Announcement Strategic Growth Council Launches the Application Process for Round 1 of the Regional Climate Collaboratives (RCC)


The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) invites Pre-Proposals for Round 1 of the Regional Climate Collaboratives Program (RCC). This new capacity building grant program funds community-rooted and cross-sectoral partners to develop the processes, plans, and projects that will drive and sustain climate action in their communities. In this first round, SGC has $8.35 million available for grant awards and applicants have flexibility in requesting their funding amount with the range of $500,000–$1750,000.

Notice of Funding Availability

How to Apply

Multiple partners will form a collaborative and submit a single application based on a shared vision. Eligible applicants for RCC include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • California Native American Tribes
  • Community-based organizations
  • Foundations
  • Joint-powers authorities
  • Local governments
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Small businesses
  • Other organizations with a history of community-based outreach and technical assistance.

Round 1 has a two-phase application process:

Pre-Proposal Phase: First, applicants will submit a pre-proposal that describes their initial idea for their project. The pre-proposals are not required, but they are strongly encouraged. The goal of the Pre-Proposal Phase is to help Applicants, TA providers, and SGC assess whether Applicants are on track to submit a complete, competitive application that meets all threshold requirements and to identify sections of the application that will need increased support. Pre-proposals are due at 5:00 p.m. PT Friday, July 15, 2022.

Full Application Phase: Following the pre-proposals, applicants will complete a full application. Applicants must submit application materials to SGC via a file-sharing platform by 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday, October 7, 2022. Full application materials, including application instructions and templates for the work plan and budget will be posted on or before the Pre-Proposal submission deadline on July 15.

All Applicants who submit a pre-proposal application will be eligible to receive no-cost technical assistance (TA), provided by a team of SGC-funded third-party TA providers. TA providers will be available to respond to questions and provide light support to Applicants on an as-needed basis during the Pre-Proposal phase. After Pre-Proposals are submitted and reviewed, SGC staff will assign Applicants to a TA provider to work with them on integrating feedback and developing a full RCC application. Applicants who do not submit a Pre-Proposal cannot be guaranteed TA.

Application Workshops & Networking Session

Overview Webinar

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Register for Overview Webinar

Rural & Unincorporated Communities

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Register for Rural and Unincorporated Webinar

Tribal Communities

Attendance limited to Tribes and Tribal-serving organizations

Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Register for Tribal Communities Webinar

General Audience

Friday, June 10, 2022| 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Register for General Audience Webinar

Important Links

Coming Soon

  • Collective Impact Resource Anthology: A resource for Applicants with guidance and case studies that may be useful in developing a Regional Climate Collaborative.
  • Full Application Materials