The Environmental Enhancement And Mitigation Program

The Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP) was established by the Legislature in 1989. It 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. (CA Constitution, Art.XIX, Sec.1) 

Grants are awarded in four categories: 

Highway Landscaping and 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. 

Roadside Recreation Projects provide for the acquisition and/or development of roadside recreational opportunities. 

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 the Natural Resources Agency each year. The Natural Resources Agency evaluates project proposals and provides a list of recommended projects to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) for consideration. Caltrans administers the approved grants. 



Workshops were held to assist applicants in preparing grant applications. 
Portions of the November 7th workshop were broadcast online via WebEx. 
Click here for access to the online broadcast.



NOTE: Applications for funding must be received in the office of the Natural Resources Agency by 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2013. 

Hard copies are also available by calling (916) 653-2812. 

Contact The Environmental Enhancement And Mitigation Program

CA Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street
Suite 1311
Sacramento, California  95814
Phone: (916) 651-7593
Fax: (916) 653-8102


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • California

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