Civic Engagement, Equity & Environmental Justice


SCAG anticipates releasing the Sustainable Communities Program (SCP) Call for Applications for Civic Engagement, Equity & Environmental Justice (CEE&EJ) in spring 2023. SCAG postponed the scheduled release of the Call for Applications to make funding available from multiple funding sources. 

Program Overview

To learn more about the SCP CEEEJ Call for Applications, please review the November 2022 Information Session presentation and recordings linked below. Note that in response to feedback and additional funding, program considerations continue to shift, and some information may have changed:

SCP CEEEJ Call for Applications November 2022, Information Session Presentation  

SCP CEEJ Call for Applications, November 10, 2022, Information Session Recording with live ASL interpretation

SCP CEEEJ Call for Applications November 16, 2022, Information Session Recording with live Spanish interpretation

For additional support, please schedule a one-to-one meeting with SCAG staff.

SCAG is seeking to prioritize funding in areas that have been traditionally disadvantaged, underserved, underrepresented, and under resourced. For the purposes of this Call, SCAG has identified Priority Populations, which include:

  • SB535 Disadvantaged Communities (CalEnviroScreen 4.0)
  • SCAG Communities of Concern
  • TCAC/HCD Opportunity Areas (High segregation and poverty, low resource, and moderate resource communities; affordable housing production in high resource and highest resource communities will also be prioritized)
  • AB 1550 Communities

Public Review of Draft Guidelines

Thank you to those that submitted input on the draft SCP CEEEJ Program Guidelines. The Draft Guidelines were open for public review and comment from Oct. 25 through Nov. 18, 2022. SCAG will consider all feedback received as it finalizes the Guidelines. SCAG anticipates releasing the final Guidelines in spring 2023.

Call for Applications Goals and Objectives


  • Advance the goals in SCAG’s Racial Equity Early Action Plan, by prioritizing efforts that directly benefit Communities of Concern and SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities by encouraging racial equity in local planning practices.
  • Support a range of eligible land use and transportation planning activities including housing supportive infrastructure efforts.
  • Support the development of plans to close the racial equity gap.
  • Align with state funding objectives, including accelerating infill development, housing for all incomes, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT), reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and implementing RTP/SCS.
  • Support and encourage equitable partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs) and local governments.


  • 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), and other Priority Populations.
  • 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 projects.

Applicant Resources

 Coming Soon
  • Application
  • Eligibility Screening Survey
  • Self-Certification Checklist
  • FAQs
  • Scope of Work template
  • Applicant Toolkit
  • Scoring Rubric
  • REAP 2.0 Priority Populations Mapping Tool
  • Engagement best practices guidance

For questions regarding the Civic Engagement, Equity & Environmental Justice Call for Applications, contact Hannah Brunelle at (213) 236-1907 or