EEM 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. 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.
- Public Agency
Local, state and federal agencies and 501(c)(3) nonprofits 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.
An attempt will be made to allocate 40% of the total funding amount recommended to projects in northern counties and 60% 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. All other counties are considered northern counties.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Matching funds are not required for EEM Program grants. However, project proposals which include other sources of funds for the proposed project may be more competitive.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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