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Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, and Community Development Corporations for Projects that Prepare Communities for Environmental Protection Activities

Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program - Project Development Grant (PDG)


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
California Strategic Growth Council (SGC)
and California Department of Conservation (DOC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
LOI Date: 07/03/23
Deadline: 08/01/23 5:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, community development corporations, finance institutions, authorities, and Tribes for projects that prepare communities to carry out environmental protection activities. Applicants are required to submit an application initiation form prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for planning and basic infrastructure pre-development activities.

The TCC Program furthers the purposes of AB 32 (Nunez, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006) and AB 2722 (Burke, Chapter 371, Statutes of 2016) by funding projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans that include multiple coordinated GHG emissions reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities. 

Project Development Grants are intended to bridge support for communities who do not have shovel-ready projects and help increase their potential to successfully apply for and to implement future TCC Implementation Grant awards or other funding opportunities. Project Development activities should focus on pre-development, basic infrastructure, and capacity building activities and further the development of an area to be eligible to apply for a future TCC Implementation Grant.

For Project Development Grants, eligible applicants must form a Collaborative Stakeholder Structure to develop and submit one application based upon a shared vision. The Collaborative Stakeholder Structure shall be charged with overseeing implementation of the TCC Proposal. Priority in scoring will be given to applicants that are able to demonstrate strong and diverse partnerships, including with community-based organizations and other stakeholder groups. Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities (DUCs), tribal Communities, Planning Grant Grantees, and Previous Implementation Grant Applicants will be prioritized for Project Development Grants, with DUCs given the most priority.

Eligible project development activities will include:

  • Pre-development phase activities, such as: community engagement; feasibility studies; market analysis; environmental assessments, surveys, and remediation; site acquisition; site and development plans; project designs; permitting; financial planning (e.g., preliminary budget and construction financing).
  • Basic environmental infrastructure pre-development, construction, and development of long-term operations and maintenance plans for infrastructure such as: clean water supply systems; wastewater systems; waste disposal systems; pollution control services.
  • Other basic infrastructure pre-development, construction, and planning for infrastructure including costs related to regional transit connectivity to job and service centers.
  • Other project planning activities that prepare community-prioritized project sites for development, including but not limited to Community Health Needs Assessments.
  • Support costs for building and sustaining the capacity of project leads and partners, such as: investments in partner and local staff development; funding new and/or critical positions; acquiring or utilizing tools and resources to increase partner capacity for project planning and implementation; organizational capacity activities such as access to financial services or legal review; developing new pilot or demonstration projects and programs; participation and/or partnership with existing workforce programs; providing or securing technical assistance for partners.

Applicants must include community engagement activities and address climate resilience through the proposal. Applicants may also address other transformative elements such as displacement avoidance and workforce development, if applicable.

For information regarding eligible expenses, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants may include but are not limited to:
- Community-based organizations
- Local governments
- Nonprofit organizations
- Philanthropic organizations and foundations
- Faith-based organizations
- Coalitions or associations of nonprofit organizations
- Community development finance institutions
- Community development corporations
- Joint powers authorities
- Councils of government
- California Native American Tribes


Pre-Proposal Conference
Round 5 Application Workshops:

All Audiences
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
10–11:30 a.m.

Tribal Communities
Thursday, March 23, 2023
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Rural and Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities
Thursday, March 23, 2023
1–2:30 p.m.

TCC will host office hours via Zoom every Tuesday, 2 – 4 PM. TCC staff will allocate the first hour, 2 – 3 p.m. for 15-minute appointments, which prospective attendees can register for using Calendly. The second hour, 3–4 p.m., will be for drop-in attendees with no registration required. TCC staff will admit drop-in attendees one at a time, in the order in which they arrive.

Pre-Application Information
Technical Assistance:
July 3, 2023: Each Project Development Grant Applicant must submit an Application Initiation Form by July 3, 2023. SGC will offer TA to tribal communities and DUCs applying for Project Development Grants. SGC encourages tribal and DUC applicants to submit the form as soon as possible to begin receiving TA earlier in the application process; however, these applicants are eligible for extensions for this form.
- The purpose of the Application Initiation Form is to connect eligible applicants to Technical Assistance providers. Application TA is required for all Implementation Grants.
- If any applicant is unable to meet the Application Initiation Form due date, please contact TCC staff at the email address, below.

All final Project Development Grant Applications are due August 1, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $5,000,000 each

Term of Contract
The grant term will be approximately two years.

Contact Information
Application Initiation Form:

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