The Southern California Association of Governments is accepting applications for the 2016 Sustainability Planning Grants Program. Since 2005, the Sustainability Planning Grants Program (formerly known as Compass Blueprint) has strengthened partnerships with cities and local municipalities by providing consultant services as well as financial and technical resources to selected projects, free of charge. This program recognizes sustainable solutions to local growth challenges, and has resulted in local plans that promote sustainability through the integration of transportation and land use. The previous call for proposals in 2013 resulted in over 70 funded projects, ranging from Bicycle Master Plans to Urban Forestry Initiatives.
The goals of the 2016 Sustainability Planning Grants Program are to:
- Provide needed planning resources to local jurisdictions for sustainability planning efforts
- Develop local plans that support the implementation of the 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS)
- Increase the region’s competitiveness for federal and state funds, including, but not limited to, the California Active Transportation Program and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
The 2016 Sustainability Planning Grants Call for Proposals is comprised of 3 main project proposal categories that meet the goals of the overall program. Each category is detailed further in the category guidelines.
- Active Transportation – Examples includes bicycle, pedestrian and safe routes to school plans and programs
- Integrated Land Use – Examples include sustainable land use planning, transit oriented development and land use & transportation integration
- Green Region Initiatives – Examples include natural resource plans, climate action plans , green street plans, and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction programs
Proposals will be evaluated based on project need; goals, objectives, and outcomes; and community support. All SCAG-member jurisdictions, including cities, counties, and councils of governments (COGs) are encouraged to apply. More information can be found in the Program Guidelines, Application Instructions and FAQ downloads below. SCAG staff is available to support applicants in determining the most appropriate category for their project(s). For questions regarding Green Region and Integrated Land Use projects, please email Marco Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Active Transportation projects, please email Rye Baerg at email@example.com.
Please note: The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document has been updated to further address questions about the application process, grant eligibility, letters of support, procurement and budget forms.
Active Transportation Category
Integrated Land Use / Green Region Initiative Categories
SCAG staff led a webinar for potential applicants on Oct. 13, at 1:00 p.m. To view the webinar archive, please click here.