AHSC Technical Assistance Pilot Program


AHSC Technical Assistance Request for Proposals
AHSC Technical Assistance Fact Sheet

2015-2016 AHSC Technical Assistance & Application Timeline
Milestone Estimated Applicant Turnaround Estimated Date

Release of Request for Funding Proposals (RFP)


December 1, 2015

Due Date for RFP


December 21, 2015

Selection of Third Party TA Providers for Services


December 31, 2015

Contract Term with Technical Assistance Providers Begins


Late January 2016

Release of 2015-16 Notice of Funding Availability and Concept Application

6 weeks

Late January 2016

2015-16 AHSC Concept Applications Due


March 2016

Notification of Invitation to Submit Full Application

8 weeks

April 2016

2015-16 AHSC Full Application Due


June 2016

Award Recommendations posted for SGC Approval


September 2016

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About the AHSC Technical Assistance Pilot Program

The Budget Act of 2015 appropriated $500,000 from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for a pilot technical assistance grant program for the AHSC Program, administered by the Strategic Growth Council, to maximize the greenhouse gas reductions of projects located in disadvantaged communities. Technical assistance activities may include project proposal development, support for application preparation and other activities related to development of competitive projects and applications that maximize greenhouse gas reductions.

Program Design

For the first year of the SGC Technical Assistance Pilot Program (SGC TA), SGC Program Staff will select and contract experienced and qualified third party technical assistance providers to provide technical assistance and specific services to eligible participants through a contract(s) with the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) for the 2015-16 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program funding round. Selected contractors for the SGC TA Program will provide direct grant writing, analytical, and project management support to applicants to ultimately achieve successful AHSC applications for projects benefiting disadvantaged communities that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

An interagency review team selected three technical assistance providers for Round 2 of AHSC, as depicted in the table below.

Providers Region(s)

Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors

Bay Area, Sacramento, San Diego

Southern California Association of Governments

Southern California

San Joaquin Council of Governments

San Joaquin Valley

Who is Eligible for AHSC Technical Assistance Funds?

Eligible recipients of SGC TA have been identified as past 2014-15 AHSC applicants from disadvantaged communities who did not receive awards in the 2014-15 funding round. Additionally, SGC recognizes that significant technical assistance needs exist for potential AHSC applicants, beyond those that applied in 2014-2015. It is the intention of SGC to document and learn from the technical assistance activities undertaken through this task, with the goal of refining and expanding technical assistance in future years should additional funding be made available.

How would Applicants Receive Technical Assistance?

Eligible applicants will be contacted by AHSC staff to identify assistance needs and interest in the Pilot program. AHSC staff would facilitate the selected Technical Assistance Providers to provide services to applicants, with a determined scope and funding.

Technical Assistance Supported

The scope of work shall be comprised of three primary components.

  • 2015-16 Concept & Full Application Support. Includes a range of project coordination, grant writing, and analytical services to eligible applicants, including partnership development and coordination, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction analysis, and other supportive duties to complete and submit a concept and full application for the 2015-16 AHSC Program cycle.
  • Grant Writing
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis
  • Application Coordination
  • Data Analysis
  • Partnership Development
  • Mapping
  • Project proposal development
  • Other support for application preparation, and
  • Other activities related to development of competitive projects and applications

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Capacity Building for Future AHSC Funding Cycles

The SGC intends to increase the capacity of communities to develop economically prosperous, equitable, and healthy communities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This task recognizes that significant technical assistance needs exist for potential AHSC applicants, and provides this task for proposers to develop a small program, focused on a geographic area, community, or technical topic that supports future AHSC applications. No more than 10 percent of the total proposal shall be identified for this component. Overall capacity building and knowledge sharing goals include but are not limited to:

  • Community organizations and local jurisdictions learning new approaches to align and coordinate public infrastructure investments to support reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other co-benefits;
  • Local and regional planning efforts that effectively coordinate transportation, housing, land cleanup, and water investments that meet community and regional goals on where and how to grow;
  • Developing a common set of performance measures for tracking progress towards more sustainable communities,
  • Providing models or technical trainings that are transferrable to encourage replication and improvement on successful programs.



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