Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program
The California Strategic Growth Council’s (SGC) Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) provides funding for affordable housing developments (new construction or renovation) and transportation infrastructure. This may include sustainable transportation infrastructure, such as new transit vehicles, sidewalks, and bike lanes; transportation-related amenities, such as bus shelters, benches, or shade trees; and other programs that encourage residents to walk, bike, and use public transit. Tribal Governments are eligible applicants, and the program includes a Tribal set aside in which the Council seeks to fund at least one project per funding cycle to a Qualified Tribal Entity (see the Program Guidelines for more eligibility information).
Climate Change Research Program
SGC’s Climate Change Research Program (CCR) funds applied climate research that is partner- and community-driven, aiming to address State policy priorities that are also meeting real needs on the ground. These research projects, while led by research institutions, must actively engage, fund, and partner with communities and governments, including California Tribes.
In Round 3 awards, SGC made two of six awards to projects partnering with Tribes. The first includes Blue Lake Rancheria and the Karuk Tribe as co-Principal Investigators and equal research leaders on a project with Humboldt State University, and the second project emerged from a shared priority of 18 Tribes in the San Diego region, who came together to put a topic forward that addresses their needs and integrates traditional knowledge. SGC hopes these projects, and others we may fund in the future, will serve as examples to other State agencies who fund research for how Western science and Tribal science and indigenous knowledge can come together to support addressing questions around climate impacts to ecosystems and communities.
For more information about grant opportunities across all of State government, check out grants.ca.gov, which is managed and hosted by the California State Library. The Grant Information Act of 2018 (Stats. 2018, Ch. 318) requires the State Library to build one website “that provides a centralized location … to find state grant opportunities.” The California Grants Portal makes it possible to filter funding opportunities by applicant type, including searching for funding that is available to Tribes.