The Environmental Enhancement And Mitigation Program


The EEM Program was established by the Legislature 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 Agency each year. Agency evaluates project proposals and provides a list of recommended projects to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) for consideration. Anticipated announcement of awards for the 2015-16 grant cycle is March 2017.


Guidelines and Application are available for download here:

EEM Program Guidelines (PDF)
EEM Program Guidelines (MS Word)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

EEM Program Application (PDF)
EEM Program Application (MS Word)
EEM Program Application (PDF Fillable Form)

Letter from Lead Agency for the Related Transportation Facility (PDF)
Letter from Lead Agency for the Related Transportation Facility (PDF Fillable Form)

Please contact our office for questions at (916) 653-2812 or by email: