$500K Grant Program from SACOG: Sacramento Region Air Quality and Infill Streamlining Program

To: Land Use Planners in the Sacramento Federal Non-attainment Area (SFNA) for Federal air quality standards

The Sacramento Region Air Quality and Infill Streamlining Program (ISP) is a $500,000 grant program to provide technical and financial assistance to government agencies with land use authority, and to facilitate community planning projects in infill locations, including rural economic development locations, that improve air quality through land use measures that help reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

Last week, an announcement was made about discussions regarding the new Infill Streamlining Program (ISP), a $500,000 grant program to provide technical and financial assistance to government agencies with land use authority, including rural economic development locations, that improve air quality through land use measures that help reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT).   The ISP can provide up to $100,000 per project in technical assistance and direct funding combined.

The program sponsors are requesting your feedback via a brief email, to help improve the program’s user-friendliness. We would like an idea of the range of projects that jurisdictions would be submitting for this program. We will use this information to inform the program process, while still meeting program goals.

If your jurisdiction is potentially interested in applying, please email a one paragraph description of any project that you might consider submitting under this program. Jurisdictions may submit as many ideas for projects as they wish.  Program staff may contact you as follow-up to your e-mail and ask questions regarding thoughts about the program.

Draft project eligibility criteria include the following:

*      A request for technical assistance for a clearly defined community planning project in a specific infill location;

*     Ability to improve air quality by reducing VMT through land use measures;

*     Consistency with and support smart growth or SACOG Blueprint Principles (reference for Blueprint Principles:  www.sacog.org/regionalfunding/betterways.pdf)

Please send potential project description ideas by no later than Wed, October 13 to Molly Wright with the Local Government Commission at mwright@lgc.org. If you have questions, please contact Molly at (916) 448-1198 x329.

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