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The Environmental Enhancement And Mitigation Program


4:00 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014

The California Natural Resources Agency (Agency) is pleased to announce the release of the Guidelines and Application for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP).

Read the Guidelines carefully this year to note changes in requirements pursuant to legislation signed by Governor Brown on September 26, 2013, amending the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program, authorizing the legislature to allocate up to $7 million each fiscal year (per California Streets and Highways Code Section 164.56) and creating the Active Transportation Program (ATP) in the Department of Transportation.

EEMP awards grants to local, state, and federal governmental agencies and to 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 Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation 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. Agency administers the approved grants.


Workshops were held in Los Angeles and Sacramento to assist applicants in preparing grant applications. A recording of the Sacramento Workshop is available for viewing by clicking here, and the PowerPoint Presentation is available in pdf here.


Applications for funding must be received in the office of the California Natural Resources Agency by 4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 30, 2014.

Guidelines and Application are available for download here:

EEMP Guidelines (PDF)
EEMP Guidelines (MS Word)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

EEMP Application (PDF)
EEMP Application (MS Word)
EEMP Application (Adobe Fillable Form)

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

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