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Funding Guidelines for Administering Agencies

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State law requires ARB to develop guidance for all State agencies that receive appropriations from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, including guidance on reporting, quantification methods, and maximizing benefits to disadvantaged communities. To comply with this law, ARB developed Funding Guidelines to help these agencies use their appropriations in a way that reduces greenhouse gases, furthers the purposes of AB 32, maximizes benefits to disadvantaged communities, and meets the other statutory requirements.

On September 4, 2015, ARB released the proposed "Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds: Funding Guidelines for Agencies that Administer California Climate Investments." ARB staff presented these Funding Guidelines at a public Board hearing on September 24, 2015. The final version of the document reflects the Board's minor revisions from the hearing.



Funding Guidelines Supplement For FY 2016-17 Funds

The Funding Guidelines Supplement for FY 2016-17 Funds (Supplement), is to be used in conjunction with the Funding Guidelines, and provides interim direction for administering agencies implementing the September 2016 funding appropriations established in the Budget Act of 2016 (AB 1613, Chapter 370, Statutes of 2016).

The purpose of this Supplement is to provide:

  1. Disadvantaged community investment targets for all programs based on the FY 2016-17 budget appropriations and current statutory requirements under SB 535.
  2. For new programs created under 2016 legislation, criteria for how to determine whether proposed projects provide benefits to disadvantaged communities, in accordance with current requirements under SB 535.
  3. For new programs created under 2016 legislation, guidance on reporting requirements.


Note on AB 1550 Implementation: This Supplement is focused on the FY 2016-17 definition of disadvantaged communities and minimum investment targets; it does not include any direction on investment targets or criteria to meet the requirements enacted under AB 1550 (Gomez, Chapter 369, Statutes of 2016). Guidance on the implementation of AB 1550 will be included in the 2017 update to the Funding Guidelines. The broader Funding Guidelines update in 2017 will include public workshops and multiple opportunities for public input on how best to establish a consistent set of requirements and recommendations for implementing AB 1550 requirements across all GGRF programs.

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