California Natural Resources Agency
06/17/19 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.
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#: 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.
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Hard copy application packages must be sent to:
California Natural Resources Agency
Attn: EEM Coordinator
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814
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