Urban Greening Program Now Accepting Applications Through May 1, With Workshops Scheduled in March

screenshot-2017-03-01-15-33-31The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) has announced the call for applications for the next round of funding for the Urban Greening Program. There is $80 million in available funding this round and applications are due May 1. This program will fund active transportation projects including trails; the greening of schoolyards; expansion of parks; and green streets and alleyways. The funding comes from cap-and-trade revenue, also known as the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) or the California Climate Investments Fund (CCIF). Thus, projects must demonstrate how they will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, specifically through one or more of the following strategies:

  • Sequester and store carbon by planting trees
  • Reduce building energy use by strategically planting trees to shade buildings
  • Reduce commute vehicle miles traveled by constructing bicycle paths, bicycle lanes or pedestrian facilities that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and schools.

screenshot-2017-03-01-15-33-35Other important notes:

  • Disadvantaged communities will receive priority for funding – a minimum of 75% will be spent in DACs
  • There is no minimum or maximum grant size
  • There is no match required
  • Projects must provide public access where feasible
  • Additional points will be given to projects meeting two of the following statutory priorities (SB 859)
    • Provides park or recreational benefits to a critically underserved community or disadvantaged community.
    • Proposed by a critically underserved community or disadvantaged community.
    • Develops partnerships with local community organizations and businesses in order to strengthen outreach to disadvantaged communities, provides access to quality jobs for residents of disadvantaged communities, or provides access to workforce education and training.
    • Uses interagency cooperation and integration.
    • Uses existing public lands and facilitates the use of public resources and investments, including schools.

The full guidelines are available here.

Technical Assistance Workshops: CNRA will be holding eight workshops around the state to provide information about the program for prospective applicants. If you are thinking of applying, it is strongly encouraged you attend. According to the workshop announcement, each workshop will include a formal presentation and breakout sessions designed to provide help and guidance in preparing grant applications. RSVP’s are appreciated; please email urbangreening@resources.ca.gov or call (916) 653-2812 if you plan to attend a workshop.


March 13, 2017

9 am – 12 pm


Resources Building Auditorium

1416 9th Street, 1st Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

(Webcast available here for first hour and limited to first 100 participants)

Parking Information:http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Public-Works/Parking-Services

March 14, 2017

10 am -1 pm


Caltrans Manchester Office

Yosemite Room 145

2015 East Shields Avenue, Suite 100

Fresno, CA 93726

Free On-Site Parking Available

March 16, 2017

1 pm – 4 pm


Coachella Corporate Yard

53462 Enterprise Way

Coachella, CA 92236

March 17, 2017



CalFire Southern Operations Center

2524 Mulberry Street, Media Room

Riverside, CA 92501

Free On-Site Parking Available

March 20, 2017

10 am – 1 pm


City of Tracy Public Works

BSC Training Room

520 N. Tracy Boulevard, Boyd Center – Gate 3

Tracy, CA 95376

Free On-Site Parking Available

March 24, 2017

11 am – 2 pm


San Diego Training Center

5500 Overland Avenue, Building 5500

1st Floor Conference Room

San Diego, CA 92123

Free On-Site Parking Available and Paid Street Parking


March 27, 2017

10 am – 1 pm


Temescal Beach House

6500 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94618

Free On-Site Parking Available

(If using GPS, make sure to use the address above, not Temescal Park.)

March 28, 2017

11 am – 2 pm


Lynwood Civic Center Complex

Bateman Hall

11331 Ernestine Avenue

Lynwood, CA 90262

Free On-Site Parking Available





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