Bond expenditures will be made based under the broad guidance of the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978 and its implementing regulations (CCR 1550 et seq.); the Proposition 84 Bond Act language; and recent legislation (Chapter 488, Statutes 2006 (AB 32)), Executive Orders (S-03-05 and S-06-06), and other direction regarding the State’s climate change strategies. Some program elements will be achieved through staff-implemented projects, but most of the expenditures will be through competitive grants to agencies and nonprofit organizations. The implementing regulations for the California Urban Forestry Act provide specific guidelines for the operation of competitive grant programs, including applications, review, appeals processes, and matching funds requirements.
Grant guidelines for the Urban Greening Program will be developed and vetted through a public process, including review by the California Urban Forests Council and the California Community Forest Advisory Council. Eligible grant applications will be reviewed by a committee with interdisciplinary and multi-department/agency representation, using the evaluation criteria contained in the grant guidelines.