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. All projects must achieve measurable benefits by a) acquiring, creating, enhancing or expanding parks and green spaces, or b) use natural systems, or systems that mimic natural systems to achieve multiple benefits to create sustainable and vibrant communities. General Requirements
  1. Projects shall accomplish at least one of the following:
    1. Improve a community’s ability to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
    2. Improve and protect coastal and rural economies, agricultural viability, wildlife corridors or habitat.
    3. Develop future recreational opportunities.
    4. Enhance drought tolerance, landscape resilience, and water retention.
  2. 2. Projects must be located in or benefiting disadvantaged or severely disadvantaged communities (see definitions in Appendix P).
  3. 3. At least fifteen percent (15%) of program funds shall be allocated for projects serving severely disadvantaged communities.
  4. 4. Projects must provide workforce education and training, contractor, and job opportunities for disadvantaged communities, where practicable.
  5. 5. Projects shall include the planning, monitoring, and reporting necessary to ensure successful implementation of the project objectives.
  6. 6. Measurement of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and carbon sequestration associated with the project is required, where practicable.
  7. 7. Grant funds cannot be used to fulfill any mitigation requirements imposed by law.
  8. 8. Projects should include, where possible:
    1. a. Efficient use and conservation of water supplies.
    2. b. Use of recycled water.
    3. c. Stormwater capture to reduce stormwater runoff, reduce water pollution, or recharge groundwater supplies, or a combination thereof.
    4. d. Provision of safe and reliable drinking water supplies to park and open-space visitors.
  9. 9. Projects must be accessible to the public, where feasible.
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