California awards $96 million for climate projects in 10 frontline communities

The state has allocated a total of $661 million to the Transformative Climate Communities program since 2016 to support community-led climate projects

SACRAMENTO — The state today approved $96.2 million in grants to support 10 disadvantaged, unincorporated, and tribal communities across California to plan and implement neighborhood-level projects that reduce emissions greenhouse gases, improve public health and the environment, and expand economic opportunities for residents. Together, the 10 projects approved today will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 64,000 metric tons, the equivalent of taking 14,000 cars off the road for one year. “California is empowering communities on the front lines of the climate crisis to fight pollution and build resilience in their own neighborhoods,” Governor Gavin Newsom said. “This innovative support for community projects across the state will provide environmental, health and economic benefits to Californians for decades to come.”

Photos of the Transform Fresno project, which received a $66.5 million TCC grant in the first round of the program
The California Strategic Growth Council voted unanimously today to approve this funding through the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) program, which has awarded a total of $230 million to 26 communities since 2016. In total, the The state has allocated $661 million to the TCC program. since 2016. The program is an important part of the Governor’s $54 billion multi-year climate commitment to California to advance economic opportunity and environmental justice in communities across the state.

TCC’s current round of grants will support seven planning grants and the implementation of three climate resilience infrastructure proposals. Planning grants provide pre-construction support to communities to successfully apply to future funding rounds through TCC or other funding sources, while implementation grants fund housing affordable, access to public transit, energy efficiency, building electrification, water and waste management, green infrastructure, air quality, workforce training work, anti-displacement programs and more. The TCC grants approved today will support projects in disadvantaged, unincorporated, and tribal communities across the state:

  • $35,000,000 award at South Los Angeles Eco-Lab
  • $35,000,000 prize at Richmond Rising
  • $24,165,510 award to City of Stockton, Stockton Rising
  • $300,000 Award to San Diego County – Spring Valley SEEDS (Sustainable Environments and Engaged Development Strategies)
  • Reward of $299,922 to the Karuk tribe – Panámnik, sákriiv nukyâavish! (Orleans, we make it strong!)
  • Monterey County $299,113 Award – Climate Prosperity for the Pájaro Valley
  • $217,000 reward at Chicken Ranch Rancheria
  • $299,967 Allensworth Progressive Association Award
  • $300,000 award to the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition
  • $299,800 award to the Wiyot Tribe
“Yôotva (thank you) to the State of California for bringing Tribes into the room and having this opportunity. The Karuk Tribe is the second largest tribe in California and our Indigenous communities, like Orleans, will be among the most impacted environmentally and economically due to new climate realities. Through this planning effort, we can anticipate the crisis,” said Russell Attebery, Tribal Chairman of the Karuk Tribe.

“Community groups like SAJE, SCOPE and TRUST South LA have been advocating for nearly a decade for climate investments to come to the South Los Angeles community and consider the needs of existing community members,” said Marie Patiño. Gutierrez, Director of Policy and Research. at Strategic Actions for a Just Economy and community leader with South LA Eco-Lab. “An investment of this size will greatly benefit our neighbors and support strong tenant and small business protections and policies for our communities over the long term. “The impact of redlining is evident in South Los Angeles. We experience large amounts of air pollution, heavy policing, a lack of green space and polluting industries, with some neighbors living 5 feet from active oil wells,” said South Central Los Angeles resident and Scope member Brian Jointer. “With support from the Transformative Climate Communities program, we want to reimagine a South Los Angeles that has clean air, more parks, free public transportation, and healthier community spaces that provide relief from extreme heat. Thank you for choosing South LA EcoLab as your TCC recipient. As part of TCC’s current funding cycle, the Strategic Growth Council also voted to allocate $10 million of the remaining funds for additional technical assistance as well as a pilot initiative to fund basic infrastructure and development. projects in underfunded unincorporated and tribal communities.

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