SCAG Partners with California Community Foundation on the Call for Collaboration

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Southern California Call for Collaboration

California faces a tremendous challenge in meeting our collective housing needs. In partnership with California Community Foundation, SCAG is launching the Call for Collaboration program that will fund the development of community-based policies and plans that help cities and counties reach 6th Cycle RHNA goals of 1.3 million new housing units across the six-county SCAG region.

The Call for Collaboration aims to increase community involvement in local planning and housing initiatives by promoting community-driven, equitable growth strategies. SCAG is dedicating $1 million of the Regional Early Action Planning state grant to combine with funds from California Community Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Foundation 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 or 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 to supporting increased housing production. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Join SCAG and the California Community Foundation for a webinar on Monday, Feb. 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for more information. Register here to attend.

For more information or questions, please contact Alisha James, SCAG Community Engagement Specialist, at james@scag.ca.gov or (213) 236-1884.