Grant Opportunities, Rebates and Incentives


State, Federal and local funding opportunities become available from time to time and we share them to expand outreach into our communities. No endorsement is implied.

  • EPA Brownfields Area Wide Planning Grant.  Brownfields area-wide planning (BF AWP) is a grant program that provides funding to conduct activities that will enable the recipient to develop an area-wide plan (including plan implementation strategies) for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing catalyst/high priority brownfield sites. Funding is directed to a specific project area, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, local commercial corridor, old industrial corridor, community waterfront or city block, affected by a single large or multiple brownfield sites.  These are $200,000 two-year grants.  Grant competition is expected to open in May 2016, and applications will be due 60 days after RFP is posted.  Government and non-profit entities are eligible to apply.  For questions, contact Nova Blazej at or 415-972-3846.
  • The California Natural Resources Agency has announced Guidelines and Application for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program for 2015-16.  Applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, July 12, 2016.  You may access the EEM Program Guidelines and Application at:
  • EPA Region 9 Targeted Brownfields Assessment Program, soft deadline May 20, 2016.  EPA provides contractor assistance to research historic property uses, conduct environmental sampling, and identify cleanup options and cost estimates. By submitting a short, on-line application, public entities, nonprofits and tribes can access up to $100,000 worth of technical assistance for eligible sites. At no cost to the applicant, EPA contractors evaluate whether a property is contaminated and provide follow-up recommendations. EPA prioritizes sites in underserved areas that are ready for redevelopment and accepts applications on a rolling basis. EPA is currently accepting applications with a soft deadline of May 20, 2016. For more information, please see the EPA website,brochure and application. For questions, contact Nova Blazej at 415-972-3846 or
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $500 Million in TIGER Discretionary Grants.  The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER Discretionary Grant program) has up to $500 million available for capital projects related to highways, bridges, public transportation, rail, ports, and intermodal projects. A primary selection criterion specifically mentions addressing environmental sustainability including avoiding adverse environmental impacts to water quality, providing environmental benefits such as ground water recharge in areas of water scarcity, and stormwater mitigation, including green infrastructure. Applicants are encouraged to provide quantitative information, including baseline information that demonstrates how the project will reduce stormwater runoff. Eligible applicants are State, local, and tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a lead applicant. TIGER applications are due no later than April 29, 2016 at 8 PM E.D.T. Additional details and webinars:

Past Grant Opportunities

  • CARB (California Air Resources Board) has announced its grant solicitation for the Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Pilot Commercial Deployment Projects, funded under the Air Quality Improvement Program.  This project complements the Zero-Emission Drayage Truck and Multi-Source Facility Demonstration Projects solicitations released in June of this year.  Details can be found on the AQIP website.
  • Every year, the US EPA awards over $4 billion in funding for grants and other assistance agreements. From small non-profit organizations to large state governments, EPA works to help many visionary organizations achieve their environmental goals. With countless success stories over the years, EPA grants remain a chief tool in the advancement of human health and the environment.
  • The Prospective River Parkways Program “seeks projects that produce multiple benefits which reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase water use efficiency, reduce risks from climate change impacts and demonstrate collaboration with local, state, and community entities.” The application for can be found here.
  • The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, implemented by the Department of Housing and Community Development in coordination with the California Strategic Growth Council and California Air Resources Board, provides grants and loans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by supporting more compact, infill development patterns, encouraging active transportation and transit usage, and protecting agricultural land from sprawl development.
  • Proposition 39 allocates roughly $550 Million annually to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools. See the Proposition 39 FAQ page for more information.
  • Grants in water saving technology, rebates for turf removal projects, and other incentives offered by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California can be found here.
  • allows you to search for grants that promote environmentally friendly workplaces, schools, and communities.
  • The State of California awards numerous environmental grants listed here. State grants are awarded for environmental justice, air pollution reduction, toxic substances control, and more.
  • The EPIC program provides $162 million annually in grants for investments in green technologies, including technology research, demonstration, and deployment projects. See the FAQ page for more information about EPIC.
  • The energy network offers rebates and incentives for residents, businesses, and public agencies looking to switch to more energy-efficient systems.
  • SoCalGas offers residential rebates on appliances, insulation, furnaces and water heaters.
  • Institute for Local Government’s Cap and Trade Resource Center provides an overview of cap and trade and the funding available to local governments through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

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