California’s natural and working lands comprise three-quarters of the land base statewide. These lands provide food, fiber, and a variety of ecosystem services including important opportunities for climate mitigation that reduce GHG emissions from wildfire and land conversion, and store carbon in biomass and soils.
In addition, investments in organic waste management and waste diversion reduce GHG emissions as well as criteria and toxic air pollutants by reducing the amount of municipal solid waste that is disposed of in landfills. Investments in natural resources and waste diversion can also help protect against the impacts of future climate change.
The Fire Prevention Grants Program seeks to reduce the risk of wildland fires to habitable structures and communities, while maximizing carbon sequestration in healthy wildland habitat. This program provides grants to local governments and community organizations for hazardous fuel reduction, fire prevention education, and fire prevention planning.
This new program will fund climate adaptation projects for natural and working lands. Projects may include conservation agreements; adaptation and resiliency planning; technical assistance for land managers; and improved rural-urban coordination on climate change adaptation. Program webpage coming soon.
This program will provide grants to implement climate adaptation projects using natural infrastructure and will support local governments on adaptation plans to protect built and natural infrastructure from sea level rise and other climate adaptation issues.
This program funds projects to proactively restore forest health in order to reduce greenhouse gases, to protect upper watersheds where the state’s water supply originates, to promote the long-term storage of carbon in forest trees and soils, minimize the loss of forest carbon from large, intense wildfires, and to further the goals of AB 32: the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
Download Forest Health program factsheet. (English and Español)
This program provides direct incentives to farmers, ranchers and demonstration projects for on-farm management practices that build soil carbon and reduce agricultural GHG emissions. Farmers and ranchers and partnerships between agricultural operations, industry groups, academia, non-profit organizations and/or resource conservation districts can apply for funds.
Download Healthy Soils program factsheet. (English and Español)
This program provides training and work experience for young adult California Conservation Corps Members implementing projects that reduce GHG emissions. Examples include fire prevention and forest health management, energy conservation, and urban greening.
This program provides grants for community organizations and local governments for urban tree planting, urban forest management, and for the utilization of urban forest waste wood for wood products and bioenergy. Urban trees remove air pollutants and GHGs from the atmosphere and also shade buildings, which reduces energy costs and decreases air pollutants by lowering the need for air conditioning.
Download Urban and Community Forestry program factsheet. (English and Español)
This competitive grant program funds projects that reduce GHG emissions by enhancing and expanding neighborhood parks; provide greening of public lands and structures; mitigate urban heat islands; establish green streets and alleyways; and develop nonmotorized urban trails that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and school.
Funds public and private entities for capital investments in composting/anaerobic digestion infrastructure and recycling manufacturing facilities that divert waste from landfills. The program is comprised of four subprograms: Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant, Organics and Recycling Manufacturing Loans, Organics Grants, and Recycling Manufacturing Grants.
Download Waste Diversion program factsheet. (English and Español)
Funds projects that provide carbon sequestration benefits, including restoration of wetlands, coastal watersheds and mountain meadows. In addition to furthering climate goals, these types of projects are integral to developing a more sustainable water management system statewide.
Download Wetlands Restoration program factsheet. (English and Español)
This program will provide local assistance grants to fire departments within High Hazard Severity Zones to support activities directly related to the reductions of GHG emissions from uncontrolled wildfires and regional response and readiness. Projects may include pre-deployment of local resources for disaster response. Program webpage coming soon.
This program will fund a variety of fire prevention services and programs in the State Responsibility Area, including fuels reduction projects that reduce the risk of wildfire to communities, evacuation routes, and infrastructure. Other activities include defensible space inspections, helping communities create and update Community Wildfire Protection Plans, fire prevention education, fire hazard severity mapping, implementation of the State and local fire plans, and fire-related law enforcement activities such as arson investigation. Program webpage coming soon.