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Urban Greening Grant Program


FUNDING LEVEL: Annual budget allocation; $80 million through March 2017; A minimum of 75% funds must benefit disadvantaged communities
ADMINISTERING AGENCY: California Natural Resources Agency
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Cities, counties, special districts, nonprofit organizations, or an agency or entity formed pursuant to the Joint Exercise of Powers Act

Program Description

This new program is a competitive program that supports projects that reduce GHG emissions by establishing and enhancing parks and open space; greening lands and structures; establishing green streets and alleyways; using natural solutions to improve air and water quality and reduce energy consumption; and creating more walkable and bikeable trails that enable residents to access work, schools and commercial centers without having to drive automobiles.

Visit the California Natural Resources Agency’s Urban Greening Grant page to learn more.

Successful Project Outcomes

  • 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

Examples of Potential Qualifying Projects

County of Los Angeles (2016-2017)Los Angeles River & Aliso Creek Confluence Project. The Trust for Public Land, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, LA Riverworks, the Reseda Neighborhood Council, Revitalize Reseda and others community organizations collaborated to reconnect some of the nation’s most crowded neighborhoods to nature and open space by creating a two-acre nature park at the confluence of the Los Angeles River and Aliso Creek in the San Fernando Valley,. The park will eventually join the existing greenway via a new pedestrian bridge over Aliso Creek and more than a mile of new bike trails. The park and greenways will also absorb and filter storm water, reducing flood risk and improving water quality. More than 9,000 people live within a ten-minute walk of the new park.

City of Atascadero – The Charles Paddock Zoo & Lake Park Green Parking Lot Project incorporates the latest environmentally sustainable parking lot design features. The project created the first green parking lot in the city and became a model for all future city parking lots. The project is designed to reduce parking lot temperatures, retain more storm water onsite, filter storm water runoff and reduce landscape watering. The design includes permeable pavers for storm water capture and pavement temperature reduction, bio-retention swales for filtering and percolating groundwater and drought tolerant plants to reduce long term water usage.

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