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Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) Grant Program



With applications due in June 2017

The Legislature established the EEM Program in 1989 and amended on September 26, 2013. It offers $7 million each fiscal year for grants to state, local, federal and nonprofit organizations. Eligible projects must be directly or indirectly related to the environmental impact of the modification of an existing transportation facility or construction of a new transportation facility (CA Constitution, Art.XIX, Sec.1).

The EEM Program encourages projects that produce multiple benefits which reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase water use efficiency, reduce risks from climate change impacts, and demonstrate collaboration with local, state and community entities.

Grants are awarded in the following categories:

  • Urban Forestry Projects are designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide through the planting of trees and other suitable plants.
  • Resource Lands Projects are for the acquisition, restoration, or enhancement of resource lands (watersheds, wildlife habitat, wetlands, forests, or other significant natural areas) to mitigate the loss of or detriment to such lands within or near the right of way for transportation improvements.
  • Mitigation Projects Beyond the Scope of the Lead Agency responsible for assessing the environmental impact of the proposed transportation improvement.

The Guidelines and Application are published by the California Natural Resources Agency each year.The agency evaluates project proposals and provides a list of recommended projects to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) for consideration.

Four Technical Assistance workshops will be held across the State.  Dates and locations will be announced soon. A list of awards for the 2015-16 grant cycle will be available and posted by the end of March 2017.

For questions, please contact the office by phone: (916) 653-2812; or by email:

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