Urban Greening Grant Program

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Closed (97 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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The Urban Greening Program, funded by the General Fund, is a grant program designed to promote a comprehensive, long-term approach to addressing climate change to improve the environment. Specifically, the program funds urban greening and urban forestry projects that reduce GHG emissions and provide multiple additional benefits.


Eligible urban greening projects will reduce GHG emissions, mitigate the effects of extreme heat, and provide multiple additional benefits, including, but not limited to, a decrease in air and water pollution or a reduction in the consumption of natural resources and energy. Eligible projects will result in the conversion of an existing built environment into green space that uses natural and green infrastructure approaches to create sustainable and vibrant communities. A competitive project will maximize opportunities to reduce GHG emissions through project design and implementation as well as incorporate green infrastructure solutions that improve the sustainability and function of existing urban hardscapes and landscapes. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the grant program requires all projects to achieve measurable benefits. Per statute, all projects must do at least one of the following:

• Acquire, create, enhance, or expand community parks and green spaces, and/or

• Use natural systems or systems that mimic natural systems to achieve multiple benefits.

See the program guidelines for more information on eligibility and statutory and program priorities.

Disadvantaged Communities

SB 859 directs Agency to allocate at least 75 percent of the funding available to projects located in, and that provides benefits to disadvantaged communities. Hereinafter, the term “disadvantaged” refers to either the top 25% highest scoring census tracts in CalEnviroScreen 4.0, or census tracts with median household incomes at or below 80 percent of the statewide average (refer to California State Parks’ Community FactFinder, or Department of Water Resources’ Disadvantaged Communities Mapping Tool).


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

A city, county, special district, nonprofit organization, or an agency or entity formed pursuant to the Joint Exercise of Powers Act are eligible. Nonprofit organization means any nonprofit corporation qualified to do business in California and qualified under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. California Native American tribal governments are eligible to apply if they have a nonprofit corporation as defined in program guidelines.

Eligible Geographies:


Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
December 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
March 1, 2026

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Approximately $47.5 million is available for urban greening projects. The State anticipates one funding cycle; however, funding cycles are contingent upon the number of competitive applications.

There are no maximum or minimum grant amounts.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Payments will be made on a reimbursement basis. Ten percent (10%) of the amount requested for reimbursement may be retained and issued as a final payment upon project completion. For acquisition projects, grantees may request an advance of funds into escrow.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-653-2812, urbangreening@resources.ca.gov