The Strategic Growth Council Urban Greening Program is a competitive grants program created under the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84), administered by the California Natural Resources Agency, on behalf of the Strategic Growth Council. The Strategic Growth Council is composed of agency secretaries from the Business Transportation and Housing Agency, the California Health and Human Services Agency, the director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and a public member appointed by the Governor. One of the SGC’s many objectives is managing and awarding financial assistance to cities, counties, and nonprofit organizations for the preparation, planning, and implementation of urban greening projects and plans.
Program bond expenditures will be made based under the broad guidance of the Proposition 84 Bond Act; SB 732; Executive Orders S-03-05, S-06-06 and S-02-07; and direction from the Strategic Growth Council.
Urban greening program criteria were developed and vetted by the Strategic Growth Council, which received written comments and held public meetings before finalizing the criteria and initiating an application period. The Urban Greening program solicits projects and plans for funding consideration. The Urban Greening Review Team, which includes staff and technical members, evaluates complete and eligible applications using the evaluation criteria contained in the grant guidelines and performs site visits on those projects that compete well during initial review. Staff recommendations for awards are then presented to the Strategic Growth Council for approval at a council meeting. Final award recipients are posted to the SGC Web site at Urban Greening Grant (UGG) Program.