Community Grants Program

Learn about a grant program for localized areas within the region that experience high concentrations of air pollution. This program encourages community-based solutions that can improve health and help reduce our impact on the global climate.

James Cary Smith Community Grant Program

This program is named for the former Air District Community Outreach Manager who helmed the agency’s initial pilot community grant program in 2009-10. Mr. Smith passed away in 2015 from ALS. The program will provide grants for locally based projects that decrease air pollution while increasing community awareness of and engagement in air quality issues.

The Community Grant program has had three prior cycles. Last year’s program funded ten grants for a total of $250,000. Funded activities include community air studies; hidden hazard mappings; school air sensor curriculum projects; local traffic/idling reduction emission measurement project; and schoolyard vegetative buffer projects. These projects were based in San Leandro, East Palo Alto, East Oakland, East San Jose, Richmond, Bayview Hunters Point, American Canyon and Pittsburg.

Fiscal Year 2018 Community Grant Cycle

For the 2018 grant cycle, the Air District has set aside $250,000 for projects in two funding pools:

  • $225,000 will be made available in total for Education and Engagement, Local Air Pollution Impact Mitigation Projects, and Community-Based Participatory Sponsored Research Grant Projects. Community Science Projects that are seeking a second phase of ongoing work are also eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded of up to $25,000 per project.
  • $25,000 will be made available for In-Classroom Air Science Teaching Support Grants. Grants will be awarded of up to $1,000 as a one-time disbursement for current K-12 school teachers who are applying/incorporating hands-on air quality science with their students. These funds can be used to defray in-class material costs, support classroom field trips, or support a hands-on curriculum unit or project.

For all awarded projects, the grant period will be 12-15 months. The project must be completed within the time-period and all grant funds must be expended by June 30, 2019.

Please see the Community Grant Program Overview and Guidelines for specific information on how to apply. Applications are now being accepted and will be open until 5:00PM Friday, December 1, 2017. Selection and notification of grantees will be conducted by December 31, 2017.

Air District staff will be holding a Community Grant Program webinar on Thursday, November 9, from 11:00am-12:00pm, during which prospective applicants can ask questions about their proposals. You can register for the webinar now.

For questions about the Community Grant Program, contact:

David Ralston, Community Engagement Manager
 

Eligibility

  • Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, including faith-based organizations
  • Community-based organizations or associations in partnership with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor
  • K-12 schools or school-sponsored projects (including teacher, parent, or student initiated)
  • Individual K-12 current school teachers (for small grant program only) 

Contact Us

David Ralston
Community Engagement Manager

415.749.8423

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