Civic Engagement, Equity & Environmental Justice

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The fourth Sustainable Communities Program Call for Applications is anticipated to be released in September 2021 with a focus on Civic Engagement, Equity, and Environmental Justice. To learn more about this upcoming Call for Applications, you can review the presentation and recordings of the two Listing Sessions SCAG held in July, linked below.

SCAG is looking to shape proposed project types for this Call for Applications, including civic engagement plans across multiple categories and planning for equity and environmental justice, such as SB 1000 Environmental Justice Elements, SB 379 Safety Elements, and AB 617 Community Emission Reduction Plans (CERPs).

To support the implementation of SCAG’s Racial Equity Early Action Plan, SCAG is seeking to prioritize proposals that fall within or directly benefit Communities of Concern and SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) for this Call. For more information on these areas, please see SCAG’s Environmental Justice Tool.

Call for Applications Goals and Objectives

Goals

  • Center and prioritize racial and social equity with technical assistance for local community-led engagement plans carried out by community-based organizations (CBOs).
  • Address the pervasive and deep inequities experienced in historically disinvested communities and communities of color.
  • Include a wide range of eligible activities including land-use and transportation planning activities included in SCAG’s Environmental Justice Toolbox.
  • Support the development of racial equity and community engagement plans, plans to address the digital divide, and efforts to promote health and equity to close the gap of racial inequities.
  • Support the goals in SCAG’s Equity Early Action Plan, Connect SoCal, SCAG’s Public Participation Plan.

Objectives

  • Support local planning efforts, strategically invest, and provide technical assistance for projects and programs in SCAG’s Communities of Concern, and SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities (DACs).
  • Support local planning efforts focused on eliminating barriers to civic engagement for communities that have experienced historic disinvestment.
  • Build community capacity, trust, and sustainable relationships with stakeholders in communities of color, including Environmental Justice areas, Communities of Concern, and DACs to strategically invest in local community-centered initiatives.
  • Prioritize community identified and implemented projects.

Contact

For questions regarding the Civic Engagement, Equity & Environmental Justice Call for Applications, contact Anita Au at (213) 236-1874 or au@scag.ca.gov.