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.
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).
- 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.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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