FY22-23 Urban and Community Forestry Green Schoolyards
The purpose of this grant type is to create green schoolyards to protect the health, well-being, and educational opportunity of children most vulnerable to increasing temperatures and extreme heat across California. Projects shall be centered around improving the environmental conditions and experiences for school children with the highest levels of co-benefits.
The CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry Program works to optimize the benefits of trees and related vegetation through multiple objective projects as specific in the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978 (PRC 4799.06-4799.12.1)).
Two grant options will be offered for Green Schoolyards projects. These two grant types are independent of each other. The Planning Grant focuses on all planning activities only; funding for the implementation of the project may be awarded by CAL FIRE if funding is available and a future grant application is successful. The implementation grant type can include all activities covered under the Planning Grants plus the implementation of all project components.
The Implementation Grant can include all aspects of planning and implementation of the project. Budget limitations are $500,000-$30,000,000 awarded per applicant including up to $2,500,000 per school campus.
The Planning Grant focuses on all planning aspects of the green schoolyards project. The goal of this option is to complete the plan for implementation of a Green Schoolyards project including preliminary site designs, environmental assessments (e.g., HazMat identification and plan for remediation), CEQA, stakeholder engagement, any permitting, and other steps required for the implementation of the project. The goal of this grant type, grantees are able to have a shovel-ready project including the associated project budget estimate. Budget limitations are $75,000-$3,000,000 awarded per applicant including up to $200,000 per school campus.
- Public Agency
Cities, Counties, Qualifying School Districts, and Non-profit Organizations.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Projects that meet the criteria for being in or benefiting a disadvantaged community, low-income community, and in-need educational facilities will be eligible to have their cost share requirement reduced or completely waived.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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