Urban Forestry

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.

James Cary Smith Community Grants

The Air District is offering $250,000 to non-profit partners and community-based organizations to support and sponsor community-based solutions that address air pollution while also helping reduce our global climate impact. Grants of up to $25,000 per project will be awarded. Grant funding is available to support air quality education and engagement efforts. These grants will fund non-technical activities such as active transportation educational campaigns, urban greening projects, and environmental justice community engagement projects.

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.

2019 Edison International Fire-Safe Community Grants

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) and Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), are pleased to announce a joint collaboration to provide grants to communities in Southern California Edison service areas. The objective of this project is to provide small grants for community fire prevention and preparedness projects. Funding may be used to further enhance community projects such as: capacity building, community outreach/preparedness, and permit-ready hazardous fuel reduction projects.

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

State Coastal Conservancy Proposition 1 Grants

The Coastal Conservancy is currently soliciting Proposition 1 grant proposals, applications are due April 30, 2019. The Proposition 1 Solicitation describes the grant program, its priorities, evaluation criteria, and other important information. In order to apply, applicants must submit a cover page and a project description. Applications for Prop 1 funding for restoration and ecosystem protection projects must include a completed Corps Consultation Review form.

ReLeaf Social Equity Program

The 2019 Social Equity Forest Improvement Grant Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which received money in the 2017-18 State Budget from the California Climate Investments Program to support projects that combat climate change.

ReLeaf California Arbor Week Grants

California ReLeaf is pleased to continue celebrating California Arbor Week by helping local groups plant and maintain trees in their communities. There is $20,000 available for this second cycle of pass-through grants. This program is brought to you thanks to the support of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the USDA Forest Service.

Eligible projects include educational events occurring within the PG&E service area focused on Tree Plantings and Tree Care Activities and "Call Before You Dig" outreach.

Forest Service’s National Urban Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) is a Congressionally designated advisory council to the Secretary of Agriculture on urban forestry and related issues. The 1990 Farm Bill created NUCFAC to bring together the wide variety of voices raised about a common concern: the present health and future preservation of America's urban forests. NUCFAC was founded to synthesize the full spectrum of views into a consistent vision, as a foundation for practical policy on urban forestry and related natural resources.