Community Grants Program

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

James Cary Smith Grant Program

The Air District's James Cary Smith Grant Program is an opportunity for Bay Area community groups, neighborhood associations and nonprofits to uplift local efforts that improve air quality and reduce exposure to air pollution. Grants must be used to design and implement strategies that foster authentic community participation in planning activities that improve a community’s environmental health. Detailed information can be found in the materials below.

The application period closed on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. The Air District is reviewing all applications, and anticipates announcing grant awards in Fall 2021. 


Important Dates

Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 10:00 AM
Informational Webinar Slides
Webinar Recording

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 10:00 AM
Tips and Tricks Webinar Slides
Webinar Recording

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 5:00 PM
All questions about grant applications due

Monday, September 27, 2021, 5:00 PM
All responses to grant application questions will be posted

Friday, October 1, 2021, 5:00 PM PST
All grant applications due

Fall 2021
Grants awarded

Winter 2021
Finalize grant agreements

January 2022 - December 2022
Grantees perform work

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. 

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

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Last Updated: 10/4/2021