Resource Conservation & Development

Green Infrastructure Grant Program

The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the Green Infrastructure Program from May 13 through June 28, 2019 via the System for Online Application Review (SOAR) . $18.5 million in awards will be funded by this program. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process, anticipated for late Summer/early Fall 2019.

Ford Foundation Grants

The Ford Foundation makes grants that support the three I's: Institutions, Ideas, and Individuals. Having recently done away with their siloed grants program, the Ford Foundation accepts grant proposals that start in seven program areas, or entry points, as they say.

The seven program areas:

  • Civic Engagement and Government
  • Creativity and Free Expression
  • Future of Work(ers)
  • Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice
  • Just Cities and Regions
  • Natural Resources and Climate Change
  • Technology and Society

Environmental Enhacement and Mitigation (EEM) Grant Program

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) programs projects contribute to mitigation of the environmental effects of transportation facilities.

Eligible EEM projects must fit one of the following categories:

A. Urban Forestry projects designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide.

B. Resource Lands projects for the acquisition or enhancement of resource lands to mitigate
the loss of, or the detriment to, resource lands lying within the right-of-way acquired for
transportation improvements.

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program

The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program utilizes Cap-and-Trade proceeds to protect agricultural lands on the outskirts of cities and near residential neighborhoods from development. All applicants interested in submitting an easement application are required to submit a pre-proposal by the deadline listed to be considered for funding.

April 17, 2019: Pre-Proposal Deadline
September 13, 2019: Application Deadline

State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy. (Prop 68)

Urban Greening Grant Program

The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting concept proposals for the Urban Greening Grant Program from January 8, 2019 through February 28, 2019. Approximately $19.0 million in awards will be funded by this program through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process, anticipated Spring 2019.

CONCEPT PROPOSAL SOLICITATION DUE: FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Cultural, Community and Natural Resources Grant Program

California voters passed the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) on June 5, 2018. Proposition 68 authorized the Legislature to appropriate $37 million to the California Natural Resources Agency (the “State”) for competitive grants that protect, restore, and enhance California’s cultural, community and natural resources. This resulted in the Cultural, Community and Natural Resources (“CCNR”) Grant Program.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding directly to community-based organizations for projects that help residents of underserved communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues. For purposes of this announcement, the term "underserved community" refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks.