California Community Assistance for Climate Equity Program
California’s Community Assistance for Climate Equity Program (CACE) provides capacity-building support to the state’s most under-resourced communities enabling them to build community driven leadership, partnerships, and grant writing knowledge and skills. Specifically, CACE provides assistance to these communities to help them obtain state funding from the California Climate Investments (CCI) program to plan and implement projects on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency. CACE works through the California Climate Investment Technical Assistance Program (CCI TA), which was established in 2016 to help lower-capacity communities apply for state CCI funding, and the Regional Climate Collaboratives (RCC) Program, which was created through legislation to support under-resourced regional collaboratives in California in accessing funding for mitigation and adaptation.
The CCI program invests proceeds from California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cap and trade program into reducing GHG emissions and providing economic, environmental or health benefits with a focus on disadvantaged and low-income communities. CACE and the CCI TA more broadly support low income and disadvantaged communities to help them in obtaining funding from CCI programs. This includes direct assistance in preparing CCI funding applications and quantifying GHG emissions, strengthening community capacity to identify projects and CCI programs that can support them, and helping communities understand the full extent of CCI programs and integrate multiple programs. Program support is available for such activities as low carbon transportation, community solar, water efficiency, low GHG-emitting agriculture practices, and affordable housing. Specifically, CACE provides assistance to such communities in:
- Project scope development
- Partnership development
- Grant writing
- Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) analysis
- Application coordination
- Data analysis; and
To date, the CCI has over $11 billion appropriated to it by the State Legislature, with 35% of the expenditures going to disadvantaged and low-income communities. Approximately two-thirds of CCI’s funds will go to GHG reduction measures with the rest devoted to such activities as sustainable housing and communities, transformative communities, water efficiency and drinking water, agriculture, sustainable forests and wildfire prevention and response, and coastal resilience.
The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) manages over $2 billion in CCI funds. SGC is investing in sustainable communities and housing, transformative communities, research and technical assistance. Other California departments and agencies involved in CCI resilience activities include the Department of Food and Agriculture, Air Resources Board, State Water Department, Coastal Commission and Coastal Conservancy, CalFire, Natural Resources Agency, and Water Boards.
- California Strategic Growth Council
- Education/training materials
- Funding program