California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS): 2017 General Grant Application

Deadline: January 30, 2016

Amount: Varies.  Applicants asked to provide reasonable costs for the requested services.

Match: None required

Eligibility: Cities, counties

http://www.ots.ca.gov/Grants/Apply/default.asp

OTS offers applicants the ability to create their own program adhering to several program topics, described below:

Motorcycle Safety: Motorcycle safety grants focus on reducing motorcycle involved fatal and injury collisions.  This type of grant provides funding for concentrated enforcement, public education campaigns and motorcycle safety, outreach and education efforts to increase vehicle driver’s awareness of motorcycles.  During the month of May highly publicized enforcement operations and media events are conducted to promote “Motorcycle Awareness Month.”
Occupant Protection: Occupant Protection grants provide highly effective programs which reduce traffic fatalities and injuries by increasing the usage of seat belts and child safety seats.  These grants provide traffic safety education, low-cost child safety seats, bilingual educational programs and materials, and overtime funds to conduct child safety seat checkups and enforcement.  A strong commitment requires help from the entire community including public agencies and the private sector to increase seat belt and child safety seat compliance and correct usage.
Older Drivers: Grant funding would include training for law enforcement and emergency medical professionals to better identify impairments in older drivers and take appropriate actions.  In addition OTS funds traffic safety presentations for the senior community.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety: OTS grantees conduct traffic safety rodeos for elementary, middle and high schools, and community groups in an effort to increase awareness among various age groups.  To boost compliance with the law and decrease injuries, safety helmets are properly fitted and distributed to children in need.  Court diversion courses may be established in communities for those violating the bicycle helmet law.  Other programs target high-risk populations and areas with multicultural public education addressing safer driving, biking and walking behaviors.  A bicycle and pedestrian community program should be designed to increase safety awareness and skills among pedestrians and bicyclists and should also address driver behaviors.  Two types of programs are described below.  A comprehensive program should include both elements: 1) education and 2) enforcement.
Education: Educational efforts may be designed to include the entire community or specific target groups.  Educational efforts may include bicycle rodeos, school presentations, community presentations, public service announcements and the distribution of pamphlets and posters to increase public awareness and education.
Police Traffic Services (PTS): The PTS program focuses on enforcing and encouraging compliance with seat belt use, impaired driving, speed limit and other traffic laws.  This grant provides for Full Time Personnel if your Department has a retention plan for the traffic officer after the grant ends and overtime for enforcement, equipment, and other direct costs. Examples of funded equipment include: motorcycles, radar and laser speed measuring devices, visible display radar trailers, DUI checkpoint trailers, preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) devices, and computers.
CA Department of Parks & Recreation (CA State Parks): Land Water Conservation Fund
Deadline: February 3, 2016
Amount: $2,000,000 maximum request
Match: dollar for dollar (1 to 1); applicants will have to demonstrate they can fund 100% of the project costs; then will be reimbursed for 50% of that total.
Eligibility: Cities, counties and districts authorized to acquire, develop, operate and maintain park and recreation areas
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21360
The California Department of Parks and Recreation and its Office of Grants and Local Assistance (OGALS), in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) offers the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to provide funding for cities and counties to acquire, develop, operate and maintain park and recreation areas and facilities.  Priority development projects include trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, natural areas and cultural areas for recreational use.  Property acquired or developed under the program must be maintained in perpetuity for public outdoor recreation use.

 

California Office of Housing and Community Development (HCD): Housing-Related Parks Program

Deadline: February 4, 2016

Amount: Minimum grant amount: $75,000; no set maximum award

Match: None

Eligibility: cities and counties or a combination of those entities

http://www.hcd.ca.gov/housing-policy-development/housing-related-parks-program/

The Housing Related Parks Program provides grants for the creation of new parks/community recreation facilities or rehabilitation or improvements to existing parks/community recreation facilities. Grant amounts are based on the numbers of bedrooms in newly constructed rental and ownership units restricted for very low and low-income households.  Building permits could have been issued as early as Jan. 1, 2010. Eligible applicants can receive up to $2,200 per bedroom for LI units/$2,725 per bedroom for VLI/ELI units. Units substantially rehabilitated, converted from market rate to affordable, and preserved with certificates of occupancy issued during the designated program year are also eligible to receive funding provided they meet the requirements of paragraph (2) of subdivision (c) of Section 65583.1 of the Government Code.  Qualifying rental units must be rent-restricted for at least 55 years. Ownership units must be initially sold to qualifying households at affordable cost. Any public funds used to achieve affordability in ownership units must be recovered on resale and reused for affordable housing for at least 20 years. Very low income means not over 50 percent of area median income, adjusted for family size. Low-income means not over 80 percent of area median income, adjusted for family size.​

 

Strategic Growth Council (SGC): Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program

Deadline: February 16, 2016 (pre-proposals); May 2, 2016 (full applications)

Amount: $250,000 maximum

Match: 10% of total project costs; 5% may be in-kind and 5% must be cash

Eligibility: Counties and/or cities as lead applicant(s) in collaboration with other partners (e.g., agricultural organizations, land trusts, open space districts)

http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/SALCP/Pages/Index.aspx

The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program) supports the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals by making strategic investments to protect agricultural lands from conversion to land uses with more GHG-intensive purposes. Protecting critical agricultural lands from conversion to urban or rural residential development promotes smart growth within existing jurisdictions, ensures open space remains available, and supports a healthy agricultural economy and resulting food security. A healthy and resilient agricultural sector is becoming increasingly important in meeting the challenges occurring and anticipated as a result of climate change. These 2015-16 SALC Program Guidelines serve as the Request for Grant Applications (2015-16 RFGA), which cover the following investment types:

1.      Agricultural Land Conservation Strategies and Outcomes – Grants to counties, cities, and partners to design and implement a local or regional agricultural land conservation strategy that results in an outcome that reduces GHG emissions through the long-term protection of agricultural lands under threat of conversion by promoting regional growth within discrete boundaries.

2.      Agricultural Conservation Easements – Grants to protect important agricultural lands under threat of conversion via permanent agricultural conservation easements.

 

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD): Public Benefit Grants Program – Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Grant

Deadline: February 18, 2016

Amount: $5 Million total allocation for program

Match: Not required

Eligibility: 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.

​http://valleyair.org/grants/publicbenefit.htm

The District is requesting proposals for projects that demonstrate air quality and public benefits with respect to alternative fuel infrastructure. For this funding allocation, the District is only seeking proposals from the following areas:

1.      Focus Area I: New Alternative Fuel Infrastructure – Eligible projects in this area are restricted to the construction of a new facility where there is currently no facility.

2.      Focus Area II: Expansion to Existing Alternative Fuel Infrastructure – Eligible projects in this area are restricted to the expansion of existing, in-use alternative fuel facilities so that public agencies may increase the amount of fuel throughput and vehicles serviced at their current facilities. Projects for the repair of existing alternative fuel infrastructure are not eligible under this RFP.

District staff will consider proposals for infrastructure projects for the following fuels: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the combination of both CNG and LNG, propane, electricity, and other alternative fuels.

 

US Department of Labor: Tech Hire Partnership Grants
Deadline: March 11, 2016
Amount: $2,000,000 to $5,000,000
Match: None
Eligibility: public or non-profit organizations
http://www.doleta.gov/TechHire/
The TechHire partnership grant program is designed to equip individuals with the skills they need through innovative approaches that can rapidly train workers for and connect them to well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of H-1B industries such as Information Technology (IT), healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and broadband. Projects funded by this grant program will help participants begin careers in H-1B occupations and industries which are in-demand and/or high growth in the area applicants are proposing to serve. On a limited basis, this grant program will also enable applicants to work with companies on increasing the skills of existing workers in lower-skilled jobs to move into more highly skilled positions requiring technology-related skills. These grants will pilot and scale public-private partnerships among the workforce investment system, education and training providers, and business-related nonprofit organizations.

 

Employment and Training Administration (ETA): FY2016 Strengthening Working Families Initiative Grant

Deadline: March 16, 2015

Amount: $4,000,000

Match: 25% of total requested funds

Eligibility: public-private partnerships (see details below)
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20152438.htm
The grants will support public-private partnerships that bridge gaps between local workforce development and child-care systems. In addition to addressing these systemic barriers, funded programs will enable parents to access training and customized supportive services needed for IT, health care, advanced manufacturing jobs, and others. All participants in grant funded programs must be custodial parents, legal guardians, foster parents, or others standing in loco parentis with at least one dependent. Up to 25 percent of the grantees total budget may be used to provide quality, affordable care and other services to support their participation in training.  Grants up to $4 million will be awarded to partnerships that include the public workforce system, education and training providers, business entities, and local child-care or human-service providers. In addition, all partnerships must include at least three employers.

 

State Water Resources Control Board: Interim Emergency Drinking Water and Drought Related Drinking Water Funding Application

Deadline: Applications accepted until June 30, 2016

Amount: $500,000

Match: None

Eligibility: Public Agencies, Community Water Systems, Not-for-Profit Organizations, Tribes

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/caa/dw_droughtfund/index.shtml

On March 27, 2015, Governor Brown approved a $1 billion emergency drought relief package to take effect immediately. As a result of the Governor’s action, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) approved $19 million in funding from the Cleanup and Abatement Account to meet interim emergency drinking water needs for those communities with a contaminated water supply or that suffer drought related water outages or threatened emergencies.  Eligible projects include Bottled Water; Well Repair, Well Rehabilitation, and Replacement; Vending Machines; Point of Use Devices (for example, Filtration); Hauled Water; Emergency Interties; and Treatment Systems.

 

US Soccer Foundation: 2016 Program Grants

Deadline: October 7, 2015

Amount: $50,000

Match: None required officially; applicants will have to 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.

http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org/our-grants/

Program Grants are awarded for grantees to purchase soccer equipment and/or cash to cover operating expenses including:

·         Equipment – all equipment grants are awarded as credit with www.soccer.com and/or www.kwikgoal.com.  No cash is distributed for equipment. Eligible equipment expenses: jerseys, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, balls, goals (pop-up or permanent), polo shirts for coaches, whistles, cones, ball bags, first aid kits, scrimmage vests, etc.

·         Cash – cash for operating expenses is disbursed in one check after the grant agreement and all paperwork have been completed.  Eligible operating expenses: stipends for coaches and program managers, transportation, healthy snacks, award banquets for players, field or facility rental fees, referee fees, background checks, family engagement events, etc.  Urban Soccer Symposium: All grantees receiving a cash grant award will receive a $1,000 Urban Soccer Symposium stipend as part of the cash grant to cover expenses related to travel to the Urban Soccer Symposium held by the U.S. Soccer Foundation in Washington, D.C.

 

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

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

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/water_recycling/proposition1_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.

 

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
http://web.mlbcommunity.org/index.jsp?content=programs&program=baseball_tomorrow_fund

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 Hardwood Forestry Fund Grants

Deadline: Quarterly each year — March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31

Amount: Varies — Funding restricted to $1/seedling or less

Match: None.

Eligibility: States, local governments, universities, nonprofits

http://www.hardwoodforestryfund.org/?page_id=105

The Hardwood Forestry Fund promotes hardwood timber growth, management, education, and environmentally sound uses of renewable forest resources by providing grant funding to partnering organizations. The Hardwood Forestry Fund supports sustainable forestry by funding selective tree planting, direct seeding, natural regeneration, management, and hardwood research requests. Member forest products companies, foundations, and individuals provide funding for Hardwood Forestry Fund projects.  The Fund supports projects on public land including state, local, or university land, or on property owned by non-profit organizations. The land must be allocated for multiple use. Appropriate planting sites include: idle land being converted to forest, sites damaged by wildfire, insect or disease, ice, or wind storm, and naturally regenerating sites lacking desired stocking or species composition.

 

 

 

GRANTS WITH CONTINUOUS DEADLINES

 

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

http://www.bnsffoundation.org/

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 non-college 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.

 

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
http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/partnership/index.html

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.

 

California Farmland Conservancy Program
Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies

Match: 5% of grant total

http://www.consrv.ca.gov/dlrp/cfcp/funding/Pages/request_grant_app.aspx

The Department of Conservation’s California Farmland Conservancy Program provides grants to local governments and qualified nonprofit organizations for:

·         voluntary acquisition of conservation easements on agricultural lands that are under pressure of being converted to non-agricultural uses;

·         temporary purchase of agricultural lands that are under pressure of being converted to non-agricultural uses, as a phase in the process of placing an agricultural conservation easement;

·         agricultural land conservation planning and policy projects; and,

·         restoration of and improvements to agricultural land already under easement

 

California Statewide Communities Development Authority: 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Bond Application

Deadline: Continuous

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

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) Nonprofits

http://cscda.org/Apply-Online/501(c)(3)-Nonprofit

Qualified nonprofit organizations can access low-cost, tax-exempt bonds to finance or refinance the acquisition, construction, installation, expansion or rehabilitation of land, buildings, and equipment. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization can finance projects at a lower interest rate than conventional financing because the interest paid to bondholders is exempt from federal (and in some instances state) income taxes.

Note: This funding opportunity is being listed on the Municipal Grant List so that cities can offer it to eligible organizations within their community.

 

California Statewide Communities Development Authority: Housing Bond Application

Deadline: Continuous

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

Eligibility: Nonprofit and For-profit developers

http://cscda.org/Apply-Online/Affordable-Housing

For-profit and nonprofit developers can access tax-exempt bonds for the financing of low-income multifamily and senior housing projects. The Bonds may be used to finance or refinance the acquisition and rehabilitation of an existing project or for the construction of a new project, provided the developer agrees to set aside all, or a portion, of the units in a project for individuals and families of very low, low or moderate income.

Note: This funding opportunity is being listed on the Municipal Grant List so that cities can offer it to eligible organizations within their community.

 

California Statewide Communities Development Authority: IDBs/Manufacturing Bond Program

Deadline: Continuous

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

Eligibility: Manufacturers

http://cscda.org/Apply-Online/IDB-Manufacturing

Eligible manufacturers can access cost-effective, tax-exempt bond proceeds to acquire, construct or rehabilitate manufacturing facilities that promote job creation and retention. Bond proceeds may also be used for the acquisition of new equipment.

Note: This funding opportunity is being listed on the Municipal Grant List so that cities can offer it to eligible organizations within their community.

 

California Statewide Communities Development Authority: Airport/Solid Waste/Exempt Facilities Bond Program

Deadline: Continuous

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

Eligibility: Companies

http://cscda.org/Apply-Online/Exempt-Facilities-Solid-Waste

This program offers companies seeking cost-effective, tax-exempt capital to finance the acquisition and rehabilitation, construction of, or the acquisition of new equipment for solid waste and exempt facilities.

Note: This funding opportunity is being listed on the Municipal Grant List so that cities can offer it to eligible organizations within their community.

 

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

http://cscda.org/Apply-Online/Statewide-Community-Infrastructure-Program

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”).

 

California Statewide Communities Development Authority: Taxable Bonds Program Deadline: Continuous

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

Eligibility: Public and private entities

http://cscda.org/Apply-Online/Taxable-Bonds

This program offers public and private entities taxable bonds for projects that provide public benefit and economic development. Longer term taxable bonds can often provide cost savings and other efficiencies.

Note: This funding opportunity is being listed on the Municipal Grant List so that cities can offer it to eligible organizations within their community.

 

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)

http://cscda.org/Public-Agency-Programs/Total-Road-Improvement-Programs-(TRIP)

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.

 

 

Economic Development Administration (EDA): FY2016 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
http://www.eda.gov/funding-opportunities/
Under this FFO, 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.

FEMA: Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAGP)

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: $500,000

Match: FMAGP provides a 75% Federal cost share and the State pays the remaining 25% for actual costs.

http://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grant-program

The Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAGP) funds the mitigation, management, and control of fires on publicly or privately owned forests or grasslands, which threaten such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.  The FMAGP declaration process is initiated when a State submits a request for assistance to the FEMA Regional Director at the time a “threat of major disaster” exists. The entire process is accomplished on an expedited basis and a FEMA decision is rendered in a matter of hours.  Eligible firefighting costs may include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; tools, materials and supplies; and mobilization and demobilization activities.
FireFighters Charitable Foundation
Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies

Match: None

http://www.ffcf.org/

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

http://www.ffsupport.org/assistance.html

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

https://www.firemansfund.com/home/policyholders/about_us/supporting_firefighters/index.html

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.

 

FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program
Deadline: Continuous

Award amount: $2500-$5000

Match: None
http://www.fmglobal.com/page.aspx?id=01060200

Through the Fire Prevention Grant Program, fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts, including:

·         Pre-fire planning for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities

·         Fire and arson prevention and investigation

·         Fire prevention education and training programs

 

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.

 

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 agencies intending to install EV chargers for the purpose of public access charging.

Eligibility Note: Public agencies must be located within the boundaries of the SJVAPCD, which includes the counties of: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and the valley portion of Kern.

http://www.valleyair.org/grants/chargeup.htm

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.

Publically 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 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 may apply and must be located within the boundaries of the SJVAPCD, which includes the counties of: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and the valley portion of Kern.

http://valleyair.org/grants/publicbenefit.htm

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.

 

SG Foundation

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: $300 – $35,000

Match: None

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

http://sgfoundation.org/

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.  Most of the grants awarded by the Foundation fall into one of the following categories:

·         community development;

·         agricultural development;

·         adult literacy and youth education;

·         village banking programs that promote entrepreneurial efforts;

·         medical care;

·         health and nutrition training;

·         job training; and,

·         clean water projects.

·         The Foundation funds projects that:

·         benefit individuals and communities at or below the poverty level;

·         improve the quality of life through community development, education, medical help, jobs, agriculture, housing, and water;

·         focus on long-term development, rather than one-time relief projects; and,

·         have a Judeo-Christian influence on those served.

 

Sierra Pacific Foundation Grant

Deadline: Annually on February 28

Amount: $100 – $50,000

Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations

http://www.spi-ind.com/spf_contributions.aspx

The Sierra Pacific Foundation supports a wide range of organizations that serve communities where Sierra Pacific Industries operates facilities, primarily in Northern California and Washington.  Funding is provided for academic and community programs, particularly those that benefit children. Specific areas of interest include:

·         K-12 and higher education;

·         libraries;

·         museums;

·         civic affairs;

·         arts and culture;

·         parks and recreation;

·         youth sports;

·         health and social services; and,

·         public safety, including drug and alcohol prevention.

Types of support include general operating and project support.  Educational scholarships are also given to dependent children of company employees. Contribution request forms may be obtained from the nearest Sierra Pacific Industries office or by contacting the Foundation.

 

State Water Resources Control Board: CAA Interim Emergency Drinking Water

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies ($4 Million allocated for program)

Match: None

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/programs/index.shtml

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has approved $4 million in funding from the Cleanup and Abatement Account (CAA) to provide interim replacement drinking water for economically disadvantaged communities with contaminated water supplies.  In an effort to distribute funds as quickly and efficiently as possible, the State Water Board will coordinate with the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) district offices, the Office of Emergency Services, and other stakeholders (e.g. environmental justice groups, community assistance groups, etc.) to identify those disadvantaged communities that are most at-risk and would benefit from financial assistance.  ELIGIBILITY NOTE: Pubic Agencies, Not-for-Profit Water Districts, Not-for-Profit Organizations, Tribal Governments are eligible to apply

 

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

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/srf/

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:

Construction of publicly-owned treatment facilities: Wastewater treatment; Local sewers; Sewer interceptors; Water reclamation and distribution; Stormwater treatment; Combined sewers; Landfill leachate treatment
Implementation of nonpoint source (NPS) projects to address pollution associated with: Agriculture; Forestry; Urban Areas; Marinas; Hydromodification; Wetlands
Development and implementation of estuary comprehensive conservation and management plans for: San Francisco Bay; Morro Bay; Santa Monica Bay
State Water Resources Control Board: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount/Financing: No maximum disbursement limit. 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.

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/services/funding/SRF.shtml

On October 21, 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted the Policy for Implementing the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF Policy) effective January 1, 2015. 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.  Applications are offered for the following two categories:

Construction Financing – These funds are for applicants with complete final plans, specifications, and environmental documentation.
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

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/small_community_wastewater_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. Administering these funds as a part of the CWSRF Program allows grant funds to be easily leveraged with low-interest financing available through the CWSRF Program. CWSRF applications are accepted on a continuous basis, and eligible projects are funded as applications are completed and approved.

 

State Water Resources Control Board: Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SDWSRF)

Deadline: Pre-application, requires annual invitation

Amount: $ 500,000-$5,000,000

Match: 20% of eligible project costs

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/services/funding/SRF.shtml

This program provides support to engage in the demonstration of innovative technologies, methods, practices, and techniques in three areas: operational safety, infrastructure or equipment resiliency, and all-hazards emergency response and recovery methods.

 

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
http://www.stuartfoundation.org/BecomeOurPartner
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.

 

Union Pacific Foundation Community-Based Grant Program

Deadline: Preliminary applications: August 14, annually; Final applications: August 15, annually

Amount: $10,000

Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and local municipalities in communities served by the Union Pacific Railroad

http://www.up.com/found/index.shtml

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.)The Foundation’s Community-Based Grant Program provides support in the following areas:

·         Community and Civic: The goal is to assist community-based organizations and related activities that improve and enrich the general quality of life. This category includes organizations such as aquariums, botanical gardens, children’s museums, history/science museums, public libraries, public television and radio, and zoos.

·         Health and Human Services: The goal is to assist organizations dedicated to improving the level of healthcare and providing human services in the community. Local affiliates of national health organizations may apply for local programs only, but not for general operating support.

The Foundation has a strong interest in promoting organizational effectiveness among nonprofits. To that end, the Foundation will dedicate the majority of these grants to help nonprofit organizations build their capacity, increase their impact, and operate more efficiently and effectively.

 

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%)
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/CA-CFPrograms.html

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 such as municipalities, counties, parishes, boroughs, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments.

 

Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program

Deadline: January 3 – September 30, annually

Amount: Varies; typically around $50,000

Match: None

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations

http://www.wellsfargo.com/about/charitable/index.jhtml

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.

 

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies.

Match: None

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

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/caring-communities/community-giving

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.

Examples of the types of organizations supported include:

·         Education: school support organizations, after-school organizations, etc.;

·         Community and culture: arts organizations, museums, parks, etc.;

·         Human interest: elder care, children and youth, homeless assistance, etc.; and,

·         Environmental issues: organic food and farming, natural wildlife protection, green living, etc.

Along with cash donations, Whole Foods Market donates food and other products to area food banks and shelters. Organizations interested in applying for support should contact the Marketing Director at their local store or complete the donation request form available on the company’s website.

 

 

 

UPCOMING GRANTS

 

​State Water Resources Control Board: Proposition 1 Stormwater Grant Program

​ – Planning & Implementation Grants​

​Release​: TBD (likely early 2016)

​Deadline: TBD​ (likely Spring 2016)

​Amount: ​$50,000 – $100,000 for planning grants; $250,000 – ​$10,000,000 for implementation grants

​Match: ​50% of the total project cost​

​Eligibility: Public agencies; 501(c)(3) nonprofits; public utilities; tribes; mutual water companies

​​http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/swgp/prop1/

​The Prop 1 Stormwater Grant Program promotes regional water security, climate, and drought preparedness by contributing to improved storm water resource management to: Help water infrastructure systems adapt to climate change; ​Provide incentives throughout each watershed to collaborate in managing water resources and setting regional priorities for water infrastructure​​; and Improve regional water self-reliance​.  $200 million shall be available for grants for multi-benefit storm water management projects. Eligible projects may include, but shall not be limited to: Green infrastructure; Rainwater and storm water capture projects; Stormwater treatment train facilities; and Stormwater Resource Plan development.

 

 

Strategic Growth Council (SGC): Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC)​ Grant Program

Release: January 2016 (Draft guidance now available for public comment)

Deadline: TBD

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: None

Eligibility: A Locality, public housing authority, redevelopment successor agency, transit agency or transit operator, Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), local Transportation Commissions, Congestion Management Agencies, Joint Powers Authority (JPA), school district, facilities district, University or Community College District.

http://www.sgc.ca.gov/s_ahscprogram.php

The purpose of the AHSC Program is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through projects that implement land-use, housing, transportation, and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development, and that support related and coordinated public policy objectives, including the following:

reducing air pollution;
improving conditions in disadvantaged communities;
supporting or improving public health and other co-benefits as defined in Section 39712 of the Health and Safety Code;
improving connectivity and accessibility to jobs, housing, and services;
increasing options for mobility, including the implementation of the Active Transportation Program established pursuant to Section 2380 of the Streets and Highway Code;
increasing transit ridership;
preserving and developing affordable housing for lower income households, as defined in Section 50079.5 of the Health and Safety Code; and (8) protecting agricultural lands to support infill development.
CA Housing & Community Development (HCD): Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Release: February 2016 (specific date TBD)
Deadline: May 2016 (specific date TBD)
Amount: Maximum of $2,000,000, including all activities except ED OTC, Colonia and Native American.
Match: 5% match required for PTA grants only
Eligibility: incorporated cities under 50,000 in population and counties with an unincorporated area population of under 200,000
http://www.hcd.ca.gov/financial-assistance/community-development-block-grant-program/index.html
This NOFA applies to State CDBG-eligible activities funded under the Economic Development (ED) Set-Aside, Community Development (CD) sub-allocation, Colonia Set-Aside, and Native American Set-Aside. Typical activities funded under each of these predominately benefit low- and moderate-income Californians and include: Business Assistance (BA) Projects and Programs; Microenterprise (ME) Assistance Programs; Housing Rehabilitation (HR) Programs and Projects; Homeownership Assistance (HA) Programs; Housing Acquisition Projects; Public Infrastructure Projects; Public Facility Projects; Public Service Programs; and Planning and Technical Assistance Grants.

 

California State Transportation Agency (CALSTA)/Caltrans: 2016 Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program

Deadline: TBD (likely April 2016)

Amount: Varies.  $25 Million allocated in 2014-15.

Match: None, but leveraging grant request strongly desired

Eligibility: Public agencies, including joint powers authorities, that operate existing or planned regularly scheduled intercity rail service (and associated feeder bus service), commuter rail, commuter bus service, orbus and rail transit service.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/MassTrans/tircp.html

The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) was created by Senate Bill 862 (Chapter 36, Statutes of 2014) to provide grants from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to fund capital improvements and operational investments that will modernize California’s transit systems and intercity, commuter, and urban rail systems to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by reducing vehicle miles traveled throughout California.  The goals of the TIRCP are revenue to fund capital improvements and operational investments that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, modernize California’s intercity rail, and bus and rail transit systems to achieve the following objectives:

·         Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions;

·         Expand and improve rail service to increase ridership;

·         Integrate the rail service of the state’s various rail operations, including integration with the high-speed rail system; and

·         Improve safety.

Projects eligible for funding under the program include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Rail capital projects, 2. Intercity and commuter rail projects that increase service levels, improve reliability, or decrease travel times. 3. Rail integration implementation 4. Bus rapid transit and other bus transit investments to increase ridership and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

California State Parks, Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS): California Youth Soccer Recreation and Development Program

Release: TBD (likely Spring 2016)

Deadline: TBD (likely Fall 2016)

Amount: $16 Million allocated to entire program.

Match: TBD

Eligibility: Local governments

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1008

California State Parks, Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) is preparing guidelines to award up to $16 million in competitive grants. The grants will fund new youth soccer, baseball, softball, and basketball recreation opportunities in heavily populated, low-income urban areas with a high youth crime and unemployment rate. Local agencies, recreation districts, school districts and community-based organizations are eligible to apply. Beginning November 2 through December 18, State Parks’ draft application guide will be available on the OGALS website at www.parks.ca.gov/grants for public review and comment. Interested parties are encouraged to comment on the draft application guide by e-mail at localservices@parks.ca.gov.

 

State Water Resources Control Board: Proposition 1 Stormwater Grant Program

​Release: TBD (likely December 2015)

​Deadline: TBD ​(likely Spring 2016)

​Amount: ​Up to $100,000 for planning grants; up to $500,000 for implementation grants

​Match: ​50% of the total project cost​

​Eligibility: Public agencies; 501(c)(3) nonprofits; public utilities; tribes; mutual water companies

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/swgp/prop1/

​The Prop 1 Stormwater Grant Program promotes regional water Security, climate, and drought preparedness by contributing to improved storm water resource management to: Help water infrastructure systems adapt to climate change; ​Provide incentives throughout each watershed to collaborate in managing water resources and setting regional priorities for water infrastructure​​; and ​Improve regional water self-reliance​.  $200 million shall be available for grants for multi-benefit storm water management projects. Eligible projects may include, but shall not be limited to: Green infrastructure; Rainwater and storm water capture projects; Stormwater treatment train facilities; and Stormwater Resource Plan development (per Section ​

79704).  ​

California Energy Commission: Water Energy Technology (WET) Program Grants for Commercial, Residential, Industrial and Renewable Power Desalination

Release: Launch suspended until funding is available

Deadline: TBD

Amount: Varies. $16 million allocated for entire program.

Eligibility: Public Agencies

http://www.energy.ca.gov/wet/

In response to California’s drought, Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-29-15 outlines bold steps to save water, increase enforcement of water use standards, streamline the state’s drought response, and invest in new water energy technologies. To accelerate the deployment of innovative water and energy saving technologies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the California Energy Commission, jointly with the Department of Water Resources, and the State Water Resources Control Board, will implement a Water Energy Technology (WET) program to provide funding for innovative technologies that meet the following criteria, contingent on legislative approval of funding:

·         Display significant water savings, energy savings, and greenhouse gas emission reductions

·         Demonstrate actual operation beyond the research and development stage.

·         Document readiness for rapid, large-scale deployment (but not yet widely deployed) in California.

·         Technology must be commercially available.

·         Funds must be used in existing facilities.

 

PetSmart Charities: Free-Roaming Cat Spay/Neuter Program

Release: TBD (Grant on hold due to foundation restructuring)

Deadline: Continuous until funding exhausted

Amount: Up to $200,000

Match: None

http://www.petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants

The Free-Roaming Cat Spay/Neuter Program is intended to provide funding and mentoring for high-impact trap-neuter-return projects. The goal is to stabilize and ultimately reduce the free-roaming cat population within a specific geographic area. Target areas may include all or part of a county, city, township, ZIP code, census tract, neighborhood, mobile home park, or other location.