Environment, Transportation
State or Federal?
Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) Program projects must contribute to mitigation of the environmental effects of transportation facilities.

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, a RTF is defined as a public street, highway, mass transit guideway (trains, ports, light rail lines, city streets, airports, etc.) or their appurtenat features (e.g. park and ride facilities, high-occupancy vehicle lanes, transit stations, etc.).
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
Any state, local, federal or 501(c)(3) non-profit entity 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 an application.

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 or near the right of-way acquired for transportation improvements.
C. Mitigation Projects Beyond the Scope of the Lead Agency responsible for assessing the environmental impact of the proposed transportation improvement.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jun 20, 2018
Due Date Notes
Applicants may submit a one-page concept proposal. Though not required, this will help Applicants determine if their project may be competitive before completing a full application. This summary should be concise, providing reviewers a snapshot of the project. In depth explanations may be provided in the application. Feedback will be provided generally within 1-2 weeks. In order to be reviewed, the one-page concept proposal must be submitted to no later than May 21, 2018.

Application packages for the 2018 grant cycle must be submitted online through SOAR by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. In addition, a printed original (with wet signature) and one copy must also be sent to the Bonds and Grants Unit with a postmark no later than Friday, June 22, 2018.
Max Award
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the five technical assistance workshops. Each workshop will include a presentation designed to provide help and guidance in preparing grant applications. Opportunities to network and discuss specific project questions is also provided. Information on dates and locations for the workshops as well as how to RSVP can be found here:
Match Required?
Match Notes
Matching funds are not required for EEM Program grants. However, applications that include other sources of funds for the proposed project will be more competitive.
California Natural Resources Agency
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
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 onetime or limited opportunity, acquisition of resource lands of considerable size, substantial leveraging, and/or projects with statewide significance.
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