Sustainable Communities Program


Santa Ana

The Sustainable Communities Program (formerly known as Compass Blueprint Grant Program) was established as an innovative vehicle for promoting local jurisdictional efforts to test local planning tools. Since starting in 2005, 133 projects have been completed through the program, with another 69 projects to be completed by the end of 2016. By supporting exemplary projects, the Sustainability Planning Grants Program illustrates the value effective growth planning can bring to our regional partners and the region as a whole.

The Sustainable Communities Program provides direct technical assistance to SCAG member jurisdictions to complete planning and policy efforts that enable implementation of the regional SCS. Grants are available in the following three categories:

Integrated Land Use

Sustainable Land Use Planning, Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Land Use & Transportation Integration

Active Transportation

Bicycle, Pedestrian and Safe Routes to School Plans

Green Region

Natural Resource Plans, Climate Action Plans (CAPs) and Green House Gas (GHG) Reduction programs


The Compass Blueprint Growth Vision was replaced by the 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan / Sustainable Communities Strategy adopted on April 4, 2012. SCAG offers direct funding of innovative planning initiatives for member agencies through Sustainability Program Grants.


2020-2021 Sustainable Communities Program Call for Applications

Call for Applications ImageSince 2005, SCAG’s various sustainability planning grant programs (Compass Blueprint, Sustainability Planning Grants, Sustainable Communities Program) have provided resources and direct technical assistance to jurisdictions to complete important local planning efforts and enable implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS), which today is called Connect SoCal.


SCP Call 4 Q&A Summary


1. What is SCAG?

Founded in 1965, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. Under federal law, SCAG is designated as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and under state law as a Regional Transportation Planning Agency and a Council of Governments.