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Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) Grants

Grants to California Agencies and Nonprofits to
Mitigate the Environmental Impacts of Transportation

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California Natural Resources Agency

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06/17/19 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.

In accordance with the provisions of Section 187 and 188 of the Streets and Highways Code, an attempt will be made to allocate 40 percent of the total funding amount recommended to projects in northern counties and 60 percent of the total funding amount recommended to projects in southern counties. The southern counties are: San Luis Obispo, Kern, Mono, Tulare, Inyo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial. For purposes of this north/south split, all other counties are considered northern counties.

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.

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 additional information about Related Transportation Facility, see:

Projects must meet all of the following minimum requirements:
1. Applicants must establish and demonstrate a direct or indirect relationship between the EEM project and the modification or construction of a RTF.
2. The RTF must have an adverse impact on the environment.
3. The EEM project must be different from the RTF.
4. The EEM project must mitigate the environmental damage caused by the RTF.
5. The EEM project, if in or near the right-of-way, must be compatible with and not interfere with the operation or safety of the RTF.
6. The EEM project must not limit currently planned or anticipated future improvements to the RTF.
7. The EEM project must comply with the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) or local agency landscape water ordinance (if as strict or stricter than MWELO) and use low water, drought tolerant plantings.
8. If the EEM project is on a State-owned right-of-way, applicable State design and construction standards and practices must apply.
9. If the EEM project is off a State-owned right-of-way, applicable design and construction standards and practices of the local government having jurisdiction over the project location shall apply.
10.Comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000).

For examples of eligible projects, see:

Projects that protect biodiversity, ecosystem health, habitat quality, and connectivity to secure the success of wildlife species and populations will be more competitive. For more information regarding competitiveness, 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:

Technical Assistance Workshops will be held as follows:

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
CalEPA, Sierra Hearing Room
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95812

Webcast: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

To access the webcast go to The audio and visual links to the webcast will become active approximately 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.

Los Angeles
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, Atrium Room
570 West Avenue 26
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Friday, May 3rd, 2019, 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Yucaipa Community Center
34900 Oak Glen Road
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Department of Transportation, Manchester Office
Yosemite Room #145
2015 East Shields Avenue, Suite 100
Fresno, CA 93726

San Diego
Friday, May 10, 2019, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center
One Father Junipero Serra Trail
San Diego, CA 92119-1008

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.

RSVP to Workshops using the following link:

OR at (916) 653-2812 OR at

Apply online through SOAR at:

SOAR is not compatible with Mac computers or the Mozilla Firefox web browser. SOAR works best on a PC using Internet Explorer. For technical assistance with SOAR, call (916) 653-6138 or email:

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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