Are there geographic restrictions on where the funds can be used?
The Strategic Growth Council’s Draft Scoping Guidelines have emphasized that investments be in an area that meets the following requirements:
- No larger than five square miles
- Have at least 75% coverage by census tracts within the top 5% of disadvantaged communities, per CalEnviroScreen 3.0, and, in Fresno
- Contain the High-Speed Rail Station Area and focus on neighborhoods within boundaries of recently adopted specific plans
In Fresno, these parameters lead to an area roughly encompassing Downtown, Chinatown, and Southwest Fresno.
Who can apply for these funds?
Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited to: community-based organizations, local governments, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic organizations and foundations, faith-based organizations, coalitions or associations of nonprofit organizations, community development finance institutions, community development corporations, joint powers authorities, and/or tribal governments. In addition, the Strategic Growth Council’s Draft Guidelines emphasize multiple components to an application team:
- Diverse teams with multiple organizations & stakeholders (Collaborative Stakeholder Structure)
- Required participation of a public agency as a co-applicant or lead applicant
- Demonstrated capacity to implement plans
- Experience overseeing and managing large infrastructure projects, including both financial and management capacity
- Strong and diverse community support and participation
- Ability to leverage additional funding
- Ability to track and report on outcomes
Given these requirements, the Fresno Transformative Climate Communities Collaborative is staffed by the City of Fresno as an effort to develop the City’s proposal to the Strategic Growth Council for the $70 million in available implementation funds. The Collaborative’s final result will be considered for adoption by the City Council.
What types of project strategies are we looking for?
- Equitable Land Development
- Transit Access and Mobility
- Urban Greening and Green Infrastructure
- Decarbonized Energy and Energy Efficiency
- Water Efficiency
- Robust Food Systems
- Land Preservation and Restoration
- Materials Management
- Climate Resiliency
- Health and Well Being
- Workforce Development and Education
- High Quality Job Creation and Local Economic Development
What types of projects can these funds be used for?
- Affordable housing and active transportation
- Urban Greening
- Transit and Intercity Rail Capital
- Low Carbon Transit Operations
- Urban and Community Forestry
- Low Income Weatherization
- Water-Energy Efficiency
- Low Carbon Transportation
- Recycled Fiber, Plastic and Glass
- Sustainable Agriculture Conservation
Does this program align with our current plans?
The Revised Draft Scoping Guidelines for the program have a significant focus on consistency with existing specific, community, or climate action plans. Furthermore, projects must be focused in neighborhoods contained by a specific plan recently adopted by the last General Plan update. Fresno’s most recent 2035 General Plan was adopted in December of 2014. Below are a list of specific and community plans developed in Fresno in the last ten years:
• Fulton Corridor Specific Plan (adopted October 2016)
• Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan (adopted October 2016)
• High-Speed Rail Station Area Master Plan (anticipated completion in August 2017)
• Southwest Specific Plan (anticipated completion in October 2017)