Latest EEM Grant Cycle Announced!

The California Natural Resources Agency and Caltrans have released the Guidelines and Application for the 2012/13 Grant Cycle for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) Program. The grant application and other information is available at the link below:

The Application Deadline is Friday, January 4, 2013.

The EEM Program offers a total of $10 million each year for 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.

Grants are awarded in four categories:

  • Highway Landscaping and Urban Forestry Projects – designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide through the planting of trees and other suitable plants.
  • Resource Lands – projects 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.
  • Roadside Recreation Projects – provide for the acquisition and/or development of roadside recreational opportunities.
  • Mitigation Projects Beyond the Scope of the Lead Agency Responsible – additional mitigation beyond the environmental impact of the proposed transportation improvement.

The Guidelines and Application are published by the Natural Resources Agency annually. The Natural Resources Agency evaluates project proposals and provides a list of recommended projects to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) for consideration and approval. Caltrans administers the approved grants.

Please address APPLICATION questions to the Natural Resources Agency at (916) 653-2812 or by email:


About John Hoole

John, as the District Local Assistance Engineer, is responsible for the administration of the Local Assistance Program in District 3, which covers local and regional agencies in eleven Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra Counties. He supervises a group of 10-12 Engineers and Planners who ensure delivery of State and Federal funds to the locals. His experience in the District includes Design, Project Management, and Programming, and prior to the District he worked as a Transportation Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration.

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