CA SB 1072: Regional Climate Collaborative Program: technical assistance.

California SB 1072 establishes a program to build and support existing regional climate collaboratives across the state that will assist "under-resourced communities" to access state funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. California’s Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is required to develop best practices and technical assistance guidelines, and will award annual grants to collaboratives for capacity building. After passing the law in 2018, the state immediately allocated funding for implementation. A new team of three staff members including a project manager, an analyst, and an assistant under SGC’s Community Assistance Program Manager was created in 2019. The team planned to publish guidelines for technical assistance policies, standards and best practices within a few years.

The legislation acknowledges that under-resourced communities often lack the funding, staff capacity, and technical expertise to apply for and secure competitive statewide grant funding. Technical assistance funding will be used to help communities apply for and secure state and federal grants for both mitigation and adaptation projects. It can also be used to support project development, funding expenditure, and project implementation.

"Under-resourced communities," include: communities identified based upon "geographic, socioeconomic, public health, and environmental hazard criteria" under section 39711, 39713(d), and 75005(g) of the California Health and Safety Code, which includes areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and other hazards; areas of concentrations of low-income residents, high unemployment, low levels of homeownership, high rent burden, sensitive populations, or low-levels of educational attainment; low-income households (with household incomes of less than 80% of statewide median income or levels below thresholds set by the Department of Housing and Community Development).

The Strategic Growth Council is directed to establish program guidelines and criteria for the selection of communities eligible for assistance in developing a collaborative. Each region’s proportion of vulnerable communities, and prior state funding received for climate action in that region will be incorporated in eligibility considerations.

Once selected by SGC, a collaborative will provide capacity building services to assist under-resourced communities in identifying resources and accessing public funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. The collaboratives established and funded under the program are intended to perform the following activities to support community-driven planning and project design in the region's that they serve:

  • Conduct outreach and build awareness of competitive grant programs.
  • Convene stakeholders to discuss community needs regarding potential climate change mitigation and adaptation projects eligible for statewide competitive grant programs with specific allocations for under-resourced communities.
  • Develop community and project plans, including climate action plans, demonstrating local needs and identifying multiple-benefit projects for implementation.
  • Support the development of partnerships between stakeholders and potential public and private funding sources.
  • Provide policy, program, and technical advice to stakeholders to develop and align multi-benefit projects with potential funding sources.
  • Serve as an intermediary between community stakeholders and technical assistance programs within relevant agencies and coordinate scientific and technical support from outside experts.
  • Coordinate and implement assistance and training to stakeholders in grant application development, project management, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Assist in the development of local job training and anti-displacement programs and policies.

 

Publication Date: September 13, 2018

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  • State of California
  • California Strategic Growth Council

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