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California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Central Coast Community Energy (3CE)
California Climate Investment
Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center
The EPA is providing federal funding and technical assistance for climate adaptation programs in communities to provide a variety of sources to fund capital projects, pay for operations and maintenance costs, and sustain programs.
Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program
This grant hopes to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by expanding existing capacity or establishing new facilities in California that use California-generated postconsumer recycled fiber (old corrugated cardboard, paper board, or textiles), plastic, or glass to manufacture products.
Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) Loan Fund
The RCAC is a financial resource for rural communities. They provide funds and loans for environmental infrastructure, access to water, and biomass utilization for communities.
Forest Resilience Bond
The Forest Resilience Bond (FRB) seeks to overcome the funding gap for forest restoration, not through increases in public or philanthropic sources, but by allowing private capital to play a role in supporting public land management.
Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission Grants
The RTC is responsible for selecting projects to receive certain state, federal, and regional funds in order to optimize transportation and infrastructure in Santa Cruz county. For example, they have funded the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), Local Partnership Program-formula (LPP-f), Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP). Also, highlight other funding sources.
Climate Change Research Grants
EPA funds climate change research and modeling tools to improve knowledge of the health and environment effects of climate change, and provide sustainable solutions for communities to effectively manage and reduce the impacts of a changing climate.
U.S Climate Resilience Toolkit
The U.S Climate Resilience Toolkit offers a variety of funding opportunities for local climate adaptation and resilience projects that draw on a range of public and private financing. For instance, groups may apply for federal grant funding, work through public/private partnerships, and/or fund projects through local taxes.
The Strong Foundation for Environmental Values
The Strong Foundation for Environmental Values awards small competitive grants across Northern California to reward innovative local projects that can benefit present and future generations. They put emphasis on citizen participation, grassroots advocacy, environmental edcuation and climate change.
Environmental Enhancement & Mitigation Program
EEM Program offers grants to local, state and federal governmental agencies and to nonprofit organizations for projects to mitigate the environmental impacts caused by new or modified public transportation facilities.
High Road Training Partnerships
The High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) initiative is a $10M demonstration project designed to model partnership strategies for the state. Ranging from transportation to health care to hospitality, the HRTP model embodies the sector approach championed by the California Workforce Development Board — industry partnerships that deliver equity, sustainability, and job quality.
State Energy Program
The U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program (SEP) provides funding and technical assistance to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, and maximize the benefits of decreasing energy waste.
Weatherizations Assistance Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. The program supports 8,500 jobs and provides weatherization services to approximately 35,000 homes every year using DOE funds.
California FarmLink Loans
California FarmLink provides access to capital for small- and mid-sized farms in California. Many of their borrowers are organic farmers, immigrants, women, and farmers of color. FarmLink make direct loans as well as referrals to alternative sources of financing – all based on the needs of farmers and ranchers.
SBA Environmental Loans & Grants
The United States Small Business Administration has gathered financial resources to pay for energy efficient upgrades to facilities, to finance business’s innovative environmental products and technologies and to support environmentally friendly businesses.
CLEEN Program: California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs
The CLEEN Center provides direct public financing to Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals (MUSH borrowers) to help meet the State’s goals for greenhouse gas reduction, water conservation and environmental preservation.
The California Public Utilities Commission authorized the California investor-owned utilities to collaborate with certain state agencies in the development of energy efficiency financing programs and to assist in building awareness about them. They will help you find contractors, public assistance and financing for homeowners, renters, affordable multi family developors and small business owners and tenants.