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PLEASE NOTE (3/11/2014): Application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5pm (PST).

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is now accepting applications for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Fiscal Year 2012-13 Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo Program). FTA plans to award a minimum of $24.9 million in funding to carry out the LoNo Program. The program is discretionary and FTA plans to award the funds by the following categories:

  • $21.6 million is available for buses; and
  • $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.

The main purpose of the LoNo Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The LoNo Program provides funding for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. The LoNo Program is a capital program focused on deploying new production vehicles that are market-ready or near market-ready. It is not a program for designing and developing prototypes. The program gives priority consideration to the deployment of buses with the lowest energy consumption and least harmful emissions, including direct carbon emissions.

Eligible Lead Applicants and Direct Recipients

Due to FTA requirements, the eligible Lead Applicants/Direct Recipients are limited to the following criteria:

  • A recipient for an eligible area and designated, in accordance with the planning process under section 5303 and 5304, by a Governor of a State, responsible local officials, and publicly owned operators of public transportation, to receive and apportion amounts under section 5336 to urbanized areas of 200,000 or more in population; or
  • A State, for an urbanized area in which an ‘‘eligible area’’ as defined under section 5312(d)(5)(A)(i) is located that also has a population under 200,000 individuals, as determined

Given this, for the SCAG Region, SCAG would be required to submit an application on behalf of the following large urbanized areas (UZAs):

  • Indio / Cathedral City
  • Los Angeles / Long Beach / Anaheim
  • Riverside / San Bernardino
  • Murrieta / Temecula
  • Lancaster / Palmdale
  • Santa Clarita

Eligible Subrecipients

The eligible Subrecipients are limited to the following criteria:

  • Public Transportation Providers
  • A project team member identified in the proposal and deemed a ‘‘Key Party’’ by FTA, including consultants, manufacturers, vendors, systems integrators and facilities providers.

Eligible Areas:

An eligible area is defined under section 5312(d)(5)(A)(i) as an area that is:

  • Designated as a nonattainment area for ozone or carbon monoxide under section 107(d) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7407(d)); or
  • A maintenance area, as defined in section 5303, for ozone or carbon monoxide.

Eligible Projects:

The following projects are eligible for funding, in accordance with section 5312(d)(5)(A)(ii)::

  • Acquiring or leasing a minimum of five (5) low or no emission transit buses (FTA asks that proposals be scalable upwards in increments of 1 or 2 transit buses);
  • Constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment for low or no emission transit buses;
  • Constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission transit buses; or,
  • Rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission transit buses.

The LoNo Program strongly encourages proposals that leverage other funds such that LoNo Program funds are used to cover only the incremental cost of procuring the proposed transit bus model above that of a more conventional higher-emission transit bus. Additional information regarding the LoNo Program, including eligible projects/vehicles, cost sharing, project requirements, and application content information, is available at: www.fta.dot.gov/grants/13077_15782.html

Application for SCAG Region:

Interested, eligible Subrecipients in the SCAG Region (specifically in the UZAs identified above) must submit their applications to SCAG by 5:00 pm (PST) on April 2, 2014. SCAG will review the applications on behalf of the region and submit each Subrecipients’ application to FTA.

Please find the following required materials related to the grant application, attached:

If applicable, the following additional information is recommended with application package in separate individual files (these files will be created by Subrecipients in their desired format/structure):

  • Attachment 3: Project Management Plan
  • Attachment 4: List of Project Team Members; by organization name, address and roles/responsibilities.
  • Attachment 5: Letter(s) of Commitment from each organizational member of the Project Team.
  • Attachment 6: Scalability Plan (If possible, FTA asks that proposals be scalable upwards in increments of 1 or 2 transit buses in order for FTA to allocate all available funding under the LoNo Program)

For the Applicant and Proposal Profile form, Section II (Project Information), include the name of one (1) primary Entity to Implement the Project. The SCAG Certification Form must be signed by a duly authorized representative of the Entity to Implement the Project (Subapplicant).*

Please send the grant application package, including the completed Applicant and Proposal Profile and signed SCAG Certification Form via email to: Alfonso Hernandez, Senior Grants Analyst at hernande@scag.ca.gov. Please also feel free to submit any questions and/or concerns. The direct line is (213) 236-1897.

* Note that Subapplicants for projects awarded by FTA may further be required to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding or other agreement with SCAG, prior to receiving program funding.

Keywords : Grants

Together with the release of the 2014-15 guidelines for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grants, the Strategic Growth Council announced that they will host six outreach workshops across the state to share more information about the AHSC program and how to submit a concept proposal. The workshops will be held in early February, but the exact locations will be announced by the end of January. For more information about the workshops, please download the workshop notice.

Keywords : Grants

The Strategic Growth Council has recently announced a Request for Grant Applications for the 2015 Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation Program (SALCP). Administered by the California Department of Conservation on behalf of the Strategic Growth Council, the SALCP is envisioned as the first step in a multi-year conservation effort that will conserve agricultural land while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in California and is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. There are two components of the SALCP: Agricultural Land Strategies and Agricultural Conservation Easements. Agricultural Land Strategy Grant proposals are due by March 20, 2015. Agricultural Conservation Easement Grant pre-proposals are due Feb. 6, 2015 and full proposals are due April 1, 2015. For information about the program guidelines, grant application forms and supporting material, please visit the Department of Conservation’s website or call (916) 324-0850.

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​The Strategic Growth Council has shared proposed revisions based on feedback to its Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grant guidelines development. The revisions were provided in a memo released on Dec. 19, which also gave an update on two key issues not addressed in the preliminary draft guidelines: California Air Resources Board Guidance on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Quantification and the role of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. 

The Strategic Growth Council rescheduled its Dec. 2014 meeting to Jan. 20, 2015 in order to allow more time to incorporate and consider these revisions to the 2014-15 AHSC program guidelines. It is anticipated that the final application and guidelines for grant funds will be released sometime in late January. Any comments on the proposed revisions and updates may be sent to: ahsc@sgc.ca.gov. 

For more information on the AHSC grant program and other cap-and-trade related funding opportunities, please visit SCAG's webpage on the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.


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The Department is delighted to the announce release of a Notice of Funding Availability(NOFA) of approximately $35 million for the Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program, 2014 Designated Program Year (DPY).

For the 2014 DPY, the Department will award funds for the issuance of building permits for units affordable to lower-income households as well as units substantially rehabilitated, converted and/or preserved between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014.

Please refer to the revised HRP Program Guidelines for additional information on eligibility and documentation requirements.

The DPY 2014 application and instructions will be released prior to the end of the Calendar Year and will be posted on the Department's HRP Program webpage at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrpp/. In addition, Program staff will be conducting an application webinar during the month of January to answer questions and provide technical assistance to potential applicants.

Please note, the deadline for meeting Program threshold requirements as set forth in Section 102 of the Program Guidelines include the following:

  • Housing element compliance as of December 31, 2014 which means a Housing element that has been adopted by the jurisdiction's governing body and determined to be in substantial compliance with State housing element law pursuant to Government Code Section 65585, and
  • Submittal of required Annual Progress Reports that must be submitted to the Department by no later than the application due date, February 5, 2014.

Applications are due February 5, 2015.

Please contact your Program Representative (see below) with questions. The Department looks forward to working with you!

Northern California/Bay Area
Fidel Herrera
(916) 263-7441
fidel.herrera@hcd.ca.gov

Sacramento/Central Valley/Central Coast/Eastern Sierra
James Johnson
(916) 263-7426
james.johnson@hcd.ca.gov

Southern California
Hilda Sousa
(916) 263-1784
hilda.sousa@hcd.ca.gov

Program Manager
Jennifer Seeger
(916) 263-7421
Jennifer.Seeger@hcd.ca.gov

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