Community Grants Program

Learn about a grant program that will provide funding for community-based projects that address air quality concerns in the areas most impacted by air pollution in our region.

James Cary Smith Community Grant Program

This program is named for Jim Smith, the Air District's former Community Outreach Manager who launched the first community grants program in 2009. Mr. Smith passed away in 2015 from ALS, and this program extends his vision of a more engaged and empowered community. 

The program provides grants for local projects that decrease air pollution while increasing community awareness of and engagement in air quality issues. The Air District typically offers $250,000 in grants to Bay Area non-profit organizations and school communities each fiscal year.

There are two grant opportunities under this grant program: the School Community Grants and the James Cary Smith Community Grants. 

2019 Grant Cycle Information

School Community Grants

Call for Applications: Applications to the School Community Grants Program are available starting December 7, 2018. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM, January 31, 2019.  Please review the program Guidelines.

The Air District hosted a webinar and informational session on Thursday, January 17, 2019, during which prospective applicants were given the opportunity to ask questions about their proposals. Please see the webinar presentation and FAQ sheet for more information.

School Community Grant Program Application

The Air District is offering $50,000 to school communities for projects that increase knowledge about the science of air quality, the relationship between air quality and public health, and the impact of air pollution on the global climate. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded for K-12 schools, teachers, student leaders, or parent leaders to implement air quality-related projects.

These grants will also serve to encourage collaborative partnerships between the Air District and school communities. Schools located in CARE (Community Air Risk Evaluation) or AB 617 communities will be prioritized for funding.

AB 617 Communities and Areas:

West Oakland, Richmond/San Pablo Area, Vallejo, Pittsburg/Bay Point Area, East Oakland/San Leandro Area, Eastern San Francisco Area, Tri-Valley Area, San Jose.

James Cary Smith Community Grants

The Air District will offer $225,000 for air quality related education and engagement projects, local air pollution mitigation projects, and community-based participatory research projects. Grants of up to $25,000 per project will be awarded. More information about these grants will be available in February 2019.

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Last Updated: 12/10/2018