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SCAG Equitable Growth Initiative

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Areas to Develop Sustainable Housing Projects

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Community Foundation (CCF) and Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Conf. Date:

02/01/21

Deadline Date:

02/23/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants and in-kind support to California nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible locations to develop community-focused strategies that increase the supply of housing. Funding is intended to support innovative models, diverse approaches, and new partnerships that will promote a vision for growing the housing supply in a sustainable and equitable way. Programs can be at a neighborhood, community, county, or regional scale. Eligible projects benefit the six-county SCAG region of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. Forty percent of the households should earn less than 80% of the Area Median Income.

Strategies such as promoting racial equity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and design or financing innovation in the planning and development of housing are encouraged. Eligible activities include programs and plans designed to promote pro-housing policies, streamline the housing approval process, develop community support for new housing, and remove barriers to new housing development. All activities must show a nexus supporting increased housing production.

Program/Grant Types:

  • Partnership Programs: Awards to support the expansion and/or implementation of existing plans, initiatives, and/or partnerships that promote equitable growth strategies.
  • Spark Grants: Smaller, capacity-building grant to seed new models of collaboration and engagement to support community-driven approaches and partnerships that promote equitable growth strategies.

Selected grantees will also benefit from a small amount of training and technical assistance from a team of housing, planning, and legal experts that will advise them on the development of their plans, provide unique data analysis, advice on legal contracts, and other documents (like by-laws, etc.), or other organizational support as needed.

Program goals: 

  • To identify and promote policies and other initiatives that support scalable solutions or practices to help the region meets its Regional Housing Needs Assessment goals
  • To increase community involvement and collaboration in local planning and housing initiatives across the six-county region
  • To promote community-driven, equitable growth strategies that increase housing opportunities for people of color and lower-income households, especially in higher-opportunity neighborhoods and through land-use strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Activities should align with the State's REAP program. Specific activities include:

  • Education, outreach, community organizing, research, and policy development
  • Additional technical assistance for local planning activities
  • Planning and policy efforts to increase infrastructure/community improvements needed to  accelerate housing production
  • Technical assistance for establishing regional or county housing trust funds for affordable housing or community land trusts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194321

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$12,750,000

Number of Grants:

The program will fund about 16 grants, including 1 Spark Grant.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Partnership Programs: Awards of up to $125,000
- Spark Grants are targeted to a maximum of $50,000 but grants of up to $75,000 may be considered based on the proposed scope and funding available.

Term of Contract:

April 1, 2021 - October 31, 2022 (18 months)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The lead applicant for Partnership Grants must be an organization with a 501(c)(3) designation, has a fiscal sponsor with such a designation, or is a public agency.

The lead applicant for a Spark Grant must be a CBO with a 501(c)(3) designation, has a fiscal sponsor with such a designation. Public agencies are not eligible for Spark Grants.

Lead applicants must be incorporated in the county in which the grant activities will take place.

Ineligible activities:
- Activities unrelated to increasing or accelerating housing production or which would obstruct nw housing development
- Capital financing, operation, or funding related to individual housing development projects

Pre-proposal Conference:

A webinar to review this RFP will be held on Monday, February 1, 2021, at 10:00 am PST.

Register on the URL for Full Text, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by February 23, 2021, at 5:00 PM

Timeline:
- RFP Release: January 19, 2021
- Pre-Proposal Webinar: February 1, 2021
- Questions due: February 5, 2021, by 5:00 PM
- Applications due: February 23, 2021, by 5:00 PM
- Grantee awards announced: March 19, 2021
- Grantee performance period begins: April 1, 2021
- Interim progress report due: December 1, 2021
- Grantee performance period ends: October 31, 2022
- Final report due: December 31, 2022

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://applyforgrants.calfund.org/

Submit questions to housing@calfund.org

For additional information contact Francisco Covarrubias, Program Manager, Housing, at fcovarrubias@calfund.org.

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