Community Grants Program

Learn about a grant program that provides funding for community-based projects in the areas most impacted by air pollution in our region.

James Cary Smith 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.

2021-2022 Grant Cycle Information

During the 2021-2022 grant cycle, the Air District awarded grants of up to $100,000 per project to fund strategies that leverage the power of community members to fully participate in decisions that impact their environment and health. The Air District prioritized applications for projects located in communities awaiting Assembly Bill 617 designation, or projects based in communities with an overall score of 70 to 100 in CalEnviroScreen 4.0.

The 2021-2022 James Cary Smith Community Grant Program application period opened on August 25, 2021, and closed on October 1, 2021. For more information, please see the following materials:    

The Air District hosted two informational webinars for prospective applicants during the application period. Please see the following materials for more information: 

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

Program Documents and Information

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Last Updated: 5/10/2022