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Grants to California Agencies and Nonprofits for
Environmental Projects Related to Transportation

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) Grants

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Natural Resources Agency

Conf. Date:

05/04/22

Deadline Date:

06/03/22 5:00 PM PST

Description:

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations and government agencies for activities to decrease the effects of local transportation systems on the environment. Funding is intended for a range of capital projects including land acquisition and enhancement, environmental mitigation projects, and urban forestry 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: https://resources.ca.gov/-/media/CNRA-Website/Files/grants/EEM/2022-Final-EEM-Guidelines.pdf#page=6

For project requirements, see: https://resources.ca.gov/-/media/CNRA-Website/Files/grants/EEM/2022-Final-EEM-Guidelines.pdf#page=8

For examples of eligible projects, see: https://resources.ca.gov/-/media/CNRA-Website/Files/grants/EEM/2022-Final-EEM-Guidelines.pdf#page=9

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131066

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$7,000,000

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.

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 project proposal may be submitted per eligible applicant. However, more than one project proposal may be submitted per eligible applicant for Acquisition projects.

Costs incurred outside of the project performance period are not eligible for reimbursement.

For examples of ineligible projects, see:
https://resources.ca.gov/-/media/CNRA-Website/Files/grants/EEM/2022-Final-EEM-Guidelines.pdf#page=10

For projects that affect tribal communities, Grantees will be required to show meaningful outreach and attempt to collaborate with local California Native American tribes through the implementation of their project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All workshops will be held via webcast, and each workshop will have a limited number of participants. To receive workshop login information, you must RSVP.

In order to RSVP, please complete this online form: https://forms.gle/Tcg8QUqCECEQzXYPA

April 26, 2022
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

April 28, 2022
1:00 PM-3:00 PM

May 2, 2022
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

May 4, 2022
1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. PST on June 3, 2022.

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.

This is a reimbursement grant.

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.

Applicants who have obtained, or are planning to obtain, other sources of funds for a project should identify each source of funding separately on the Cost Estimate (Appendix D or E), 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: https://soar.resources.ca.gov/SoarLogin.aspx

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
eemcoordinator@resources.ca.gov

For technical assistance with SOAR, please call or e-mail the SOAR help desk.
Phone: (916) 653-6138
Email: soar.admin@resources.ca.gov

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