SACRAMENTO – Today, the Newsom administration announced the availability of nearly $ 300 million in Clean California grants and called on local communities to submit applications for projects that will clean up and beautify local streets, tribal lands, parks and transit centers throughout California. The new grants are part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Clean California initiative, a massive, multi-year, $ 1.1 billion cleanup effort led by Caltrans to eliminate waste, create thousands of jobs and inspire communities to transform public spaces.
“Clean California is an unprecedented investment to clean up our state and engage directly in our communities to create public spaces that all Californians can be proud of,” Gov. Newsom said. “The funding is also a recognition of what we all already know – it’s high time to take serious action to remove unsightly litter from our streets, highways and in local communities. Clean California will create thousands of jobs and revitalize neighborhoods in every corner of our state. “
Clean California is a massive expansion of national and local waste reduction efforts that will remove 1.2 million cubic meters of waste from state highways annually, up from 270,000 cubic meters in 2020. The initiative is expected to generate approximately 10 million cubic feet of waste annually. 000-11,000 jobs over three years, including for those emerging from homelessness, youth at risk, veterans, those re-entering society after incarceration, local artists and students. The initiative complements the governor’s multi-pronged approach to tackling the state’s homeless crisis with a historic $ 12 billion over two years to implement bold and transformative solutions to shelter, stabilize and prevent people from returning to the streets.
“Our communities and neighborhoods are weighed down by the accumulation of waste and its negative impacts on our economy, environment, safety and public health,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “These Clean California grants are designed to help communities clean up and beautify their hometowns and local streets.”
As of today, cities, counties, transit agencies, tribal governments and other government entities in California can submit proposals of up to $ 5 million to beautify their communities and tackle waste and waste. debris. Among other examples, Caltrans will consider projects that remove waste from city streets, create a marker on an artery entering a city or neighborhood, beautify an area with greening or landscaping, or facilitate connections. cultural and civic pride within a community.
“This is a historic opportunity to beautify public spaces in too often neglected communities and to make our streets and sidewalks safer for everyone. I thank the Newsom administration for working hand in hand with local agencies, tribes and other partners to make these transformative resources available, ”said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.
Caltrans expects to receive proposals from agencies in all 58 counties of California and will award approximately 200 grants to create hundreds of sustainable green beautification and waste reduction projects statewide. The department will match local investments and meet the needs of the most underserved communities to reach an ambitious goal of funding 300 local projects across California during the three-year program. Since July, Caltrans has collected 3,800 tonnes of trash – enough to fill more than 70 Olympic-size swimming pools – and has made more than 600 conditional job offers under the program.
“Clean California gives cities the resources to take meaningful action to clean and revitalize our public spaces and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. I thank the governor for his leadership and his partnership with local governments, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders to beautify our communities, ”said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
The grant application period ends February 1, 2022 and Caltrans will announce grant recipients on March 1, 2022. Recipients must complete their project by June 30, 2024.
“The roads and trade corridors in California are too dirty, you see it, I see it and Governor Newsom sees it. Today’s announcement will provide unprecedented funding to local communities like Long Beach so we can expand our waste reduction and cleanup efforts and make California shine, ”said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia .
Caltrans developed the grant guidelines with community input at public workshops on September 1 and October 7, 2021. Together, more than 1,600 stakeholders attended the workshops, including transport agencies and local governments and tribal.
To apply for the Clean California Grants, visit https://cleancalifornia.dot.ca.gov/local-grants/workshops-milestones.