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.

This grant program includes the Air District’s James Cary Smith Community Grants, as well as our School Community Grants.  For detailed information about the grant program, please see the sections below.

To view recipients of previous grant cycles, please visit the Community Grant Awards page.

James Cary Smith Community Grants

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 community-based projects that decrease air pollution while increasing local awareness of and engagement in air quality improvement efforts. 

2019-2020 Grant Cycle Information

During the 2019-2020 grant cycle, the Air District offered $250,000 to nonprofit partners to support community-based solutions that address air pollution. Grants of up to $25,000 per project were awarded to fund activities such as active transportation educational campaigns, urban greening projects, and environmental justice community engagement projects.  The Air District prioritized applications for projects located in AB 617 communities (i.e., identified high cumulative exposure burden areas), or projects that address an environmental justice issue.

The 2019-2020 James Cary Smith Community Grants Program application period opened on April 15, 2019, and closed on June 7, 2019. For more information, please review the program Guidelines and informational flyer.

The Air District hosted a webinar and informational session on Monday, April 22, 2019. Please see the webinar presentation and FAQ sheet for more information.

School Community Grants

The Air District offered a total of $50,000 to support school communities with 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 were awarded to K-12 schools, teachers, student leaders, or parent leaders to implement projects.

2019-2020 Grant Cycle Information

The 2019-2020 School Community Grants Program application period opened on December 7, 2018, and closed on January 31, 2019.  For more information, please review the program Guidelines.

The Air District hosted a webinar and informational session for prospective applicants on January 17, 2019. Please see the webinar presentation and FAQ sheet for more information.

2020-2021 Grant Cycle Information

The Air District is in the process of evaluating future funding opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related budget impacts, and will post information during the coming months.

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Last Updated: 12/10/2018