The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program offers funding opportunities authorized by California Code of Regulations Title 27, Division 1, Chapter 3, Article 1 to assist eligible non-profit community organizations and federally-recognized Tribal governments address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards. The EJ Small Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
The Volkswagen (VW) Mitigation Trust (also known as the Trust or Mitigation Trust) was established as part of a settlement with Volkswagen for their role in utilizing illegal defeat devices in certain 2.0 and 3.0 liter VW vehicles that resulted in excess emissions. The Trust will provide funding to mitigate these excess emissions through the replacement or repower of older, heavy-duty vehicles, engines and equipment with zero emission and other clean technologies.
CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program funds landscape-scale land management projects intended to restore and maintain healthy forests and conserve working forests. Projects funded under the Forest Health Program contribute to the goals of the Forest Carbon Plan, California’s Natural and Working Lands Implementation Plan, and California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32).
The CAL FIRE 2019/2020 Urban and Community Forestry Program is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to 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.
The Transformative Climate Communities Program offers Planning and Implementation Grants for integrated sets of community-led projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life. Implementation Grants fund transportation, greening, energy, water, waste, housing, and health projects. Planning Grants fund community-led development of projects and goals to improve resilience.
The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program funds affordable housing and mixed-use developments and transportation improvements, including transit and active transportation infrastructure and programs.
These funds are appropriated and made available for California incorporated cities to prepare for and respond to Public Safety Power Shutoff events.
Funds appropriated may be used to procure fixed, long term emergency electrical generation equipment, continuity plans, risk assessments for critical infrastructure, post event reports, public education materials or supplies to prepare for electric disruption.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to announce a second competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program. Through this program, CDFA funds energy efficient refrigeration units in corner stores and small businesses in low-income or low-access areas throughout the state to stock California-grown fresh produce, nuts and minimally processed foods.
The VW Mitigation Trust has $130 million in funds to replace older, high-polluting transit, school, and shuttle buses with new battery-electric or fuel-cell buses. Replacing an older bus with a zero-emission bus eliminates particulate matter and other pollutants that impact children and residents riding the buses, as well as residents throughout California communities. During the project’s 10-year period, approximately 425 vehicles will be replaced with an incentive amount of up to $400,000 per vehicle.