Clean California Local Grant Program Announced

      December 21, 2021


park bench along bike route with trash canThe Clean California Local Grant Program, funded by $296 million dollars through Governor Newsom’s Clean California initiative, was announced December 1, 2021. Applications are due by February 1, 2022 and HELIX can assist you in pursuing this revenue stream for your projects.


About the Clean California Local Grant Program 
The Clean California Local Grant Program (CCLGP) is a competitive grant program intended to beautify and clean up local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways, transit centers, and other public spaces. It can be used for both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects such as park or streetscape improvements, clean-up and education programs, and art installations. You may request up to $5 million per project and applications are due February 1, 2022, so now is the time to act. Awards will be announced March 2022.


Am I eligible for the CCLGP?

Applicants must be local or regional public agencies, transit agencies, or federally recognized tribal governments. Non-profit organizations may partner with eligible applicants as sub-applicants. The project must be in a public space, meet the CCLGP goals, and be an infrastructure related community litter abatement and beautification project and/or a non-infrastructure related community litter abatement event and/or educational program.


What are the CCLGP goals?

1.  Reduce the amount of waste and debris within public rights -of -way, pathways, parks, transit centers, and other public spaces.

2.  Enhance, rehabilitate, restore, or install measures to beautify and improve public spaces and mitigate the urban heat island effect.

3.  Enhance public health, cultural connections, and community placemaking by improving public spaces for walking and recreation.

4.  Advance equity for underserved communities.


Am I competitive for the CCLGP?

Projects that will be more competitive for the CCLGP include:

  • Projects that benefit many people.
  • Project that benefit underserved communities. It is specifically recommended that your project be at least 50% in an underserved community.
  • Projects that meet the CCLGP goals and were identified based on local public engagement.
  • Projects that demonstrate community need, including the need for waste reduction, beautification, enhanced public health, cultural connection, increased equity, or greening.
  • Projects that are deliverable, meaning they will be done with construction by June 2024 and there must be a scope with project plans or program workplan, a schedule, and a cost breakdown of project components.


Is There a Match?
That depends. The match requirement can range from 0% to 50% based on the severity of disadvantage in the population the project serves. There are five different ways to calculate this match, see page 13 of the CCLGP Guidelines for more information.


We are available to help.  Contact us today!

HELIX’s landscape architects have extensive public outreach and park design experience and would be happy to provide design, outreach, and/or grant writing support services for your projects. With in-house CEQA experts and technical specialists in biology, cultural resources, architectural history, noise, and air quality/greenhouse gas, HELIX is also available to conduct the grant-required CEQA work.


To discuss your questions, eligibility, competitiveness, and best approach for your projects, we are standing by to assist. Please contact Jessamyn Lett, Landscape Architect, via e-mail at