California Community Foundation Announces $13 Million in Climate Grants

South L.A. among communities awarded state grants for climate projects

SOUTH L.A.: Communities across California are vying for grants to build sustainable energy projects to help fight climate change and fight wildfire.The $13 million in grants was announced Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown and Brown’s climate strategy director, Kathryn Phillips, at the California Community Foundation’s annual summit, which was held in California’s Sierra foothills.The cash will help make those projects happen. More than 500 entrepreneurs, investors and nonprofit organizations applied to the state grants for the projects, which will help replace or re-use existing energy, improve energy efficiency or create community solar power.The grants, distributed among 16 community service districts and 21 cities and counties, range from $9,500 for a renewable energy project to $30,000 for a sustainable housing project.“We are excited that these climate, energy and housing projects will go across the state and that they will help communities get started,” Phillips said. “When we hear the applications, we don’t hear about money, we hear about jobs and housing.”The grants will go toward building energy-saving and renewable sources, including new energy sources, retrofitting or making upgrades to low-income housing, repairing or upgrading existing buildings, community development financial assistance for renewable energy and solar energy projects, or community solar power.Some of the grant applications include building renewable energy or housing projects in cities with low tax bases. The city of Long Beach, for example, is seeking a grant to cover the cost of building a solar energy system or retrofitting low-income housing. Others include a program in East Los Angeles that will help low-income families pay for appliances and other needs by creating a fund that would be used to buy food or other items at farmers’ markets and for other community development endeavors.The grants are the result of a collaboration between state and private sector and city and county government. They are being administered by the Community Foundation for the State of California.The grant program is the largest ever awarded by the state’s Community Foundation. It’s also the largest climate-related grant program in the country.“These grants are a chance to help improve the state’s communities, and our region, and make it better

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