The management of the Planning Grants and Incentives Team at the Department of Conservation announced today its recommendations for the next round of Prop. 84 Sustainable Communities Planning Grants (see CP&DR Insight Vol. 25, Nos. 5-6, March 2010) which is administered by the Strategic Growth Council to support the climate change goals of AB 32 and SB 375. The council received 189 applications and has recommended 44 awards totaling roughly $23 million in funding. 

The primary goal of the grant program is to help develop and implement plans that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve objectives including infill development, public health, equity, natural resource protection, and urban revitalization. Grants are awarded in four focus areas: 1) local sustainable planning grants for cities and counties; 2) regional SB 375 grants for metropolitan planning organizations; 3) regional planning activities with multiple partners, and 4) economically disadvantaged communities. Awards of $10.3 million, $5.7 million, and $2.2 million $4.6 million have been recommended for each of these respective focus areas.

Competition was particularly fierce among cities; SGC received is recommending 24 awards out of 100 applications, many of which were clustered in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Recommended grants range from $139,000 to $1 million. 

For a full list of recommended projects, please download the PDF of the full report to the Strategic Growth Council.