California Natural Resources Agency
03/05/21 5:00 PM
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:
For additional details about project and site eligibility, see: https://resources.ca.gov/-/media/CNRA-Website/Files/grants/EEM/2020-21-Final-EEM-Guidelines.pdf?la=en&hash=13E4BC3C911DD30EC612586D5F6B0586ECD0DA7E#page=6
For examples of eligible projects, see: https://resources.ca.gov/-/media/CNRA-Website/Files/grants/EEM/2020-21-Final-EEM-Guidelines.pdf?la=en&hash=13E4BC3C911DD30EC612586D5F6B0586ECD0DA7E#page=9
GrantWatch ID#: 131066
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.
Generally, projects have four years in which to expend their funds. All eligible reimbursable costs must occur after the Agreement is in place.
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:
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