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News Release
Gresham Secures Over $4.5 Million in Grants For Climate Initiatives - 07/11/24

GRESHAM, Ore. – The City of Gresham has been awarded multiple federal and state grants to fund projects that will address heat island mitigation, tree planting and clean water. The following grants have been received and all corresponding projects are currently underway.  

  • FEMA Hazard Urban Heat Mitigation grant: $380,000 has been awarded to address heat island mitigation specifically in Rockwood. This includes pavement removal, structural soil and tree planting.  
  • EPA Environmental Justice Government Two grant: $80,000 has been awarded to the City of Gresham in collaboration with Friends of Trees to reduce urban heat islands by planting trees and creating additional tree canopies. 
  • Inflation Reduction Act Urban Forestry grant: $4 million has been awarded to the City of Gresham in collaboration with Friends of Trees to address municipal urban forestry in Gresham including urban forestry equitable planning projects such as the tree code, culturally informed outreach, workforce development and the installation and care of new trees in underserved neighborhoods. 
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan from Oregon DEQ: $121,575 has been designated for the design of approximately 30-40 tree wells along Powell Boulevard in Gresham, which contribute to clean water.  

“These grants will go a long way in not only creating a safer and more resilient Gresham but a healthier and more vibrant community as well,” said Assistant City Manager Steve Fancher. “I’m proud of how hard our staff works to continually find alternative funding sources to better our community.”  

It is important to note that these projects not only work towards the goals set forth in the City of Gresham’s recently adopted Climate Action Plan, but also the City’s Strategic Plan.  

To learn more about the Climate Action Plan, please visit To learn more about the City’s Strategic Plan, please visit 

About Gresham: 

Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition meets opportunity in Oregon's fourth largest city. Gresham’s residents care deeply about our roots and are committed to building a vibrant future. Today, Gresham is a dynamic, innovative, and rapidly growing city with a desire to thrive. To learn more, visit or visit us on Twitter at @CityofGresham.