Grant Programs

Urban Greening Grant Program

The Urban Greening Grant Program was created by Senate Bill 859 to provide grants from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to fund green infrastructure projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout California. The California Natural Resources Agency, Bonds and Grants Office expects to release draft guidelines for public comment in the Fall of 2016.

Central Valley Project Improvement Act Program – Public Comment Period Now Open

The California Natural Resources Agency (Agency), Bonds and Grants Office released draft guidelines for public comment June 20, 2016. Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, allocates $475,000,000 to the California Natural Resources Agency for projects that fulfill the obligations of the State of California in complying with the terms of several agreements. One of the agreements is the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA). The 2016/17 budget appropriated $89.75 million from this allocation to meet the state’s commitments for implementation of Section 3406(d) of CVPIA to improve water deliveries on the wildlife habitat areas. These guidelines, developed in consultation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, stakeholders and partners, will govern how these funds are allocated and spent.

Comments should be sent to and need to be in by 7/20/2016.
Final guidelines and the solicitation for projects are expected to be released in August 2016. Applications will be due in early October 2016.


Guidelines are available for download here:
CVPIA Guidelines (pdf)
CVPIA Guidelines (MS Word)

California Urban Rivers Grant ProgramGrant Cycle is Now Open for Solicitation!

The California Natural Resources Agency, Grants and Bonds Office has released the guidelines for the round one funding cycle. This will be a competitive grant program for projects that meet at least two of the following five statutory conditions:

  • Promote Groundwater Recharge and Water Reuse.
  • Reduce Energy Consumption.
  • Use Soils, Plants, and Natural Processes to Treat Runoff.
  • Create, or Restore Native Habitat.
  • Increase Regional and Local Resiliency and Adaptability to Climate Change.

California River Parkways

Solicitation for the California River Parkways grant program is closed. Please click here for a list of the 2016 awards.

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) Program2015-16 Grant Cycle is Now Closed

The EEM Program is an annual program and was established by legislation in 1989 and amended on September 26, 2013. It offers grants to local, state and federal governmental agencies and to nonprofit organizations for projects to mitigate the environmental impacts caused by new or modified public transportation facilities.

To see the 2014-15 Awards click here.

California Museum Grant Program

Museum Grant Program Awards have been made for the 2014-2015 cycle. For the next round, we anticipate releasing updated guidelines and conducting workshops in the Spring of 2017 with applications likely due in September of 2017. You can use the link below to sign-up for the Museum Grant Program ListServ and receive updates.


Click here to Sign-up for the CNRA Bonds and Grants ListServ.

Click here to Sign-up for the Museum Grant Program ListServ.

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Contact Us

California Natural Resources Agency
Bonds and Grants Unit

1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-2812
(916) 653-8102 fax

Chief, Bonds & Grants

Polly Escovedo

Program Managers

Carol Carter

Cristelle Erickson

Grants Administrators

Brad Juarros

Diane Sousa

Craig Zeff

Melissa Jones

Jason Casillas

Grants Coordinator

Stacey Bell

Jocelyn Raphael