Please note: The information below is for the 2015 grantmaking year. Please see the sidebar for an update in 2016.
Central Valley Community Foundation serves a region rich in natural resources and human capital. The region is a place where agricultural production, air and water quality, and land use shape the health of our people and communities.
In 2012, Central Valley Community Foundation sought to gain a better understanding of the Environment issues in the Central Valley in order to determine how best to invest the limited Environment funds. In 2013, experts on selected Environment topics influencing the health of our region presented to our Environment Committee, Board, and Staff. The compelling presentations on Smart Growth resonated with the Board and Staff, resulting in the Central Valley Community Foundation's adoption of Smart Growth as the main funding priority for the Environment Grant Cycle in 2013. For the 2015 grantmaking year, the Central Valley Community Foundation continues its commitment to support Smart Growth Strategies that advance public health, social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic growth through grantmaking, including programs that demonstrate outcomes and reflect clear and distinct benchmarks.
Central Valley Community Foundation will fund programs that Advance Smart Growth Strategies in the Central San Joaquin Valley and programs for the restoration of the San Joaquin River. Approximately $250,000 is available for grant programs within Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Merced, Kings and Mariposa counties.
Central Valley Community Foundation will support organizations that deeply understand Smart Growth strategies that advance public health, social equity, support environmental sustainability, and economic growth. Additionally, Central Valley Community Foundation will support organizations that engage communities and understand the Valley's cultural nuances, and the intersection of Smart Growth with health.
We are interested in identifying bright spots and best practices of projects and / or programs that advance the sustainability of this region as it related to Smart Growth. In future funding rounds, we will likely deepen our partnership with specific communities and organizations based on demonstrated successes from previous Smart Growth grants.
Therefore, CVCF will fund programs that (Proposals are required to meet one or more of the following):
The Ted Martin Family Endowment Fund was established to support the restoration of the San Joaquin River, increase river water flow, and restore native fish (particularly salmon) populations to the San Joaquin River.
Central Valley Community Foundation will fund:
The Central Valley Community Foundation will fund programs that Advance Smart Growth Strategies in the Central San Joaquin Valley and programs for the restoration of the San Joaquin River. Approximately $250,000 is available for grant programs within Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Merced, Kings and Mariposa counties.
$200,000 is earmarked for Smart Growth and $50,000 is for the restoration of the San Joaquin River. Smart Growth grants will range from $5,000 to $50,000 and San Joaquin River Restoration Grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000. The duration for Smart Growth grants may be one or two years in duration. The San Joaquin River Restoration grants are for one year, although implementation of a program or project may be extended from 12 to 24 months upon consideration by the grants committee.
Smart growth is a better way to build and maintain our towns and cities. Smart growth means building urban, suburban and rural communities with housing and transportation choices near jobs, shops and schools. This approach supports local economies and protects the environment.
Smart growth is development that is environmentally sensitive, economically viable, community-oriented, and sustainable. It is an approach to land use planning that promotes compact, transit-oriented urban communities that are attractive and liveable. Smart growth focuses on the planning and layout of communities and the efficient use of land to maximize community goals and avoid wasteful sprawl. It involves policies that integrate transportation and land use decisions by encouraging more compact, mixed-use development (infill) within existing urban areas and discouraging dispersed, automobile-dependent development at the urban fringe. Smart growth and sustainable development are often used interchangeably. Sustainable development is a strategy by which communities seek to balance environmental protection, economic development, and social objectives and to meet the needs of today without compromising the quality of life for future generations.
San Joaquin River Stewardship Program, Inc. - San Joaquin River Restoration Summer Youth Program - $50,000.00: A project designed for youth from disadvantaged communities to participate in River Restoration activities including river cleanup, invasive plant removal, and hatchery projects.
Food Commons Fresno Trust - Smart Food for Smart Growth - $50,000: A project to support smart growth in Fresno through healthy, sustainable local food system development. It will: 1) deploy mobile markets in food deserts; 2) curb sprawl and preserve farmland for local food production at the urban edge, and 3) direct community investment into smart local food enterprises.
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability - Building Momentum, Building Community Strength, Building a Sustainable Region - $50,000: A project to identify, prioritize and fund strategic smart growth investments in low-income urban and rural communities through cross-sector collaboration, residents participation, and collaboration with government.
Office of Community and Economic Development - StreetsAlive: a Walking and Bicycling Audit Program - $39,880: A project to support rural cities in thinking about Smart Growth by engaging residents and government officials to develop a Walking and Bicycling Audit Program (StreetsAlive), to promote and support walkable and bicycle-friendly communities in Avenal, Dos Palos, Mendota, Orange Cove and San Joaquin.
Community Water Center - Fostering smart growth by advancing water solutions for disadvantaged communities - $25,000: A project to engage residents and government officials to advance disadvantaged community water solutions in the Tulare Lake Basin region by coordinating and convening stakeholder groups focused on disadvantaged community water solutions in the Tulare Lake Basin.
Fresno Metro Ministry - Blackstone Corridor ‘Smart Mobility’ Design and Constituency Development in Fresno - $25,000: A project to build new diverse cross-sector constituencies of informed residents, businesses, and institutional leaders for achieving integrated in-fill, economic development, and revitalized healthy neighborhoods along the Blackstone Corridor in Fresno to prepare this key corridor for Bus Rapid Transit.
Madera Coalition for Community Justice- Public Transit and Open Space - $20,120: A pilot project to build capacity in Madera County to build awareness, education, and engagement for underserved populations. It will help establish an organizational framework that promotes a healthy community based on Smart Growth drove strategies to create a safe and sustainable environment to ensure efficient development patterns, economic and social vitality, and basic needs for all.
Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners - Education and Advocacy for Resource Sustainability in the Tulare Basin - $15,000: A project to conduct outreach, education, and advocacy to raise awareness and build consensus for sustainable natural resource planning strategies and smart growth principles in Fresno, Kings, and Tulare Counties.
Fresno Metro Ministry $35,000 will establish a regional hub for multi-sector constituency networks in Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties. These networks will develop the Civic Infrastructure needed to influence city and county policies that reflect the needs and aspirations of broad and diverse communities for Smart Growth and Healthy Neighborhoods.
Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability $30,000 Despite its innovative approach to planning, "smart growth" threatens to perpetuate under -investment in rural communities and does not go far enough to protect low-income urban neighborhoods from displacement. This project will ensure equitable smart growth that increases investment and opportunities in existing communities of the San Joaquin Valley.
Fresno City College- Child Development Center $21,000 seeks to host a mini-grant competition for local child care centers to facilitate the creation/expansion of their garden. By infusing the centers' curriculum with gardening and other nutrition-related activities these centers will make inroads against childhood obesity and related illnesses in the Central Valley.
Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners $19,000 focuses on outreach to land use decision-makers in the Tulare Basin so that they are fluent in the language of natural resources and plan growth strategies sensitive to the importance, location, and temperament of the air, soil, water, and wildlife that affect us so profoundly.
California State University Fresno Biology Department $24,000 includes the US Fish & Wildlife Service, CA Fish & Wildlife, and CSU-Fresno faculty and students. We will determine the management actions to reduce the impact of non-native fish predators on juvenile Chinook salmon in order to successfully reintroduce this important species to the San Joaquin River.
Revive the San Joaquin $26,000 will engage our community in on-going programs developed to protect and restore our river. Baseline habitat assessment, water quality monitoring and broad community involvement in riparian restoration activities will be combined to form site-based projects that can be sustained through community involvement.
Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development, Smart Growth America, 05/2013 - Surveys 17 studies that compare different development scenarios. Aggregates comparisons of different development scenarios and determines a national average of how much communities can expect to save by using smart growth strategies.
Smart Growth and the Greening of Comprehensive Plans and Land Use Regulations, by Patricia Salkin, Albany Law School,
Smart Growth, TDM Encyclopedia, Victoria Transport Policy Institute - Focus on the integration between transportation and land use
Evaluating Criticism of Smart Growth, by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, 09/10/2012
12 Cities Leading the Way in Sustainability, by John Light, 01/04/2013, Moyers and Company - List includes Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle
How Smaller Cities are Taking the Lead in Sustainability Innovation, By Sven Eberlein, AlterNet, 07/31/2012
It's Only Natural: Converging Trends Drive Sustainable Territories to the Top of Our Annual Ranking, by Adam Bruns, Site Selection magazine, July 2013 - Annual rankings for Top Sustainable States, Metros and Foreign Countries
Smart Growth Reforms: Changing Planning Regulatory and Fiscal Practices to Support More Efficient Land Use, by Todd Littman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, 04/24/2014
Smart Growth Savings: What We Know About Public Infrastructure and Service Cost Savings, And How They are Misrepresented By Critics, 04/24/2014, by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Overcoming Obstacles to Smart Growth Through Code Reform, An Executive Summary of Smart Growth Zoning Codes: A Resource Guide, Local Government Commission (CA)
Smart Growth Checklist (), A Checklist for Proposed Development Projects in Your Community, NY State Department of Transportation
Link: Smart Valley Places
The following information is organized by specific subject areas that relate to smart growth issues.
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