Under this RFP, EPA will award grants that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded at $30,000 each.
Climate Change Mitigation
The CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry Program works to optimize the benefits of trees and related vegetation through multiple-objective projects as specified in the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978 (Public Resources Code 4799.06-4799.12). These projects further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), result in a net greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit, and provide environmental services and cost-effective solutions to the needs of urban communities and local agencies.
This program was created to ensure that the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is responsive to the research and management needs of Federal and State agencies to provide science and technical support regarding the impacts of climate change in fish, wildlife, plants and ecological processes.
The CLEEN Center provides direct public financing to Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals (MUSH) to help meet the State's goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, water conservation and environmental conservation. Financing can be funded via a combination of a direct loan from IBank or public market tax-exempt bonds in amounts from $50 thousand to $30 million (or higher with board approval).
The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program) supports the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals by making strategic investments to protect agricultural lands from conversion to land uses with more GHG-intensive purposes. Protecting critical agricultural lands from conversion to urban or rural residential development promotes smart growth within existing jurisdictions, ensures open space remains available, and supports a healthy agricultural economy and resulting food security.
This program provides operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities. Approved projects in the program will support new or expanded bus or rail services, expand intermodal transit facilities, and may include equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance and other costs to operate those services or facilities, with each project reducing greenhouse gas emissions.