Climate Resolve

Grant Writing Assistance Program

In 2020, Climate Resolve helped five entities that serve DACs pursue climate-related grants. Between March 2020 and August 2020, we assisted the Neighborhood Housing Services of LA County in Compton, Nature for All in the San Gabriel Valley, the City of Commerce, and the City of South El Monte (in close partnership with Active SGV) with grant writing services, such as the following: 

  • Conducting stakeholder interviews to identify local climate priorities (e.g. SB 379 General Plan compliance, clean transportation options, extreme heat mitigation, stormwater infrastructure, tree canopy, etc.);
  • Researching and matching potential grants to fit the entities’ needs;
  • Creating a grant writing work plan to ensure submittal of the proposal on time; 
  • Organizing bi-weekly (at minimum) check-ins/calls to stay on top of the grant deadline and coordinate materials needed;
  • Organizing and compiling documents;  
  • Leading narrative brainstorming sessions;
  • Facilitating relationships between city staff and CBOs;
  • Creating ArcGIS maps that visually integrate data sources, such as CalEnviroScreen 3.0 and Cal-Adapt, into the narrative of the grant proposal;
  • Writing sections of the grant proposal; 
  • Providing redline edits on narrative drafts; and
  • Drafting templates for letters of support and requesting signed letters from key stakeholders.

Results

  • We helped Neighborhood Housing Services of LA County submit a proposal for the CalEPA Environmental Justice Grant ($50,000) to fund trainings for Compton residents on environmental justice, climate change, and food insecurity in coordination with the City of Compton.
  • We helped Nature for All submit a proposal for the CalEPA Environmental Justice Grant ($49,002) to develop a climate change curriculum for their ongoing Leadership Development programming with residents of Baldwin Park, El Monte, and South El Monte. 
  • We helped the City of Commerce submit a proposal for the Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP) Implementation Grant ($3,240,078) to fund the city’s first set of Class II bike lanes, 400 shade trees, two zero-emission fixed route buses, two zero-emission Dial-A-Ride shuttles, and a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Displacement Avoidance Plan for the buildout of LA Metro’s future Citadel rail station.
  • We helped the City of South El Monte (in close partnership with Active SGV) submit a proposal for a Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP) Planning and Capacity Building Grant ($205,108) for their “Rush Street Corridor Enhancement Plan” to envision an increase in multimodal transportation, potential biking and walking structures, expansion of the urban forest, and ways to spur transit-oriented development (TOD).

Climate Grant Opportunities

The following table provides a searchable, curated list of current climate grant opportunities from public and private sources that are organized under the categories of air quality, energy, forests/fire, greening, planning/engagement, transportation, and water/stormwater.

This grant table was developed using:

  • California’s Funding Wizard, a searchable database of grants, rebates and incentives for sustainable projects.
  • California’s Grants Portal, the State’s one-stop destination for grant seekers to find all grant and loan opportunities offered by State agencies on either a competitive or first-come award process.

Contact

If you have questions or comments about any of the information on this webpage, please contact the Grants & Proposals Director, Woodrow Covington at wcovington@climateresolve.org

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Climate Resolve