Public Grants

There are more state dollars available now to support some or all aspects of urban forestry than there ever have been in California’s history – which indicates that urban trees are now better recognized and better integrated into many public projects.

This unprecedented “Green Rush” opens numerous doors of opportunity for non-profits and community groups to secure significant public funds for urban forestry and tree planting projects connecting to greenhouse gas reductions, environmental mitigation, active transportation, sustainable communities, environmental justice, water, and energy conservation.

 


Cal-EPA 2016 Environmental Justice Small Grants

Administrated by: California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

Synopsis: The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants are available to help eligible non-profit community groups/organizations and federally recognized Tribal governments address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards.

Connection to Urban Forestry: Cal-EPA has added another project category this year that is very relevant to our network: “Address Climate Change Impacts Through Community Led Solutions.” Projects examples include energy efficiency, community greening, water conservation, & increased biking/walking.

Available Funding (2016-17): Unknown

Status of Program Guidelines: Completed

Next Expected Request for Proposals: Unknown

Eligible Applicants: Non-profit entities or federally recognized Tribal governments.

 


Urban and Community Forestry Program

Administrated by: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)

Synopsis: Multiple grant programs supported by the Urban and Community Forestry Program will fund tree planting, tree inventories, urban wood and biomass utilization, blighted urban lands improvements, and leading edge work that advances the goals and objectives of supporting healthy urban forests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Connection to Urban Forestry: Urban forestry is the primary focus of this program.

Available Funding (2016-17): $15 million

Status of Program Guidelines: Completed

Next Expected Request for Proposals: Concept proposals are due December 30th, 2016

Eligible Applicants: Cities, counties, non-profits, qualifying districts

 


Urban Greening Grant Program

Administrated by: California Natural Resources Agency

Synopsis: Consistent with AB 32, the Urban Greening Program will fund projects that reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicles miles traveled, while also transforming the built environment into places that are more sustainable enjoyable, and effective in creating healthy and vibrant communities.

Connection to Urban Forestry: This new program explicitly includes urban heat island mitigation projects and energy conservation efforts related to shade tree planting. The existing draft guidelines favor tree planting as the primary quantification methodology to reduce greenhouse gases.

Available Funding (2016-17): $80 million

Status of Program Guidelines: Comments on draft guidelines were due December 16, 2016

Next Expected Request for Proposals: 2017

Eligible Applicants: Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and qualifying districts



Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program

Administrated by: California ReLeaf

Synopsis: Through CAL FIRE’s Urban & Community Forestry Program, California ReLeaf is able to administer urban forestry grant programs on behalf of the State of California that reduce greenhouse gasses, and all must either be located in, or provide benefit to, disadvantaged communities as defined by CalEnviroScreen 2.0.

Connection to Urban Forestry: Urban forestry is the primary focus of this program.

Available Funding (2016-17): $120,000

Status of Program Guidelines: Completed

Next Expected Request for Proposals: Applications were due December 5th, 2016

Eligible Applicants: Incorporated nonprofit organizations and unincorporated community-based groups (with a fiscal sponsor) located in California


Planting with Purpose Urban Forestry Grant Program

Administrated by: California ReLeaf

Synopsis: Through CAL FIRE’s Urban & Community Forestry Program, California ReLeaf is able to administer urban forestry grant programs on behalf of the State of California that reduce greenhouse gasses, and all must either be located in, or provide benefit to, disadvantaged communities as defined by CalEnviroScreen 2.0.

Connection to Urban Forestry: Urban forestry is the primary focus of this program.

Available Funding (2016-17): $450,000

Status of Program Guidelines: Completed

Next Expected Request for Proposals: Applications were due December 5th, 2016

Eligible Applicants: Incorporated nonprofit organizations and unincorporated community-based groups (with a fiscal sponsor) located in California


California Urban Rivers Grant Program

Administrated by: California Natural Resources Agency

Synopsis: Proposition 1 provides funding to the California Natural Resources Agency for green infrastructure that conserves water, buffers climate change impacts, improves water quality,  water supply, public health, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and energy demand, restores and protects rivers, creeks and streams including the acquisition of resource lands.

Connection to Urban Forestry: Urban forestry is a major focus of this program.   Eligible projects include expanding urban forest to increase shade and decrease ambient temperatures around buildings and alleys, intercept stormwater promoting infiltration and bio-remediate pollutants, and reduce heat island effects to provide air, water and public health benefits.

Available Funding (2016-17): $9,300,000

Status of Program Guidelines: Completed

Next Expected Request for Proposals: Applications were due October 3rd, 2016

Eligible Applicants:

Public agencies, California nonprofit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, state indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation list and mutual water companies. All nonprofits must be a 501(c)(3) as verified by the Internal Revenue Service.


Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP)

Administrated by: California Natural Resources Agency

Synopsis:  The EEMP encourages projects that produce multiple benefits which reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase water use efficiency, reduce risks from climate change impacts, and demonstrate collaboration with local, state and community entities. Eligible projects must be directly or indirectly related to the environmental impact of the modification of an existing transportation facility or construction of a new transportation facility.

Connection to Urban Forestry: One of two primary focal points of the EEMP

Available Funding (2016-17): $6.7 million

Status of Program Guidelines: Completed

Next Expected Request for Proposals: Unknown

Eligible Applicants: Local, state, and federal governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations


Active Transportation Program (ATP)

Administrated by: California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS)

Synopsis:  The ATP provides funding to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking.

Connection to Urban Forestry: Trees and other vegetation are significant components of several eligible projects under the ATP, including parks, trails, and safe-routes-to-schools.

Available Funding (2016-17): $240 million for fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21

Status of Program Guidelines: Completed

Next Expected Request for Proposals: Unknown

Eligible Applicants:  Public agencies, transit agencies, school districts, tribal governments and non-profit organizations. Non-profits are eligible lead applicants for parks and recreational trails.


Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC)

Administrated by: Strategic Growth Council

Synopsis: The SGC is authorized to fund land-use, housing, transportation, and land preservation projects to support infill and compact development that reduce GHG emissions.

Connection to Urban Forestry: Eligible use of funds include, but are not limited to, rainwater recycling, flow and filtration systems including rain gardens, stormwater planters and filters, vegetated swales, bioretention basins, infiltration trenches and integration with riparian buffers, shade trees, community gardens, parks and open space.

Available Funding (2016-17): $320 million

Status of Program Guidelines: Under revision for 2017

Next Expected Request for Proposals: Unknown

Eligible Applicants: Locality (e.g. local agencies), Developer (entity responsible for project construction), Program Operator (day-to-day operational project administrator).


Museum Grant Program

Administrated by: California Cultural and Historical Endowment

Synopsis: The Museum Grant Program was established to assist and enhance the services provided by California’s museums, and other groups and institutions that undertake cultural projects that are deeply rooted in and reflective of previously underserved communities.

Connection to Urban Forestry: Living collections such as arboretums are eligible candidates under the Museum Grant Program. Eligible development projects may include permanent landscape/hardscape. Also eligible are permanent exhibits and exterior landscapes, gardens, and outdoor plazas.

Available Funding (2016-17): Unknown

Status of Program Guidelines: Completed

Next Expected Request for Proposals: Applications are likely due September 2017.

Eligible Applicants: Public agencies and nonprofit organizations

 

 


Stormwater Management Program

Administrated by: State Water Resources Control Board

Synopsis: The Stormwater Management Program will provide funds for multi-benefit stormwater management projects that also contribute to local water supplies.

Connection to Urban Forestry: This is a new program using funds from Proposition 1, which explicitly states eligible projects may include (but shall not be limited to) green infrastructure, rainwater and stormwater capture projects, and stormwater treatment facilities.

Available Funding (2016-17): $0

Status of Program Guidelines: Revised December 2015

Next Expected Request for Proposals: 2018

Eligible Applicants: Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, state Indian tribes listed on Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List, and mutual water companies.


 

 


 

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