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CAL FIRE Releases Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Grants

September 22, 2014
CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program has released a grant solicitation for projects to be funded by the Cap and Trade auction revenues through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
 
CAL FIRE has scheduled a webinar for Sept. 24 from 1-3 p.m. to discuss eligible applicants, eligible projects, and the application procedure. More information on eligibility, grant contacts, special requirements and deadlines is available on the League’s Cap-and-Trade Hot Issues website.  
 
In addition, six public workshops will be held across the state at the following locations:

San Diego
Monday, Sept. 29, 1-3:30 p.m.
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117
 
Southern San Joaquin Valley
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 12:30-3 p.m.
CalTrans Building
2015 E. Shields Avenue
Fresno, CA 93726
 
LA/Orange County
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12:30-3 p.m.
The River Center and Gardens
570 West Avenue 26, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90065
 
Northern San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12:30-3 p.m.
31 E. Channel Street
Stockton, CA 95202
 
Inland Empire
Thursday, Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG)
1170 West 3rd St. 2nd floor
San Bernardino, CA 92410
 
SF/Bay Area
Thursday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Elihu M. Harris Building Auditorium
1515 Clay St.
Oakland, CA 94612

Overview of Grant Programs
 
The Urban and Community Forest Program has been broken up into five grants
 
Green Trees For The Golden State: Grants of $150,000 to $750,000 for urban tree planting projects and tree establishment care during the grant period. Preference will be given to the planting of trees to optimize the multiple benefits of urban forests in environmental justice communities with special attention given to GHG sequestration and avoided GHG emissions.  
 
Urban Forest Management For GHG Reduction: Grants of $150,000 to $750,000 for cities, counties, and districts only to establish a new jurisdiction-wide tree inventory, and/or urban forest mapping and analysis, and/or long term management plan or updating existing versions of these critical management components. Projects may include policy integration and ordinance development. Applicants must show how GHG will be reduced by the project.
 
Urban Wood and Biomass Utilization: Grants of $150,000 to $500,000 for projects that will use urban woody biomass for its highest and best use, thereby diverting it from the urban waste stream and avoiding GHG emissions while sequestering GHG for a longer time period.
 
Woods in the Neighborhood: To assist local entities to purchase and improve unused, vacant urban neighborhood properties in environmental justice communities or to serve such communities for purposes consistent with the Urban Forestry Act. These projects must demonstrate how GHG will be reduced.
 
Green Innovations Projects: For urban green infrastructure projects falling within the scope of the Urban Forestry Act of 1978 that are not able to fit in one of the other Urban Forestry Grant Programs above. These projects should be unique and forward-thinking. Projects must show how GHG will be reduced. Selection will be strongly focused on environmental justice communities.


 
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