Support the development of green infrastructure projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide multiple benefits.
Urban Greening Program will fund projects that reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicle miles traveled, while also transforming the built environment into places that are more sustainable, enjoyable, and effective in creating healthy and vibrant communities. These projects will establish and enhance parks and open space, using natural solutions to improving air and water quality and reducing energy consumption, and creating more walkable and bike-able trails.
All projects are required to show a net GHG benefit and provide multiple other benefits. In order to quantify GHG emission reductions, projects must include at least one of the following project activities:• Sequester and store carbon by planting trees• Reduce building energy use by strategically planting trees to shade buildings• Reduce commute vehicle miles traveled by constructing bicycle paths, bicycle lanes or pedestrian facilities that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and schools.
In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, SB 859 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
Additional points will be given to projects that meet two of the following:1. Provides park or recreational benefits to a critically underserved community or disadvantaged community2. Proposed by a critically underserved community or disadvantaged community3. Develops partnerships with local community organizations and businesses in order to strengthen outreach to disadvantaged communities, provides access to quality jobs for residents of disadvantaged communities, or provides access to workforce education and training4. Uses interagency cooperation and integration5. Uses existing public lands and facilitates the use of public resources and investments, including schools
This program intends to award funding to disadvantaged or low-income communities, also known as priority populations, as follows:1. 65 percent to projects located within and benefitting disadvantaged communities (top 25% in CalEnviroScreen 3.0)2. 10 percent to projects located within and benefitting AB 1550 low-income communities (at or below 80 percent of the statewide median income)3. 5 percent to projects located within and benefitting AB 1550 low-income communities that are within a half mile of a disadvantaged community.
- Public Agency
Grant Funds will be awarded to a city, county, special district, nonprofit organization, or an agency or entity formed pursuant to the Joint Exercise of Powers Act [Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 6500) of Division 7 of Title 1] if at least one of the parties to the joint powers agreement qualifies as an eligible applicant, notwithstanding the Joint Exercise of Powers Act.
Statewide. Priority will be given to projects that are in and serve disadvantaged and/or low income communities. If a project does not qualify as a disadvantaged community under CalEnviroScreen 3.0 or a low-income community, it must be located in an urban area.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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