In partnership with the California Community Foundation (CCF), SCAG is launching the Call for Collaboration program, which will fund the development of community-based policies and plans that help cities and counties reach 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) goals of more than 1.3 million new housing units across the six-county SCAG region over the 2021-2029 planning cycle. The Call for Collaboration aims to increase community involvement in local planning and housing initiatives by promoting community-driven and equitable growth strategies. SCAG is dedicating $1 million of Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) state grant to combine with funds from CCF, the Irvine Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and other funding partners.
The program will fund several grants for non-profit organizations through two opportunities:
Partnership Programs: Awards of up to $125,000 to support the expansion and/or implementation of existing plans, initiatives, and/or partnerships that promote equitable growth strategies.
Spark Grants: Smaller, capacity-building grants of around $50,000 to seed new models of collaboration and engagement to support community-driven approaches and partnerships that promote equitable growth strategies.
A wide range of activities are eligible for funding with these planning grants. These include programs and plans designed to promote pro-housing policies, streamline the housing approval process, develop community support for new housing, and remove barriers to new housing development. All activities must show a nexus supporting increased housing production.