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Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) Grants

Grants to California Agencies and Nonprofits for
Environmental Mitigation Projects

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California Natural Resources Agency

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03/05/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations and government agencies to implement environmental mitigation measures and enhancement projects related to the state’s transportation infrastructure. Project categories include urban forestry projects, land acquisition and enhancement, and other environmental mitigation projects.

Every EEM project must mitigate, either directly or indirectly, the environmental impacts of the modification of an existing Transportation Facility or the environmental impacts of the construction of a new Transportation Facility (hereafter referred to as Related Transportation Facility or RTF). The EEM project can be the required mitigation for the RTF or enhancement to mitigation required for the RTF. 

For purposes of this program, an RTF is defined as a public street, highway, mass transit guideway (trains, ports, light rail lines, city streets, airports, etc.) or their appurtenant features (e.g. park and ride facilities, high-occupancy vehicle lanes, transit stations, etc.).

Eligible EEM projects must fit one of the following categories:

A. Urban Forestry - projects designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide.

B. Resource Lands - projects for the acquisition or enhancement of resource lands to mitigate the loss of, or the detriment to, resource lands lying within the right-of-way acquired for transportation improvements.

C. Mitigation Projects Beyond the Scope of the Lead Agency - projects to mitigate the impact of proposed Transportation Facilities or to enhance the environment, where the ability to effectuate the mitigation or enhancement measures is beyond the scope of the lead agency responsible for assessing the environmental impact of the proposed transportation improvement. 

EEM Projects that demonstrate the following multiple benefits will be more competitive:

  • Decreased air and/or water pollution.
  • Reduced consumption of natural resources and energy.
  • Increased reliability of local water supplies.
  • Increased adaptability to climate change.
  • Increased protection of biodiversity

For additional details about project and site eligibility, see:

For project requirements, see:

For examples of eligible projects, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131066

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants for individual projects are generally limited to $500,000 each.

Agency may recommend awards up to $1,000,000 for acquisition projects, based on consideration of numerous factors, including, but not limited to, maximum benefits in a one-time or limited opportunity, acquisition of resource lands of considerable size, substantial leveraging, and/or projects with statewide significance.

Term of Contract:

Generally, projects have four years in which to expend their funds. All eligible reimbursable costs must occur after the Agreement is in place.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local, state and federal agencies and 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities may apply for and receive grants. The entity is not required to be a transportation or highway related organization but must be able to demonstrate adequate charter or enabling authority to carry out the type of project proposed and be eligible for funding under Article XIX of the State Constitution. Partnerships are encouraged; however, only one entity may submit a project proposal.

For Development projects, only one application may be submitted per eligible Applicant. However, more than one application may be submitted for acquisition projects.

For examples of ineligible projects, see:

Applicants should consult and involve Native American Tribes and stakeholder groups regarding projects that affect California tribal communities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All Technical Assistance Workshops will be held online.

Attendance is limited to fifty participants per workshop and as such, registration is required. Once registered, attendees will receive a link to the webinar.

To register:

- Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- Thursday, January 21st, 2021 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- Tuesday, January 27th, 2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are required to submit an online project proposal in SOAR (System for Online Application Review) no later than June 17, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Applicants proposing the most competitive eligible projects will be invited to compete in the next phase of the evaluation process, which includes an on-site field visit. The most competitive projects that receive a field visit will be invited to submit additional supporting documentation to continue in the competitive process.

Matching funds are not required for EEM Program grants. However, applications which include other sources of funds for the proposed project will be more competitive.

If the Applicant has obtained, or is planning to obtain, other sources of funds for the project, identify each source of funding separately on the Cost Estimate, including other State of California funds and in-kind contributions.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online through SOAR at:

Hard copy application packages must be sent to:

California Natural Resources Agency
Attn: EEM Coordinator
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814

Direct questions to:

(916) 653-2812

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