The Strategic Growth Council Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives Program is a competitive grants program created under the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84), administered by the Department of Conservation, on behalf of the Strategic Growth Council. The Strategic Growth Council is composed of agency secretaries from the Natural Resources Agency, The Environmental Protection Agency, the Business Transportation and Housing Agency, the California Health and Human Services Agency, the director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and a public member appointed by the Governor. One of the SGC’s many objectives is managing and awarding financial assistance to cities, counties, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Councils of Governments, Joint Powers Authorities, and Regional Transportation Planning Agencies, to support the planning and development of sustainable communities.
Program bond expenditures will be made based under the broad guidance of the Proposition 84 Bond Act; SB 732; Executive Orders S-03-05, S-06-06 and S-02-07; and direction from the Strategic Growth Council.
Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives program criteria were developed and vetted by the Strategic Growth Council, which received written comments and held public meetings before finalizing the criteria at a Public Hearing held March 17th, 2010, in the Governor’s Council Chambers. The Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives program solicits applications for funding consideration. A Solicitation Notice was published July 5th, 2010, initiating the first of three application cycles.
The Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives Program staff at Department of Conservation screen applications for completeness and eligibility. The Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives Program Application Review and Ranking Committee, comprised of staff from the Departments and Agencies of the Strategic Growth Council, evaluates complete and eligible applications using the evaluation criteria contained in the grant guidelines. Staff recommendations for awards will be presented to the Strategic Growth Council for approval at their Fall or Winter council meeting, depending on the number of applications received and the time needed to perform a thorough evaluation. Final award recipients will be posted to the SGC website.