The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is awarding more than $800,000 in local and regional planning grants to San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the nonprofit announced yesterday.

The foundation said each of the 10 grants awarded is designed to improve local and regional planning processes, increase public involvement in critical planning decisions and raise awareness about the benefits of smart growth policies.

The Bay Area’s population is expected to jump by nearly 2 million residents by 2035 and those people will need jobs and housing, according to the foundation.

"The question is not whether our region will continue to grow. The question is will we plan for growth? Land use plans, together with transportation plans, are the most important factors in determining the quality of life and long-term environmental health of our region,” said Emmett D. Carson, CEO and president of the community foundation.

The San Mateo County recipients include:

• Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County: $85,000 to recruit and train advocates for mixed-income housing and transit-oriented development;

• Threshold: $50,000 for a targeted civic engagement campaign for local and regional housing solutions;

• San Mateo County Transit District: $75,000 to evaluate market demand for housing and jobs along the El Camino Real corridor from Daly City to San Jose;

• Sierra Club Foundation: $75,000 to increase capacity and support for smart growth policies in planning decisions.

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